Team India‘s fielding concerns were once again at the forefront when Ajinkya Rahane dropped Keaton Jennings in the slip cordon during the morning session of the first Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
Meanwhile, England took the first session of the opening day with their steady display of batting. They went to lunch at 83 runs for the loss of one wicket in the form of Alastair Cook.
Experienced Cook, however, departed from an unplayable delivery from Ravichandran Ashwin, who came to the attack as first change.
It was an absolute peach of a delivery from ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in his first over itself. Tossed up beautifully, Cook came half-forward and tried to fend without accounting for the turn.
It bounces a bit to go past the bats and take the top of the off-stump. Since then, it was one-way traffic as Joe Root and Keaton Jennings looked flawless pouching on the loose deliveries.
However, India had another opportunity in the sixth over of the match when Rahane dropped Jennings at slip cordon.
Lanky pacer Ishant Sharma was bowling some tight line and length asking some serious questions to the England batters. It was a brilliant delivery from Ishant which pinned Jennings to the crease.
The ball curved across the batsman and got the edge. It was low and going to third slip who was Kohli, but Ajinkya Rahane dived across and shelled it. Moreover, he got both hands but failed to hang on to it.
India need’s to be wary about their poor fielding as they struggled when they last toured England in 2014.
Meanwhile, the miss didn’t go down well with the fans and they lashed out at Ajinkya Rahane for throwing away an opportunity.
Here is how the Twitter reacted:
Here we go. A slip catch down already……
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 1, 2018
Rahane has dropped a catch, good luck India. It's a mistake happening too many times. Get a grip
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) August 1, 2018
Off radar for India this morning.. bit of swing but wicket looks a belter – even paced! And just as I say that a drop catch for the first ball bowled in a good place
— Nick Compton (@thecompdog) August 1, 2018
Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! #EngVInd
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) August 1, 2018
— Dharan Senthilkumar (@SvDharan) August 1, 2018
Catches win Matches…
Oh God please improve our slip feilding
— Shiva Amirishetti (@SAmirishetti) August 1, 2018
— Shantanu Smart (@smartshantanu) August 1, 2018
During the catch drop :
Rahane : I got this!
Kohli : Tere baap ne bola tha mere court mei aane ko?#ENGvIND
— 👑रमता जोगी👑 (@Brainy_Foam) August 1, 2018
#ENGvIND #bbccricket #KyaHogaIssBaar so another series another opening spell another drop of there is one thing that can be improved irrespective of conditions thats catching, you need to practise instincts for catching when u least expect that comes from practise
— Bhaskara Reddy (@ItsMonarch) August 1, 2018