|Alastair Cook, Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan at the RCTC, on Monday. Picture by Gautam Bose
Calcutta: “A good punter doesn’t reveal either what he has won or lostů I absolutely enjoyed myself, though,” England captain Alastair Cook told The Telegraph after spending close to four hours at the Royal Calcutta Turf Club (RCTC), on Monday afternoon.
Cook and some of his teammates, including Graeme Swann, made an unscheduled trip to the races after the day’s nets at the Eden.
According to a source, Cook initially lost money, but more or less broke even in the later races.
Cook led from the front in England’s recovery in Mumbai, making it 1-1 in the four-Test series. Comebacks, therefore, aren’t alien to the England captain.
Swann was more forthcoming. Taking out a wad of notes from his right trouser pocket, the star off-spinner quipped: “As you can see, I had a good day.”
Like Cook, Swann was all praise for the RCTC. “Excellent,” is how he put it. The city has been staging races for 165 years.
There was an issue with the dress code as Cook and Co. weren’t suitably attired, but an exception was made for them to sit in the Stewards’ Box. That way, the security angle was taken care of.
Back at the Taj Bengal, Cook had a 45-minute meeting with team director Andy Flower and batting coach Graham Gooch. Their session took place in the ground-floor lounge with Cook coming away thoroughly relaxed.
Obviously, at this stage in the series, the worries are more for hosts India and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.