Alastair Cook recently went passed Graham Gooch’s tally to become the leading run getter for England in tests. Cook though, didn’t display any exorbitant emotions and was calm despite scripting the new record. The southpaw rather lavished praises on Gooch and said that the England legend was his true batting mentor.
Cook passed the milestone when he crossed the score of 32 in England’s first innings against New Zealand at Headingley. Gooch was the original record holder for England for scoring the most runs in a test career as he had 8900 runs to his name in 118 test matches. Cook got to the mark in 114 tests. Incidentally, it was Graham Gooch, who was Cook’s first coach in his school days.
The England test captain was overjoyed and was quoted saying, “It would be a lovely moment. I wouldn’t put myself anywhere near in his class but it would be a great moment,” said Cook.
“If I’m lucky enough to get that it will be a moment I’ll remember but if I am 30 not out it’s important in a game situation I go on and get a big score.” Cook added, “I wouldn’t be here, or anywhere near here, without Goochie’s help, so it will be slightly strange if I do go past his record because without his hard work and dedication to me and my game, I wouldn’t have scored half the runs I would have done.”
“It’s a bit of a strange one. But there will only ever be one Graham Gooch. He’s England greatest-ever batsman,” concluded Cook.
This would boost Cook’s confidence big time just prior to the all important Ashes.