Wahab Riaz bids farewell to Alastair Cook with a beautiful message
With claps and cheers echoing across London, the Chef went to the pavilion to take off his apron.
Published - Sep 10, 2018 9:51 pm | Updated - Sep 10, 2018 9:51 pm
Pakistani fast bowler Wahab Riaz had his share of great memories on the field with “The Chef” Alastair Cook. The 33-year-old opener managed to get the better of many incredible fast bowling talents and Wahab was certainly one among them.
Respecting the rivalry they shared in the gentleman’s game, the Pakistan bowler too came up with a heartfelt tribute for the English legend, who amassed more runs in International cricket than any other cricketer from his country. Although there was a lot more he could’ve offered for the side, this perhaps was the right time considering the growing pressure coming from the selectors.
England will have to look out for someone who can fill in this herculean void, but before that, they have to give Alastair Cook a scintillating send-off. Tributes have been pouring from all across the world and Wahab Riaz too admitted that the game will miss him big time.
“Nothing better than a hundred to honor and bid farewell to the long format of our game. Test Cricket will miss you, Mr. Chef! Best of luck for the future,” he said via his official Twitter handle.
— Wahab Riaz (@WahabViki) September 10, 2018
A fairytale finish to a gripping story
Cook’s career finished exactly the way it started 12 years ago in Nagpur, with a century against India. The southpaw has been a very special player for the Three Lions and he managed to cook one of his trademark meals in his final cricketing innings at the Oval.
The 33-year-old along with skipper Joe Root added 259 runs for the third wicket, which blew the Indians out of the game. The duo batted with relentless perseverance and patience, which might’ve bee a bit boring for the Indian fans to see, but for the English, the joy was touching the peaks.
He got out to Hanuma Vihari for 147 runs off 286 balls and his long and final walk back to the pavilion was quite a memorable scene to witness. With claps and cheers echoing across London, the Chef went to the pavilion to take off his apron.