Watch: Ben Foakes Pulls Off Yet Another MSD-Esque Stumping To Dismiss Rishabh Pant

Watch: Ben Foakes Pulls Off Yet Another MSD-Esque Stumping To Dismiss Rishabh Pant

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Ben Foakes [Image Credit: BCCI]

If you still had doubts over Ben Foakes imperious wicket-keeping skills already, then guess all those doubts would have been put to rest now, given the way the English stumper has gone about his business on the third morning.

England have endured a disappointing Test match thus far but if there is one positive that they will take from this even if they end up losing it, then it will be the manner in which Ben Foakes has gone about his business both in front as well as behind the stumps throughout the match.

On a track where English batsmen looked like a cat on a hot tin roof, Ben Foakes brought a lot of calm to the crease as he stayed unbeaten on a brilliantly compiled 42 even as the wickets continued to fall around him.

Foakes had already impressed with his keeping skills in the first innings where he did not concede even a single extra but on Monday, the birthday boy was unarguably at his imperious best as he enthralled everyone with his whiplash hands, reminding one and all of a certain MS Dhoni.

Ben Foakes
Ben Foakes [Image Credit: BCCI]
Foakes affected two brilliant stumpings on the third morning. The first of his two victims was Rohit Sharma, who was beaten on the outside edge by the sharp dip and turn by Jack Leach. Ben Foakes collected the ball cleanly and broke the stumps before Rohit could move his foot back in the crease.

And, then it was the turn of Rishabh Pant. Pant, who was promoted ahead of Ajinkya Rahane, once again decided to take on Jack Leach by dancing down the track but this time he was beaten by the turn and Ben Foakes did the rest as he collected the ball and dislodged the bails at the speed of Chennai’s adopted son MS Dhoni.

And by doing that Ben Foakes has now become the first England wicketkeeper to make three stumpings in a Test since Alan Knott, v Aus, Headingley 1968 and for the first time in a Test in Asia.

Watch the dismissal here:

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