England‘s explosive batsman, Ian Bell had a memorable day on field during the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup, when he smashes Australia‘s top-class bowler, Glenn McGrath for three boundaries in an over. The three poor deliveries from McGrath were straight length balls for Bell, who made no mistake in thrashing them through the cover region for boundaries. Although Australia later went on to win the group stage encounter, courtesy of a blistering innings from Matthew Hayden, but Bell stole the show. Bell, known for twinning rock-solid defence with felicitous stroke-play was expected to touch celestial heights, very early in his career. VIDEO: Ian Bell aims for 6th Ashes win

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. Video: Ishant Sharma’s bunny, Ian Bell

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. VIDEO: Ian Bell remembers 2005 Ashes Edgbaston win