Captain Cook sails into the record books

Opener’s heroics help England gain firm footing against India.

News Desk December 06, 2012

It was clearly England captain Alastair Cook’s day in Kolkatta as he broke records and remained unbeaten on 136 on the second day of the third Test against India.

England, chasing India’s first-innings total of 316, went to stumps just 100 runs behind with nine wickets left. Cook achieved the first milestone of the day when he reached 89 and became the youngest batsman to score 7,000 Test runs, knocking Sachin Tendulkar off the top spot. The Indian batting legend was 28 when he made the record. Cook then proceeded to score his 23rd Test century, the highest in England’s history. The previous record, 22, was held by Wally Hammond, Colin Cowdrey, Geoffrey Boycott and Kevin Pietersen.

The left handed opener has now made centuries in all five of his Tests as captain.

Earlier, India skipper MS Dhoni managed to score a half-century before becoming the last man out to bring the hosts’ batting to a quick end after Monty Panesar got rid of Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 7th, 2012.


Tauheed Syed | 8 years ago | Reply

Friendship and Trade with India, in the name of” WHAT ? ”, disgrace and Humiliation to our “PAKISTAN” and to our Nationals in India, how dare Dhoni an arrogant Indian Insulted, Humiliated and Manhandled our Pakistani umpire “Aleem Dar”, during the 3rd test match being played in Calcutta between Hindustan and England, where is the impotent ICC or is it the yes Man of BCCI, why Dhoni is not being Punished or Penalized for his unruly behavior against the Pakistani Umpire, why the match referee has not taken any action against this arrogant Indian and why not any Punitive action is being taken against Dhoni either by ICC or BCCI as yet. I guess It’s now up to the PCB who should and must stand up and act now and lodge the strongest possible protest with both the governing bodies, or if no apologies are being offered either by BCCI or ICC over this incident then Pakistan should Cancel its upcoming cricket series against India in India.ICC should also realize that Aleem Dar is Indeed one its elite umpire who’s being attacked in India while wearing an ICC Cap and an umpire who has won the world’s best Umpire award thrice, that is why this unruly behavior must not be tolerated and must be treated as an attack on ICC and its Authority over the game of Cricket

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