Alastair Cook scored his 30th Test hundred on the fifth day of the opening Test against India in Rajkot as the contest headed towards a draw and England piled on the runs. This is his fifth Test hundred against India and to add to his achievement, all the five tons have come in India. He’s got over 1800 words against the number one ranked India in 21 matches – 37 innings – at an average of over 56.
Cook has the most hundred by any visiting player in India and gone past the four of Everton Weekes, Clive Lloyd and Hashim Amla.
Such is Cook’s sublime nature of run scoring in the sub-continent, he’s neared the 1000 run mark in India having played nine matches so far. He has a legendary list of Lloyd with 1359 runs in India, Gordon Greenidge with 1342 runs and Matthew Hayden with 1347 runs up ahead of him.
Cook built a strong partnership with Haseed Hameed in the second innings of the Test with 180 runs coming for the first wicket.
In the first innings, the England skipper scored 21 runs before becoming the first wicket to fall in the Test and could have been dismissed on the third ball itself but was put down by Ajinkya Rahane at third slip off Mohammed Shami.