England's former test skipper, Alastair Cook has decided to step down as the captain of England test team on Monday. He is one of the greatest batsmen to have ever played for England as he also has scored a maximum number of centuries for England in Test cricket. He took the job of test captaincy and led the team to the Ashes victory in 2013 and 2015.
However, Cook had conceded that he will continue to play for England in tests. Here are some unusual facts about Cook which are not known to everyone.
1. Inclination towards music.
In his teenage days, Cook was a phenomenal musician. As per the reports of Telegraph, he had got a clarinet through his parents as a gift when he was only eight years old. During his schooling days at the St Paul’s Cathedral, London, he had enhanced his musical skills. Even after his England debut, he had played saxophone for a program called Freefonix. Cook has also got the distinction of singing with the famous New Zealand singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
Cook's first tour was not through his cricket, he had gone on a musical tour to Brazil and the Netherlands. At that time none of them had ever thought that he would be cricket one day and travel the whole world!
2. Century for MCC
At the tender age of 14, Cook had played for Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in a game against Bedford. It got the chance to play accidentally as MCC did not have one player and young Cook was summoned. He grabbed the opportunity with both the hands and smashed a phenomenal century.
3. Cook's mentor
Former England cricketer, Derek Randall played a crucial role in Cook's illustrious cricketing career, as he developed him as a complete player. During Cook's days in Bedford school, Randall was his mentor and turned him into the player he is. Speaking to Guardian, Randall said, “I helped Alastair as a young boy, but he gave me more pleasure at this school than I gave him help if I’m honest. He’s really moved on since he was here. It’s just fantastic.”
4. Cook's wickets
Not everyone knows that Cook had bowled occasional overs in the international arena as well. In 2014, he took his maiden international wicket. He was a regular bowler at the under-19 level. In an under-19 Test against South Africa in 2003, he had taken wickets of future competitors AB de Villiers and JP Duminy. While Duminy was dismissed for 116, de Villiers was out for 99.
5. T20 ton
Almost none had even thought that Cook can even score a T20 century considering his recent struggles in one-day cricket. However, in 2009, he scored a T20 hundred against Surrey. he smashed the hundred in just 57 deliveries with 11 fours and four sixes. He also shared an opening partnership of 169 with Mark Pettini in those innings.