Ollie Pope pointed that as a cricketer one needs to figure out for themselves so as to what works best for them.
India and England are all set to lock horns for the first Test match starting on August 4. Ahead of the series, the England middle-order batter Ollie Pope has opened up about his performances and style of play that has been in talks more so recently. The England cricketer also emphasized the importance of knowing one’s game and brought to light his average in the domestic circuit.
After Pope hit an unbeaten 135 against South Africa in January 2020, the batter has been able to chip in 519 runs in the last 13 Test matches that he has played. His average through the games has been 23.71 as in the last 23 innings Pope has scored just three half-centuries. This has brought the technique of Pope under scrutiny. The batter, however, pointed that as a cricketer one needs to figure out for themselves so as to what works best for them.
“It’s an interesting one. You’ve got to be pretty stubborn as a cricketer in this environment. You’ve got to work out what’s best for you against these specific bowlers in these conditions and work with your coaches and who knows you best rather than guys who have seen you bat on TV two or three times. With that technique that I use, I think I average 60-odd for Surrey this year batting like that against international bowlers, so there’s obviously some sort of use behind it as well. Everyone has got their opinions which is absolutely fine, but you’ve got to know your game better than everyone else.” Pope asserted as reported by Cricket.com
Ollie Pope is doubtful for the first Test against India
Pope suffered a grade three quadriceps tear during the T20 Blast tournament. Owing to this he had to miss the last two matches of the T20 Blast and two County Championships as well. Surrey played five T20s in the window of eight days and Pope believes that the relentless schedule is the reason behind the injury getting a bit more severe. He hasn’t completely recovered from the injury and is doubtful for the first Test match of the series against India.
“I’ve been hitting a lot of balls just trying to get as much running as I can done as possible and I guess in a day or two a decision will be made. I’m hopeful, but I guess it’s up to physios and management to manage the risk of it,” said Pope