As a predicted outcome of a prolonged duration of ill form, modern day legend Alistair Cook who holds the record of most test runs and most test centuries for England, announced his retirement after fifth and last test of ongoing Pataudi Trophy against India that is scheduled to be played at The Oval, London.
When whole World cricket was busy caroling Cook’s illustrious career and wishing him happy retirement, former English cricketer and renowned commentator David Lloyd came up with surprising viewpoint on Cook’s retirement.
It looked like Lloyd was not happy with Cook’s statement on retirement as he looked to highlight latter’s statement in his tweet. “There is nothing left in the tank“, Cook said in his retirement address. David Lloyd made his statement around these words and said,
“”A Cook has been a wonderful player for England .. a rock .. he says , ” the tank is empty” can’t personally see why he plays at the oval .. get the new chap in immediately“.
His followers had an assorted reaction to this while some showed assent and some dissent. On asking whether Cook doesn’t deserve a good send off even when series is already secured by England, Lloyd’s instant reply was pretty undesirable as he said,
“What! He ain’t dead. Don’t do send offs except at funerals”. Later on he said that a parade around the ground in the lunchtime, a speech out in the middle with his team around should be enough.
It is a test match not an exhibition match, I have the utmost respect for the lad, a wonderful player for England but it is better to bring in new face straightaway, he further added in conversation with his followers.
While people are seeing dead rubber at Oval as an opportunity for Cook to finish his career on a high note, some runs and with great send off by enthusiast crowd, David Lloyd sees it as a definitive time to get in a new lad. With English squad yet to be announced for the oval test, it will be interesting to see selectors go which way about Alistair Cook.