Watch: Ben Foakes affects a lightning-fast stumping to dismiss Rohit Sharma

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Ben Foakes and Rohit Sharma

Wicketkeepers play an important role in the passage of play. They need to be alert all the time because any lapse of concentration may put the team on the back foot. Being a wicketkeeper is not that easy as one needs to keep the wickets for a long time especially in Test cricket. A wicketkeeper does so many things from behind the stumps.

There are chances of taking catches, affecting brilliant run-outs and stumpings. Although there are several wicketkeepers in the game of cricket, there are not many who can come close to Mahendra Singh Dhoni in terms of speed. During the playing days of MS Dhoni’s career in the international circuit, he used to affect super-fast stumpings in the blink of an eye.

Ben Foakes does a MS Dhoni

During the second innings of the second Test match between India and England at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, England wicketkeeper Ben Foakes affected a lightning-fast stumping to dismiss Indian opening batsman Rohit Sharma. The incident happened during the first ball of the 22nd over when Jack Leach bowled a brilliant delivery to Rohit.

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The 33-year-old opener tried to defend the ball in the first place. However, he was beaten all ends up by Leach. As Rohit failed to get a proper connection with the bat, the ball went to Ben Woakes behind the stumps. Meanwhile, the England wicketkeeper sensed that Rohit was just inches short of the crease.

Without wasting any time, Foakes affected a stumping to get rid of Rohit as he departed for 26. Jack Leach and Moeen Ali took 4 wickets each in the second innings. India were bowled out for 286 in the second innings. Ravichandran Ashwin was the star of the Indian batting as he scored his fifth Test century with the help of 14 fours and a six.

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Indian captain Virat Kohli was the second-best batsman as he scored 62 including 7 fours. Team India set a target of 482 for the visitors. In reply to India’s massive target, Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Rory Burns. Axar Patel got rid of Dominic Sibley and Jack Leach as England are reeling at 53/3. The visitors still require 429 runs to win. On the other hand, India need 7 wickets to win the Test.