Indian skipper Rohit Sharma injected a moment of humour into the ongoing second Test against England in Visakhapatnam. During the second day of the red-ball match, Rohit Sharma engaged in a light-hearted conversation with on-field umpire Marais Erasmus, creating a buzz on social media.
After winning the toss, India posted a commanding total of 396 runs in 112 overs, with young opener Yashasvi Jaiswal contributing a magnificent double-century. On day two, during the 26th over of England’s first innings, Rohit Sharma added a playful touch to the match by interacting with umpire Erasmus.
The lighthearted moment occurred when Jasprit Bumrah delivered a yorker that struck Jonny Bairstow on the pads, leading to an appeal. Despite the uncertainty from wicketkeeper KS Bharat and Bumrah, Rohit Sharma sought Erasmus’s opinion, contemplating a review before the DRS time elapsed.
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In response to England’s innings, Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett provided a solid start. However, Kuldeep Yadav broke their 59-run partnership by dismissing Duckett for 21 runs. Shreyas Iyer contributed to England’s woes by taking a sensational catch to dismiss Crawley, who had scored a brisk 76 runs off 78 balls.
Jasprit Bumrah showcased skillful seam movement, challenging England captain Joe Root with deliveries swinging both ways. Root’s tentative stroke resulted in an edge, caught by Shubman Gill at first slip, and the England skipper departed after adding just five runs.
Bumrah continued his impressive performance by clean-bowling England vice-captain Ollie Pope with a yorker in the 28th over. Pope, the Player of the Match in the previous Test, managed 23 runs off 54 balls. Bumrah’s two crucial wickets shifted the momentum from England’s favor, reducing them from 123/2 to 136/4.