Don Bradman teary-eyed when beaten by Eric Hollies' googly in final Test match
London, Sep 10 (PTI) Legend has it that Sir Don Bradman was teary-eyed when he was beaten by Eric Hollies' googly in his final Test match at the Oval in 1948.
Interestingly, his debut hundred was also against India, at Nagpur in 2006.
He is only the fifth such cricketer with the other two being Bill Ponsford and Reginald Duff.
Purists equate left-handed batsmen with grace but Cook was a paradox with his effective batting that was devoid of elegance.
David Gower's cover drive remains a stuff of legends but Cook has been a working-class hero as John Lenon would have put it.
If the ball is on his pads, he would just whip it and deliveries with width would be ferociously cut.
However, it will be difficult to remember Cook's shots even though the impact of his innings has always been felt if one looked at the larger picture.
Cook's daughters were present and the applause was generous as the Oval gave him a standing ovation.
But it never felt like an event taking place in an amphitheater-like it happened with Sachin Tendulkar at the Wankhede.
The celebrations were as minimal as they have been for his eighth, 17th or 23rd century. Happy and matter of fact.
After all, he had a job at hand. To frustrate the Indian attack no end and kill the match as a contest.
Cook said that he had "nothing left in the tank" but what he didn't say was that there was the last ounce present and it was meant for the 'Three Lions'.
There was no place for any over-riding emotions and he was as focussed against Ishant Sharma's angular deliveries on the third evening as he was against rookie Hanuma Vihari's off-breaks at the stroke of lunch Monday.
Really, he had nothing left in the tank and as his one-time teammate Graeme Swann aptly put it "Cookie is the oldest 33-year-old on the planet."