Ollie Pope has astonished many by his performance in the ongoing ‘Raise the Bat’ Test series against West Indies. Nonetheless, the batsman displayed his batting skills in the third Test match where his score was 91 in England’s first innings.
Also, Ollie Pope has been quite a discovery for the English team, especially in the “Test cricket.” His expertise as a batsman has been acknowledged by several and he is being touted as one of England’s rising stars. Yet he is short of experience in the international arena but he has managed to impress big names in cricket.
One of those innumerable names is of the iconic cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar. The ‘Master Blaster’ was very thrilled after seeing Pope’s batting that he couldn’t control appreciating the talent. He, later, also ascended to compare Ollie Pope to former England great Ian Bell, who has 13,000 international runs under his belt. Tendulkar noticed that Pope has a quite similar stance and footwork as that of Bell.
“Been watching the 3rd Test, @OPope32 seems to have modelled his batting on @Ian_Bell. His stance and footwork looks exactly the same to me,” Tendulkar tweeted on Saturday.
Ian Bell responded to Tendulkar’s tweet, agreeing to the great Indian batsman.
“Who am I to argue with the great man, @sachin_rt! Hopefully, @OPope32 can kick on and score a big hundred today.”
Missing out on a well-deserved century during the first innings, Pope was dismissed by Shannon Gabriel on 91. Nonetheless, he made an important contribution, adding 140 runs for the 5th wicket with Jos Buttler. England needs 8 wickets to win after the end of the third day’s play.
Writer – Soumili Roy
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