England’s all-time great opening batsman, Alastair Cook could well become the youngest cricketing knight at the age of 33. A few days back, Cook’s name was proposed for knighthood in the House of Lords. Lord Andrew Tyrie, a member of the House of Lords, put forward Cook’s name.
“It is not just that Alastair Cook is unquestionably the best batsman England have produced in recent years but that he can make a massive contribution as an ambassador for cricket at home and abroad. Nobody could be more deserving,” Tyrie was quoted as reported in Metro newspaper.
As India lost the Test series against England, the world of cricket went through an even bigger loss. Captain Cook, dropped the curtains and hung his boots, calling retirement. The highest run-scorer for England in Test, Alastair Cook, had a remarkable end to an even more remarkable career. In his very last innings, he wrecked the Indian bowlers for his 33rd hundred. The 6 ft 2 in Essex boy added himself to the tiny club of players with centuries in their first and last Test matches. Alastair Cook had also been one of the fittest and the most consistent crickets in the circuit.
Alastair Cook played a mammoth 159 successive Test matches for his side, the most by any player.
Various cricketers have been knighted for their services to cricket. The list includes the legendary Don Bradman, Richard Hadlee, Curtly Ambrose, Viv Richards, Ian Botham among several others.