Prior to the series against India, Alastair Cook’s captaincy was severely questioned and plenty of the former cricketers asked Cook to resign from the Captaincy. But now as it stands, the tables are turned and by the emphatic 3-1 series victory over India, Cook has regained the respect and has paid for the trust vested on him by ECB.
Cook, on this note said that he had gone through some terrible situations and his wife, Alice had supported him throughout and also persuaded him to stay on as the captain. He admitted that such a support was much needed during his bad times and he has now come over from it by the series win against India. Even in this series, just after the loss in the 2nd test, Cook received several calls from former captains asking him to step down as the captain of the England team.
But the determined opener kept confidence on himself and came back with a glorious victory in the very next test. He even returned in run scoring ways from the third test.
He also praised his wife by saying, “You can bare your soul to Alice and she’s very good at getting you back on the straight and narrow.”
He said that after the series loss against Sri Lanka he lost his ground and felt helpless but his stubborn nature made him to remain the English captain and he did manage to come up with golden colours.
He also mentioned of the fact that he does not play the game to prove people right or wrong. It is just that he wants to win games for his country, England. He also possess the confidence and believes that he is the right man to lead the England team from the front.
Cook also recalled that after going one down in the series, he said that England will win the series and he has proved himself right and that too in style.
He also praised about his players. He said that the incredible performances of Joe Root and Gary Ballance were exceptional with the bat and Moeen Ali was surprisingly outstanding with the ball. He also said that just after the third test, confidence restored in their side and they took full advantage of it and went on to win the next two tests by a margin of over an innings and 200 runs.
He finally said with pride, “English cricket needed a series win, and to deliver it like we have has put a big smile on our faces.”