Ollie Pope: An elite addition to the list alongside Brendon McCullum and Garfield Sobers



Ollie Pope fell short of a double century by just four runs as India bundled out England for 420, with Jasprit Bumrah dismissing him for 196. Pope’s innings on Day 4 of the 1st Test at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium showcased his exceptional red-ball skills, rewriting Test history in Hyderabad.

Even though KL Rahul dropped Pope on 186, Pope’s innings stood out as he secured the fourth spot for the highest individual scores in the second innings as a visiting player against India. His knock of 196 off 278 balls surpassed Saeed Anwar’s score of 188* in 1999, with only three players having scored more than him in the second innings as visiting players against India.

England’s Graham Gooch holds the record for scoring the highest individual score against India in Test cricket, with 333 runs during the 1990 Test at Lord’s. Pope’s exceptional batting against Team India on Day 4 proved to be a turning point in the series opener, allowing the visitors to set a challenging target of 231 runs for India in the Test series opener.

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