Alastair Cook, England’s former Test captain has admitted that taking the all important call of resignation wasn’t an easy one for him. Cook, who announced his decision to quit captaincy post-England’s 4-0 drubbing at the hands of India in December, will, however, continue to open for England and with Joe Root being named a captain, England can look forward to a fresh approach.
Cook, however, has been England’s most successful captain so far with the highest number of wins. In the series against India late last year, Cook seemed to be massively short of ideas as the Virat Kohli-led Indian outfit decimated England in the five-match series. Personally with the bat as well, Cook couldn’t repeat his heroics of 2012 and was dismissed as many as 6 times by Ravindra Jadeja.
“I won’t miss going into all the extra press conferences,” said Cook, when asked about him not being the captain anymore. “But being at the centre of it, being involved in a lot of decision-making, was the excitement of the job. Not doing that any more will probably take a while to get used to. “Ultimately I know it was the right decision for myself and the team but that doesn’t make it any easier. It has been time to move on as a person and a player.”
Speaking about a memorable 2013 Ashes win at home, Cook said,
“That 2013 series was quite an interesting one in terms of the fact we did win and it didn’t really capture people’s imagination.” “Whether people had taken success against Australia for granted, or it was expected that we would beat that team, I don’t know.”
The southpaw admitted that his captaincy career could have been a little different had England won the final of the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy against India.
“We should have won that game.” “If it was a 50-over game I think we would have won quite easily. We were playing some really good one-day cricket.”Would it have changed how my one-day captaincy was looked at? Absolutely. If you’ve won a major trophy, yes.”