WATCH: Indian players goof around as spider cam interrupts play on Day 3 of second IND vs NZ Test

A faulty spider cam forced umpires to stop play early in the second session. Indian players were seen enjoying a light moment with the camera.

Ravichandran Ashwin plays around with the spider cam
Ravichandran Ashwin goofs around with the spider cam

In a bizarre turn of events, spider cam stopped play early during the session of the second Test between India and New Zealand. Having put up a huge target for the Kiwis, India declared their second innings at 276 looking to get the opposition batters in for some quick overs before tea. Four overs into New Zealand’s second innings, a defective spider cam stooped play as India looked to gain some momentum.

Due to some technical difficulty, the spider cam was stuck in the playing area at around head height prompting the umpires to call an early tea. The incident happened right after Ravichandran Ashwin trapped Kiwi skipper Tom Latham. It was the eighth time Ahsiwn got the better of Latham. And when it was looking like India might go on to inflict some more damage, spider cam played spoilsport.

For India, Mayank Agarwal brought up his half-century as the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, Shubman Gill, skipper Virat Kohli and Axar Patel chipped in with handy contributions as the hosts put up a daunting 540 runs on the board for the Kiwis to chase down.

Netizens react to spider cam playing spoilsport as Indian players enjoy a light moment

Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav check on the spider cam
Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav check on the spider cam

As the lay was halted, Indian players were seen goofing around the spider cam. While many went on to check on the camera, Ravichandran Ashwin tried to lift it. Ashwin imitated the famous fictional character “Bahubali” and tried to lift the camera out of the playing area.

Some fans were genuinely irritated with the absurd way play was halted given spider cam’s history with interrupting play. Others were having a laugh over the player’s reactions, especially Kohli’s who asked the camera to return to its place. Other missed “spiderman” Rishabh Pant during the hilarious incident.

The ground staff were quick to remove the faulty spider cam well before play resumed in the third session. The final session of the day saw India extend their dominance as Kiwis were reduced to 140 for five wickets at stumps. The visitors now need 400 runs from a minimum of 192 overs left.

Also Read | HILARIOUS – Wankhede crowd cheers ‘Sachin-Sachin’ as Shubman Gill smashes four during 2nd Test against NZ