On Tuesday, former England captain Alastair Cook was officially acknowledged as the knighthood for his services to cricket by the Queen in an official ceremony at the Buckingham Palace.
Just after the ceremony, Cook said that it’s difficult for him to get used to see his name with a “sir before it”.
Left-hand batsman 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.”
The 34-year-old batsman who received this special honor after he kneeled down in front of the Queen, said that it was a “nervous” moment for him.
He said: “It is just weird when you are told you have to just walk and kneel, that you should get so nervous,”
He further added, “I have played cricket in front of many thousands and done okay but you get just as nervous just walking and kneeling, which is very strange.”
The great England cricketer has just retired from the Test cricket following the five-match series against India in September 2018.
Adding a feather to his cap, he’s the first English cricketer who is being felicitated with this honor since Sir Ian Botham in 2007.
On a whole, Cook is the 11th Englishman to be knighted for services to cricket.
The English cricketer made his Test debut against India in 2006 and had been the England captain for a record 59 Test matches and led the country to 24 wins in the longest format of the game.
He has in total played 160 Tests for his nation.