Ollie Pope, the little Ian Bell, the successor of Jonathan Trott, the straight drive expert, the monopoly of Baz and rising or we can say Rosen star of England in red ball Cricket. The right-hand batter has always been compared with some of England’s greats. He has been the third-highest run scorer for England this Summer.
Having tough ashes last year the way he has performed in the county championship and this summer is phenomenal. 24-year-old has also been given the title of Next Joe root by England Fans. We will discuss how lenient or rigorous the Journey has been for him till now and what his future clutches.
How did Ollie Pope get into the international Circuit?
Ollie Pope was in the squad of England for the 2016 U19 World cup. In the same year, he joined Surrey Cricket Club. He performed more than brilliantly in those two years which earned him a national Call. He made his debut on 9 August 2018 v India at the place of Dawid Malan. Pope scored 28 in the first innings and did not get batting in the second innings.
Ollie came to the heed of fans when he scored a blistering century vs South Africa in tough conditions of South Africa. He outplayed Kagiso Rabada, AnrichNortje and Vernon Philander. That Innings amassed him huge praise from all over England and Beyond.
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Surrey Cricket Club has Played a Pivotal role in the rise of the Ollie Pope
Ollie pope can be Said as fortunate as he got an opportunity to share the dressing room with Kumar Sangakkara in County Cricket. The right-handed batsman got an opportunity to learn from the Sri Lankan Great and that too in his last years. He has admired the former Wicketkeeper batsman at several spots for his countless support and invincible tips.
Ollie has also played and is still playing with Hashim Amla for Surrey. They both have scored stacks of runs concurrently and their partnership is always a thing opponents’ bowlers aspire and strive to break. That is an added advantage that he got.
Brandon Mucculum’s trust has taken out the best of the Ollie Pope
The former New Zealand Captain worked with Ollie Pope, who was struggling to hold a spot on the Test side despite obvious talent. The Ashes shutout had left Pope unsure about his place in the team, and the self-doubts intensified after he was left out of the series in West Indies. Former England players had called his batting “panicky” and said that he finds doors to get himself out.
40 years old has enabled him to overcome the fear of getting out and playing the best of the shorts he can. We have witnessed certain amendments in his batting this summer which were called ” Typical BazShorts”. The England batsman has already talked about the role of McCullum in his turnaround and how for the first time in his career “felt like a proper No 3″ having never batted at this number before.
How Important is Ollie pope going to be for the England in future?
England has attempted many players at number three and no one has been much Successful, even in their middle order, they have always endeavoured to find permanent players except for Root and Stokes. Having built their trust in a 24-year-old player is going to bring huge fruit to them.
During their last home Series against South Africa when the entire team was struggling in the first test, he was the man who stood till the end and put up a good fight. In short, he is fitting one of the most relied players in England and he is compensating them back for their trust as well.