Ian Bell Biography
Ian Bell, known for twinning rock-solid defence with felicitous stroke-play was expected to touch celestial heights, very early in his career. Even when Bell didn’t make his mark in the Under-19 World Cup held in Sri Lanka in 2000, good judges of the game believed that he was a bright prospect for England.
Bell had made his First-Class debut back in 1999 for Warwickshire, but it was during the midst of another Ashes debacle suffered by England in 2001 did Bell soar to great heights in the County circuit. Bell’s century against Nottinghamshire that season at Edgbaston, what with Warwickshire reeling at 30 for three gave a glimpse of his supreme skills.
In 2004, Bell made his Test debut against the West Indies at Oval and made a fine fifty. When he got a chance to play against minnows, Bangladesh in 2005, he was in fine fettle and notched up his first ton at Chester-le-Street. Bell though, looked out of his depth in Ashes 2005. It was his hundred against Pakistan in 2005-06 at Faisalabad that finally showed Bell can step up to the plate against the best in the business.
Since then he has taken his game to compelling heights for England. Bell’s 199 against South Africa in 2008 at Lord’s, battling knock of 72 at the Oval in Ashes 2009, century at Durban in 2009-10, double ton against India at the Oval in 2011 and his three hundreds in Ashes 2013 are glittered in gold. In 2014, Bell went onto play his 100th Test against Sri Lanka. It was another landmark moment in an impressive career. Bell has also been a prolific run-getter in ODIs.
By Bharath Ramaraj