England got a dream start on Day 3 of the ongoing Test between India and England. Just within 15 minutes of day’s play, Ben Foakes wicketkeeping skills coupled with deceiving spin bowling defined Cheteshwar Pujara’s and Rohit Sharma’s journey to the pavilion. Soon, the next batsmen- Rishabh Pant also departed just after he arrived.
Pujara’s run out
Just when the day started and it was Moeen Ali with the bowl, Foakes gave yet another sheer display of skills behind the stumps. On a Moeen’s spin delivery Pujara stepped out, flicked it straight to short leg, and witnessed his early dismissal. The normal return to the crease was hindered as his bat got stuck into the pitch outside the crease. Meanwhile, Ollie Pope, the short leg fielder threw the ball to the keeper, where Foakes then eroded the bails. Pujara had to depart after a little contribution of seven runs.
Rohit Sharma’s stumping
Soon, India’s centurion of the first innings, Rohit Sharma was also outplayed by Foakes wicketkeeping skills.
On jack Leach’s bowl, Rohit Sharma stretched forward to play whilst his back foot dragged slightly little over the crease. After the third umpire’s decision precise observation under the scanner, one camera angle from the leg-side depicted evidence enough to determine that there’s nothing behind the line, and thus Rohit Sharma, after scoring 26 runs was given a red signal.
Rishabh Pant’s dismissal
Foakes vigilance was still intact even after two smart work behind the stumps. On a flighted delivery by the left-arm spinner, Jack Leach, Pant was tempted to move out which cost him a wicket. Pant returned after scoring eight runs.
The ball came dancing down, spun and got past his inside edge with Foakes collecting and stumping the ball in no time.
With bowling skills at play on the pitch at Chepauk, Ben Foakes, the keeper in place of Jos Buttler, has set high standards behind the stumps. His excellent skills get the hosts suffering early on Day 3. His sheer brilliance behind the stumps was witnessed during India’s first innings as well.