‘Sachin’s straight drives were a pleasure to watch’: Ian Bell
By SMCS - Jun 30, 2021 4:46 pm
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Former England cricketer Ian Bell has recently named his ideal 360-batsman with the best shots from some of the legends of the game. And, with no doubt, he chooses Sachin Tendulkar, Alastair Cook, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Joe Root, Rohit Sharma, Kevin Pietersen and himself as well. Bell, one of the greatest match-winners for his side, has said that the batting legend Sachin Tendulkar had the best-ever straight drive and he would like to have that in his ideal batsman.

Sachin Tendulkar

“Sachin Tendulkar (for straight drive), the best I saw on the field growing up. A pleasure to watch sometimes, hard to watch when you are on the field and chasing the leather,” Bell said in an ESPNCricinfo video.

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For the cover drive, Ian Bell said, “Babar Azam like, Kohli, has got a lot of time but I’d give it to myself.” However, the only other Indian batsman’s batting which Bell would like to have in his perfect batsman is Rohit Sharma’s pull shot. “Watching him (Rohit) against Jofra Archer’s pace this winter. I know you could say it’s a pull shot or hook shot. But I have faced Archer before, that’s not an easy shot,” he added.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma

Meanwhile, the right-hander, who has more than 13000 runs in his name across three formats, said that his ideal 360-batsman should have the cut shot of his former captain Alastair Cook and who doesn’t know Cook’s calibre? “Alastair Cook for cross-batted shots, pull and cut. Really hard to bowl at,” he said.

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Ian Bell further added that he wants his perfect batsman to have the reverse sweep like England all-rounder Ben Stokes and the scoop like Jos Buttler as well. Apart from these, Joe Root’s sweep and Pietersen’s six straight down the ground is also on his list as well. “He (Buttler) makes it so easy, like crazy. I have watched him doing practice at nets. Looks silly at times but he’s a genius,” concluded Ian Bell.