Nasser Hussain, one of the best England captains, has called Ben Foakes the best wicketkeeper in the world after his performance with the gloves in the recently concluded second Test between India and England in Chennai, which the visitors lost by 317 runs.
Ben Foakes, who was drafted into the side after Jos Buttler went home after playing in the first Test in Chennai, impressed one and all with his smooth glovework as England broke a 66-year-old world record of not conceding a single extra run as India made 329 runs in the first innings. Before England, India held the record, which came against Pakistan in Lahore in 1955.
The ball was turning viciously from day one and Foakes ensured that Indian batsmen had to work for their runs and didn’t concede a single extra from his side. He also made five stumpings in all in the second Test match and effected a runout.
This Performance Proves Ben Foakes Is The Best Wicketkeeper In The World Right Now: Nasser Hussain
Former England captain Nasser Hussain had nothing but praise for the Surrey wicketkeeper-batsman.
“This is the most difficult of surfaces to keep on with its turn and bounce. Foakes hadn’t played for a long time, but his performance proved he is the best wicketkeeper in the world right now. It was not just the two stumpings that highlighted how unbelievably fast his hands are; a lot of his best work went unnoticed,” Hussain wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.
Ben Foakes, who scored a century against Sri Lanka on his Test debut, has proven his worth with the bat during his short six-Test career. He was the highest run-getter in England’s dismal first innings of 134, as he remained unbeaten on 42. He showed amazing skills and technique to counter the Indian spin trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, and Kuldeep Yadav.
“Some of his takes down the leg side, when the ball was spinning, and he would have been completely blindsided by the batsmen, were incredible, and I swear Joe Root reviewed a one-handed grab simply because of how outrageously good it was — as if the team were keen to see the replay on the big screen,” Hussain continued.