Ever since it was announced all over the media that Alastair Cook was all set to retire from playing international cricket, tributes have continued to pour in both from his erstwhile teammates and opponents alike. These tributes are coming from all around the world from players from past and present generations. They all salute Alastair Cook, England’s greatest ever run-scorer.
Cook’s England teammates over the years were quick to send across their words of praise.
See some of their social media salutations below;
— Jonny Bairstow (@jbairstow21) September 3, 2018
Congrats on an exceptional career #AlastairCook. @englandcricket will lose not only an outstanding player but an outstanding human being who gave everything for his team & team mates. Was an honour to share the field with you Chef! We will now all see the huge hole he leaves…
— Matt Prior (@MattPrior13) September 3, 2018
No player has given more to the England cricket shirt .. No player has got more out of there ability .. No player has shown more mental strength than Alastair Cook .. More than that he is the nicest Cricketer we have ever had .. Thanks for all the memories Cookie .. #CookRetires
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) September 3, 2018
— Nick Compton (@thecompdog) September 3, 2018
Alastair Cook retires from international cricket 😩 He gave it everything and more. Huge respect for a guy that has achieved so much, it was a pleasure being out in the middle when you… https://t.co/bvgK9DgUkA
— Paul Collingwood (@Colly622) September 3, 2018
— Ian Bell (@Ian_Bell) September 4, 2018
It’ll be strange to see an England side without this guy in it. Some great moments on the field with Chef, but some better ones off it. A great servant and example to others around him. Sure he’ll make a great sheep farmer too! One of the best… pic.twitter.com/r2tJfXiKYj
— Jonathan Trott (@Trotty) September 4, 2018
James Anderson, who has spent most of his England days by Cook’s side, called the ‘Chef’ one of his best friends while paying a heartwarming tribute. “He’s probably the most driven person I’ve ever met. His work ethic is phenomenal. He trains harder physically than anybody and works tirelessly in the nets. He is an incredible example to everyone and I include myself in that,” Anderson wrote in his column for The Sun.
“I don’t think I’d have achieved what I have without Cooky, not just as a colleague and captain but as a friend and someone I look up to. I’ve always tried to follow his example. As a cricketer, he is the consummate professional. As a bloke, he is down to earth, loyal and caring.”
Opponents from all over the world also congratulated Cook on his record-breaking international career.
#AlastairCook has been one of the finest batsmen to have represented @ECB_cricket, and his conduct on-field and off it, has been impeccable. Well played Alastair. Wish you all the very best for what your 2nd innings has in store for you! pic.twitter.com/Y2mZd31GaN
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 3, 2018
Alastair Cook has had some career with England, but he's not finished yet… 🙌 pic.twitter.com/imwhNewbOM
— Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) September 3, 2018