While most of the cricket fans are busy talking about the absence of Ben Stokes — as he is due to appear in court this week on a criminal charge of affray — from the English squad for 2nd test against visitors India, there are some who are looking forward to youngster Ollie Pope’s test debut, who will replace batsman Dawid Malan as the latter struggles to find his form of late.
Given below are a few facts about the promising Surrey batsman that not just fans but the entire Cricket Fraternity should know:
At the time of writing this post, like fellow Surrey star Sam Curran, Pope too is just 20-years old.
The debutant, who will be tentatively batting at number 4 for England, has had a superb run for Surrey CCC this season. He has scored 684 runs (with 3 tons) at a humongous average of 85.50, including 3 centuries and a top score of 158*.
Born and Bred in Chelsea
Although the young wicketkeeper-batsman has made his name at the Oval Cricket Ground – Surrey’s home stadium, not many know that he was born and raised just across the county border, in Chelsea!
T20 Blast Accolade
Ollie Pope was the third-highest run-getter, just behind Jason Roy and Australia’s Aaron Finch, at the 2017 edition of England’s domestic T20 Blast tournament.
Pope is only 15-matches old!
Notably, the 20-year-old who made his first-class debut in March 2017, has only played 15 red-ball games until now. Thus, with this stat, one can fairly assume that England has made a slight gamble with the bloke. Will it pay off? Only time will tell.
With his inclusion in the final squad for 2nd test against India, Pope becomes the fourth player under the age of 21 to play a Test for England in 2018, after Mason Crane, Dom Bess and Sam Curran!