Cook touches milestone, Kohli eyes another
India and England are encountering in the fifth and final Test of the series at the Kennington Oval in London.
Starting the Test needing one run to complete 1000 international runs at the Oval, English skipper Alastair Cook is batting at 66 runs on day one against India.
Playing the last Test of his international career, the 161st, Cook needed just one run to complete 1000 runs at the venue. Before starting the Test, he had 999 runs in 12 games with two centuries. His best record is at the Lord’s where he scored 1937 runs in 26 games with 4 hundreds.
On Monday, Cook announced his retirement and said that the last Test of the ongoing five-match series will also be his last international game.
Cook has signed a three year contract with county team Essex.
Anthony McGrath, the head coach of Essex said, “It’s great news that Cooky has committed his future to the club. He’s one of the best batsmen in the world and he’s so important for us both on and off the pitch. He’s a great person to have around the club and is a great role model for the young players coming through. He also has the ability to change a game with his batting and that’s something everyone wants in their team.”
With 23 Test centuries beside his name, Kohli needs one more to equal the legendary Vivian Richards on the list of most Test centuries. While Kohli has played 70 Test matches and scored 6098 runs with 23 centuries and 19 fifties, Richards scored 8540 runs in 121 Tests with 24 centuries and 45 fifties.