The flamboyant English all-rounder, Ben Stokes was immensely trolled on the social media storm after claiming a catch of the Indian opener, Shubman Gill. In replays, it was clearly visible the ball was touching the ground during the third Test match against India at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.
Stokes, who was standing at second slip took the catch quite near to the ground when Stuart Broad found the outside edge of India opener Gill’s bat. The on-field umpires too ruled it in England and Stokes’ favor while sending it upstairs with the soft signal ‘out’. However, the replays showed that the ball touched the ground when Ben Stokes was picking the ball up. The third umpire made wasted no time in announcing that the English all-rounder had nothing beneath the ball just after looking at one angle.
Gill was adjudged not out which left bemused Stokes, who started shaking his head with a smirk on his face. His reaction despite the correct decision did not go down well the fans as they took to Twitter to vent out their anger. Here are some of the reactions:
I want confidence like Ben STOKES 😑🙏.. pic.twitter.com/HjTEv1SS9p
— Maxtern (@Maxtern_monk) February 24, 2021
— Chinaman. (@DenofRohit) February 24, 2021
Ben stokes is an incredible cricketer but I don't think he has 10 inch fingers to get underneath this one pic.twitter.com/aQkOMWWaCz
— Subramanya Aithal (@Subbuaithal) February 24, 2021
England captain Joe Root, Broad the bowler, and Anderson were also not pleased with the third umpire’s decision as they had an animated chat with umpire Chaudhary. Earlier in the game, Axar Patel claimed a career-best 6-38 as he and spin colleague Ravichandran Ashwin helped the hosts to bundle out the visitors for 112 on an opening day of the Ahmedabad Test.
Playing his 100th test, seamer Ishant Sharma had Dom Sibley caught in the slip in the third over before the Indian spinners wreaked havoc. The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli introduced spin as early as in the seventh over and Patel trapped Jonny Bairstow lbw for naught with his first delivery.
Before the partnership between Crawley and Root could flourish, R Ashwin intervened as he dismissed the England captain lbw for 17. Root reviewed the decision but could not prolong his innings. It was a sense of deja vu for England who was dismissed for 58 in their previous pink-ball test in New Zealand three years ago.