Having seen him struggled right throughout the ongoing Test series against India, former England great Graham Gooch has said that Alastair Cook's current drought of runs is now reaching worrisome proportions and it doesn't augur well for his future as a Test opener.
Gooch used the word "flatlining" to describe Cook as a batsman these days and pointed out the lack of improvement in his game on BBC saying, “My concern watching him is that I don’t see any improvement in his game, I think he is flatlining a little bit. When you are a cricketer, as a batsman you always need to improve yourself, need to look for new things to drive your forward.”
Cook, who actually surpassed Gooch as the highest run-getter for his country and affirmed his status as one of the greatest for England, has been going through a poor run of form. His run of low scores in this series - 0, 21, 29, 17 and 17 - and performance against the moving ball as well as spin is not doing any good to his reputation of being a defiant batsman.
Gooch even questioned the way Cook's been practicing in the nets these days and said, “I don’t know how he’s practicing, I don’t know what he’s doing away from the game, but I’m really concerned when I see him play because he makes similar mistakes and even at 33, 34, there is room to improve yourself,”
(Inputs from Cricket Country)