Former England captain and opening batsman Alastair Cook received his knighthood for his services to the field cricket. Sir Alastair Cook received the honour from the Queen during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday. The 34-year-old former English captain became the 11th player to be given the honour for services to English cricket. Making his debut against India in Nagpur in 2006, Cook went on to play a record 161 Tests for England.
Post his retirement, Cook continues to play county cricket for Essex and is the first England cricketer to be knighted since Sir Ian Botham in 2007. He also joins the elite club of former England cricketers to hold the title, including Jack Hobbs, Len Hutto, and Colin Cowdrey. Cook captained England in 59 Tests and won four Ashes series as a player - two of them as skipper.
"It has been such a special day. I can't put into words what it means, because I am not very good at that, but just for my family it has been a very special occasion," the 34-year-old said.
“Seeing my name up there in whatever capacity - you just don't get used to it. You never get used to it and I don't think I will ever get used to seeing my name with a Sir before it." Cook said post the ceremony.
Cook retired from Test on a high in September last year with his 147 in the final innings, his 33rd Test century. Cook is also the highest scoring batsman for England with 12,472 runs from 161 Tests.