Ollie Pope missed a double century by 4 runs, still achieved a special place against India, became the first batsman of England

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Ollie Pope missed a double century by 4 runs, still achieved a special place against India, became the first batsman of England

New Delhi. The first Test being played between India and England in Hyderabad is at an exciting turn. India has got a target of 231 runs to win. The credit for this goes to England’s vice-captain Ollie Pope. He missed by 4 runs from scoring a double century in the second innings but took his team beyond 400 runs in the second innings and due to this innings, England was able to give India a challenging target of 231 runs.

Ollie Pope may have missed the double century. He was clean bowled by Jasprit Bumrah. But he achieved a big milestone against India. He became the highest run-scorer for England in the second innings in India. He broke the record of Alastair Cook (176).

Pope broke Cook’s record
Earlier, the record of playing the biggest innings in the second innings in Test in India was in the name of former captain Cook. Cook scored 176 runs in the second innings of the 2012 Ahmedabad Test. Whereas, Ken Berrington had scored 172 in the second innings against India in the Kanpur Test in 1961. Whereas, Ian Bell had played an inning of 159 runs.

Missed out on breaking McCullum-Flower’s record
Ollie Pope had a chance to break the record of current England Test team coach and former New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum. Pope had a chance to make the record of playing the highest innings as a foreign batsman in the second innings in India. For this Pope had to score 232 runs. But, he was out after playing an inning of 196 runs.

Zimbabwe’s Andy Flower had scored unbeaten 232 runs in Nagpur. McCullum was second in this list. He had scored 225 runs in the Hyderabad Test against India in 2010. At the same time, Gary Sobers also scored 198 runs in the Kanpur Test in 1958.

Pope definitely left former Pakistan’s Saeed Anwar behind. Anwar had scored an unbeaten 188 runs in the Kolkata Test in 1999.

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