England all-rounder Ravi Bopara has made it clear that inspite of all the criticism that Alastair Cook has faced or is facing as the England captain, it has made him a lot more stronger as a person. Bopara said that Cook is smiling a lot than he ever did and is able to tackle such criticism’s pretty well.
“Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But in English culture we’re quite quick to jump on something that hasn’t gone right. I have known Cook and I think what’s happened to him over the past year has definitely made him stronger. He smiles a lot more than he ever did. I think he’s in a good place. He’s handling it well. He’s quite a strong character. He’ll come out the other side.
“One thing we must remember. It’s not just Alastair Cook who hasn’t scored over the past few games. He is our captain. He has done it in the past. I remember him scoring two hundreds on the bounce in the UAE. He can play and I’m sure that his form will turn around.”
It’s good that Alastair Cook is growing as a person but it’s fair to say that England ODI team is not growing as Cook is becoming a liability to this team. Neither he is scoring runs at the top of the order, nor he is leading the side well, so clearly he should be dropped. If Stats are to prove such sayings, let’s take a look at how England has performed in the ODIs from 2013 under his leadership:
Lost to India 3-2 (in India)
Lost to New Zealand 2-1 (in England)
Lost to Australia 4-1 (in Australia)
Lost to Sri Lanka 3-2 (in England)
Lost to India 3-1 (in England)
Currently, 0-2 in the series against Sri Lanka (in Sri Lanka)
If this continues to happen, then I think that England would not be able to reach even the quarter-final’s of the World Cup 2015. Kevin Pietersen is right in saying that Cook should resign as the ODI captain and hand over the reigns to Eoin Morgan. This is the right time for the likes of Alex Hales and James Taylor to come into the ODI team if England are to do something in the World Cup.
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