Ben Stokes accidentally punched his teammate Adil Rashid while celebrating a wicket during the fourth England vs India Test.
High-fives in cricket or rather any other game or occasions marks a celebration. But for Adil Rashid things turned out in an unexpected manner as the spinner had to cope a painful blow on his face. It all happened only after Rashid made the mistake of getting his face in the way of Ben Stokes’ fist on the final day of England’s thrilling win over India at Southampton.
England were celebrating Moeen Ali’s crucial dismissal of Ajinkya Rahane when Ben Stokes went in to hug the spinner. However, as Stokes was about to hug Moeen, his hand accidentally landed on Rashid’s face who was standing behind Moeen. But things were taken in a playful manner by Rashid as he laughed off the incident.
Here is a clip of that incident from the fourth England vs India Test:
Coming to the game, England beat India by 60 runs to seal the series with a match to go. England now lead the five-match series 3-1.
Chasing a target of 245, India started off poorly, losing their top three for just 22. But before England could take complete charge of the game, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane revived India’s hopes with a century stand. However, the hosts restored parity when Moeen Ali dismissed Kohli at the stroke of tea to set up a frantic finish. Kohli was out for 58 which ended the 101-run stand.
And as soon as Kohli departed, the floodgates opened as India soon found themselves seven down for 153. The seventh wicket all but sealed India’s fate as Moeen dismissed Rahane for 51. Ravichandran Ashwin tried to delay the inevitable for a while but could not fight for long and became the last wicket to fall after scoring 25. India were all out for 184 as England won the game by 60 runs to seal the series.
Meanwhile, Adil Rashid had a forgettable outing in this Test too. The spinner made a sensational comeback to England’s Test team for this series but is yet to justify the decision. He went wicketless across the 14 overs he got with the ball during the second innings. On the other hand, his fellow spinner Moeen followed his five-wicket haul in the first innings by taking four in the second to bag the Man of the Match award.