While the 22-year-old English middle-order batsman Ollie Pope has rescued the hosts from the difficult situation and he is now guiding the team to the good first innings total in the ongoing third and final Test against the visitors West Indies at Manchester, the legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar compared his batting with another England legendary cricketer.
The last Test of the ongoing series between England and West Indies began on last Friday (24th July), where England team was sent to bat first by the Caribbean Test skipper Jason Holder. While once the English team was struggling on 122/4, the middle-order batsmen Ollie Pope and wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler controlled the innings in the final session of the opening day.
At the stumps of the day, they have already built up 136 runs partnership for the unbroken fifth wicket. While Buttler was batting on 56 runs off 120 balls, Pope was also not out on 91 runs off 142 balls (11 fours). Their batting helped England to finish the day on 258/4.
Ollie Pope seems to have modelled his batting on Ian Bell: Sachin Tendulkar
While Sachin Tendulkar is following ongoing England vs West Indies Test series, he has felt huge similarities between Pope and the veteran English cricketer Ian Bell. Tendulkar thinks that Pope’s stance and footwork are exactly copycat of Bell.
Tendulkar tweeted, “Been watching the 3rd Test, @OPope32 seems to have modeled his batting on @Ian_Bell. His stance and footwork looks exactly the same to me. #ENGvWI”
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 24, 2020
The 38-year-old Ian Bell is still active in England domestic cricket. While he served for England between 2004 and 2015, he played 118 Tests, 161 ODIs and eight T20Is and scored 7727 runs (average 42.69), 5416 runs (average 37.87) and 188 runs (average 26.85).
Ollie Pope made his Test debut during the 2018 Lord’s Test against India. While the young right-handed batsman’s first-class batting average is 57.14, he played nine Tests before the ongoing Test and scored 473 runs (average 39.41), including one century and three half-centuries.