Great ambassador for the game who has never gone out of line, this was India captain Virat Kohli’s tribute to England batting legend Alastair Cook, who retired from international cricket.Cook scored a century in his last Test to end his international career on a high as England completed a 4-1 win over India in the five-match series Tuesday. “He’s a great example for everyone to love Test cricket so much and has so much determination and passion to play for the country. He’s been a great ambassador for the game,” Kohli said in the post-match press conference.
“I certainly have a lot of respect for him because he’s one guy who has not gone out of line ever. Doesn’t say a word to anyone in a negative manner, just carries on with his work and he’s very sure about his work as well. I wish him well.”
Kohli said Cook’s determination reflects in his batting as he scored 147 runs in his last Test which was also his 33rd century. “More often than not, we have given the advantage to the opposition rather than them brilliantly turning around a situation,” he said.
England’s late-order came to their rescue often during the series and Kohli said his team needs to apply sustained pressure and not allow opponents to wriggle out of tough situations.
“I know Sam (Curran) has been outstanding in this series but apart from that particular batting slot, it has not been up to brilliant batting always.