Retiring England batsman Alastair Cook said he has to thank Jasprit Bumrah for saving him from some “heartache” as the overthrow from the Indian pacer helped him bring up his 33rd century in the final Test innings of his career. Batting at 96, Cook drove Ravindra Jadeja for a single. Bumrah threw hard at stumps and it resulted in an overthrown boundary, giving the batsman five runs.
“I remember cutting it for 97 thinking that’s three more to go. Just as he (Bumrah) let it go I thought, ‘hang on a minute – he’s launched that pretty hard’. As soon as I saw Ravi (Jadeja) not anywhere near it I thought ‘hang on a minute… hang on a minute’.
“Look – it (the overthrow) saved me a lot of heartache. He’s (Bumrah) also caused me a lot of heartache in this series. For him to then give me that little moment there, I’ll thank him for a while,” said Cook.
“Then obviously it erupted. Joe (Root) didn’t say anything. He was just saying “wow”. He was just smiling. I think he was telling me to better take it in. The ovation was just incredible. That’s probably the only one I’ve really taken in and thought – ‘wow’. Then obviously the last 10-minutes as well today was special,” he added.