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Cooks' recipe, maiden's delight

"I'll have to keep my eye out for her," said the England debutant, who has a lot more apart from runs on his plate.

india Updated: Mar 05, 2006 18:01 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The debutant England batsman Alastair Cook has been in India for barely a week but he is already causing a stir off the pitch as well as on it.

On Saturday, as he rested at the non-striker's end halfway through the innings that was to end with his historic century, umpire Aleem Dar drew his attention to a banner in the crowd -- it was a marriage proposal from an Indian girl.

"... The umpire told me about a girl in the stands holding up a banner asking me to marry her. I said I'll have to keep my eye out for her," the 21-year-old bachelor was quoted as saying.

Cook said he was struggling to come to grips with what he had achieved over the past four days.

"It hasn't sunk in yet. Obviously I'm delighted, but I can't really describe how I feel. I'm just letting it soak in and enjoying the moment."

Cook was the toast of the British media who went lyrical in their praise of the Essex batsman who marked his England debut with a century in the second innings of the first Test against India at Nagpur.

'Cook's Tour de force," read a headline in tabloid 'Mail on Sunday' referring to the batsman's surname and famous British travel agents Thomas Cook.

"England's new hero flies 10,000 miles across nine time zones to score a century in his first Test," it added, recalling the fact that Cook had been summoned to India from the 'A' team's tour of the West Indies at the last minute.

First Published: Mar 05, 2006 16:33 IST