Officially Sir Alastair Cook! Former England captain receives knighthood from the Queen

first_imgFormer England captain Alastair Cook received knighthood for his services to cricket from the Queen at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday. Cook along with former England rugby skipper Bill Beaumont was knighted during the ceremony.Sir Alastair Cook is the first cricketer since Ian Botham in 2007 to receive the knighthood. Cook retired from international cricket last year after slamming a ton against India in England’s 3-1 Test series win.Cook scored 12,472 runs from 161 Tests and is leading run-scorer for England in the longest format of the game. Cook has 33 centuries and 57 half-centuries in Tests. He played 92 ODIs and four T20Is, scoring 3271 runs in the limited-over formats.Despite retiring from international cricket, Cook decided to continue his domestic career in England. The 34-year-old renewed his contract with Essex, signing a three-year deal with the County Championship side last year. Notably, Cook is only the second player after Sir Richard Hadlee in 1990 to receive knighthood while being an active player.The one day we will accept Alastair Cook not using a Gray-Nicolls.Arise, Sir Alastair. Our hero.Congratulations.(Image via @PA) pic.twitter.com/U6gDf9dupCGray-Nicolls (@graynics) February 26, 2019″Seeing my name up there in whatever capacity – you just don’t get used to it. You never get used to it and I don’t think I will ever get used to seeing my name with a Sir before it. It is just weird, when you are told you have to just walk and kneel, that you should get so nervous,” Cook was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.advertisement”I have played cricket in front of many thousands and done okay but you get just as nervous just walking and kneeling, which is very strange.”Also Read | Sanath Jayasuriya responds to ICC ban: Accepted charges to protect integrity of cricketAlso Read | India vs Australia 2nd T20I: Chinnaswamy pitch expected to be batting-friendlyAlso See:last_img

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