England batsman Ollie Pope says he does not mind copying Virat Kohli's style while playing

The 20-year-old Surrey batsman was in awe of Kohli's batting technique and said watching him, especially in the Nottingham Test where India beat England by a whopping 203 runs, was a treat to his eyes.

Press Trust of India, Feb 09, 2019 21:45:43 IST

Ollie Pope is normally averse to copying any other cricketer's style, but the young England batsman Saturday admitted that India captain Virat Kohli is someone who he doesn't mind imitating.

The 20-year-old Surrey batsman was in awe of Kohli's batting technique and said watching him, especially in the Nottingham Test where India beat England by a whopping 203 runs, was a treat to his eyes.

File image of Ollie Pope. Image courtesy: Twitter @OPope32

File image of Ollie Pope. Image courtesy: Twitter @OPope32

"I usually don't try and copy other players, but one player I wouldn't mind is Kohli, to be honest," said Pope, who is currently on a tour to India with the England Lions.

"I think the way he (Kohli) played there (in Nottingham), it was awesome to play against him and see him first-hand. The way he stood outside his crease when he batted and tried to negotiate the swing. He was who I enjoyed watching and I learnt a lot from him," he added.

Kohli played superb knocks of 97 and 103 to help India register its lone Test win over England in the five-match series last year.

Pope made his Test debut against India at the age of 20 and batted at the crucial No 4 spot, and by his own admission the experience was "surreal".

"I sort of experienced the ups and the downs within two weeks of cricket, which has actually put me in good stead for the future. It doesn't really get bigger than that," Pope said.

"The Test series was a good way of me to understand what sort of a player I was. Mentally I felt I coped with all of that pretty well.

 

Updated Date: Feb 09, 2019 21:45:43 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
New Zealand 4 3 0 1 7
India 4 3 0 1 7
England 4 3 1 0 6
Bangladesh 5 2 2 1 5
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 5 1 3 1 3
South Africa 5 1 3 1 3
Pakistan 5 1 3 1 3
Afghanistan 4 0 4 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254