Is that fake fielding? Sunil Gavaskar reacts on Ravindra Jadeja’s fielding effort against Ross Taylor

The all-rounder certainly scared a lot of Kiwi fans with his actions.

Rohan Gulaty Author

Updated - 24 June 2021 12:10 am

The final showdown of the World Test Championship went down the wire on Day 6 in Southampton. Chasing a target of 139, New Zealand found themselves in a slight state of bother after losing two wickets to Ravichandran Ashwin in quick succession. With the score reading 44/2, the onus was on the experienced duo of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor and India were just one wicket away from putting the pressure back on the Kiwis. With things so evenly poised, a moment happened in 23rd over when everyone thought that India had got a breakthrough but in reality nothing had happened.

With Ross Taylor facing Mohammed Shami for the first time, he latched on to a wide delivery and smashed a brilliant cut. The ball went straight to Ravindra Jadeja at backward point who threw the ball straight in the air as the fans in the stadium screamed with joy. Even on-air commentator Isa Guha was made to believe that it was a catch before everyone calmed down to realize that the ball had comfortably bounced before going to Jadeja.

The all-rounder also had a hilarious reaction as he surely fooled everyone with his antics as on-air commentator Sunil Gavaskar asked, "Does it come under fielding? 5 penalty runs?" reflecting on batsmen and bowlers often try to fake each other by moving here and there with their batting stance and bowling run-up.

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Simon Doull just laughed off the argument stating that even commentary was fake as even they thought that it was a wicket but as it stood, Ross Taylor survived and Doull, along with all the Kiwi fans heaved a huge sigh of relief.