Young England batsman Ollie Pope has been quite impressive in the ongoing Test series between England and South Africa and is already being called the next star of English Cricket. The 22-year old batsman from Surrey has revealed that he watches top batsmen like Virat Kohli and Steve Smith and tries to emulate the way they have been successful.
Since his county debut, Ollie Pope has appeared as one of the most talented batsmen in the domestic circuit. He averages 58 in first-class cricket and it has been only recently that he has to be able to carry his county success into international cricket.
“I went about my innings by just remembering how some of the best players have done it. I remember watching Virat Kohli and Steve Smith when they played against England and how even when they were nine down, they were trying to face almost every ball”, Pope said in an interview talking about his match-winning knock in Cape Town.
Pope went on say that along Joe Root, these are the two players that every youngster wants to be like. Pope hopes to get a few good knocks in before he can build on that and shoe consistent like the two modern greats, Smith and Kohli. Pope even stated that he wasn't looking to copy any of their techniques but learn how their foundation is so strong.
The middle-order batsman had made his Test debut against India in 2018 but was dropped two Tests. Recently, he made a comeback in New Zealand and has been doing well with the bat since for the side. He has also kept wickets in one of these Tests.
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