‘Take a bow, Ollie Pope’- Fans react as Ollie Pope smashes 196 runs against India in Hyderabad

Fans heap praises on Ollie Pope for his outstanding innings of 196 runs on a spin-friendly track against India's formidable bowlers. Joe Root also praises it as one of the best innings he has witnessed.

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The first Test between India and England at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad is turning out to well-fought contest between both teams, courtesy of a generational innings of 196 runs by Ollie Pope. After bundling out for a below-par score of 246 runs in the first innings and conceding 436 runs, England were down and out in the game. 

But England made a scintillating comeback in the 2nd innings and showed their prowess with the bat and amassed a huge second innings score of 420 runs on the back of Ollie Pope’s 196 runs, who was the England team’s mainstay in the 2nd innings. The rest of the England batters like Zak Crawley and Benn Duckett got starts on a slow track but weren’t able to capitalize on it.

Pope, along with some assistance from Ben Foakes (34), Rehan Ahmed (28), and Tom Hartley (34) managed to get England a lead of 230 runs in the 2nd innings and set a competitive target of 231 runs for India in the 2nd innings. England maintained a solid run rate of more than 4 in their 2nd innings and made the Indian bowlers toil hard for wickets on a spin-consec conducive wicket.

Joe Root calls Pope's innings one of the best he has seen

England’s premier batter Joe Root praised the batting effort from Ollie Pope and even called it one of the best innings he had seen. Root, who himself has been at the helm of some of the great knocks in subcontinent conditions, could not help himself from showering praises for Ollie Pope.

Speaking about Pope’s innings after Day 3, Root said, “It's one of the best knocks that I've ever seen. I've seen a lot of cricket, played and batted out there in the middle with a lot of brilliant players and to witness that today was really special."

He further added, “I think that's (Pope's innings) the benchmark. Honestly, I might have scored a few runs in the subcontinent. But not on a surface like that against an attack like that. Honestly, that was special today and it gives a lot of confidence to the rest of the group as well seeing Popey stand up like that. He spoke this morning in front of the group to back that up.

"To lead from the front as vice-captain of this team shows a lot about him as a character. And as about us developing as a team. We don't always judge ourselves on results; there are other things and benchmarks we look at, but this is another great step in the right direction in the long-term sense for this group of players.”

Social Media Reaction

Cricket fans also heaped praises on Ollie Pope for his brilliant innings on a spin-friendly track against the dominant bowlers of India. They took to X, formerly Twitter to praise the English batter. Some of the tweets from fans are:

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