WATCH: “Come on yaar, Ben,” says Kohli on Stokes taking too much time between deliveries at Ahmedabad

Despite winning a crucial toss, England could not capitalise on the advantage and lost as many as 9 wickets to the spin duo of Axar Patel and R Ashwin.
Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 25 February 2021 10:21 am

Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s reaction on Ben Stokes taking too much time between deliveries was caught on the camera and stump mic during England’s first innings of the ongoing third Test at Ahmedabad. Kohli said, “Come on yaar, Ben,” as the southpaw seemed to take his own time despite the bowler being ready to complete his over. Stokes stay at the wicket didn’t last long though as he became one of Axar Patel’s six victims. England were eventually bowled out for 112.

What exactly happened?

While Stokes was the man at the crease, off-spinner R Ashwin was bowling for India. Despite Ashwin being up and ready for bowling his next ball, Stokes stopped him as he wasn’t quite ready. He even seemed to suggest some disturbance and signalled it with his hands. It was at this point that Kohli walked up to him to make that remark.

Here is the video:

The third-Test of the four-match India-England series is happening at newly renamed Narendra Modi Stadium which boasts of having the largest capacity for a cricket stadium at a remarkable 1.32 lakhs. A place at the ICC World Test Championship final is at stake for both the teams which is set to be staged later in the year at the iconic Lord’s. New Zealand have already sealed a place in the final of the inaugural cycle of the Test Championship.

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