England wicket-keeper Ben Foakes has been excellent behind the stumps in the ongoing second Test against India. On a challenging turning wicket in Chennai, the 28-year-old has shown some exemplary glovework, with some excellent takes and breath-taking stumpings.
Foakes was also the only batter who looked comfortable against the Indian spinners during England’s horrific batting display in the first innings at Chepauk. While his gritty knock of 42* was also well worth of certain applause, it has instead been his wicket-keeping heroics that has become the talk of the town.
Foakes did not concede a single bye in the first innings while also completing two safe catches. He also pulled off a brilliant stumping off Moeen Ali to dismiss Axar Patel. Although the first-innings performance was praise-worthy, his glovework in the second innings left everyone in awe.
As the ball started to turn square on Day 3 in Chennai, Foakes grabbed everything that was missed by the Indian batsmen. He reacted quickly to run-out Cheteshwar Pujara, while he pulled off two excellent stumpings to send Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant back to the pavilion.
Here’s How Twitter Reacted to Ben Foakes’ Wicket-Keeping ‘Masterclass’
Ben Foakes, who is playing his first Test in India, was drafted into the side in the second Test after Jos Buttler went back home to prepare for the limited-over series. While the overseas wicket-keepers have often been seen struggling behind the stumps on rank-turners in the sub-continent, Foakes has certainly stood out with his performance.
Former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer praised Foakes’ soft hands and clean collection, S. Badrinath hailed the strong fundamentals and excellent skills of the England wicket-keeper. Matt Prior termed Foakes’ performance as ‘absolute master-class’, Hemang Badani summarised his display as ‘simply brilliant’.
Really impressed with wicket keeping skills of Ben Foakes. To concede 0 byes in the first innings in challenging conditions is superb. Soft hands, clean collection, fast to dislodge stumps. Not seen many overseas keepers keep so well here for long time. #INDvsENG pic.twitter.com/yT5HyNtV8l
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) February 15, 2021
— S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) February 15, 2021
This is an absolute master class from Ben Foakes behind the stumps 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 #INDvsENG
— Matt Prior (@MattPrior13) February 15, 2021
Simply brilliant!! https://t.co/LsbLz3V76S
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) February 15, 2021
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) February 15, 2021
Ben Foakes reminds me of a certain wicket keeper batter from England who made us all believe ‘wicket keeping’ is a superpower. 💥@Sarah_Taylor30
— Shikha Pandey (@shikhashauny) February 15, 2021
— Rohan Gavaskar (@rohangava9) February 15, 2021
Absolutely brilliant stumping that from Foakes. Does not get better than that. 👏👏👏#PantDismissal
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) February 15, 2021
— DK (@DineshKarthik) February 15, 2021