After securing a comprehensive win against India in the opening clash in Chennai a week earlier, England were completely eliminated from the hosts in the following competition played at the same venue. The hosts have set the proceedings from Day 1 and are now just seven wickets away from bouncing back in the series, while England need to score another 429 at a sharp turn at Chepauk to save the match.
However, if England wants to take anything positive from the competition, it will surely be Surrey wicketkeeper Ben Fox’s performance, whether it is with the bat or his fast work behind the stumps.
The 28-year-old emerged as the highest run-scorer from the England camp in his first innings as he remained unbeaten on 42 as the visitors were out of wickets.
With the gloves, Fox has been even better and his performance in Day 3 of the ongoing competition definitely reminded Indian cricketers of their former captain MS Dhoni, who is noted for his superb wicketkeeping abilities.
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– Great moments of cricket (@PitchedInLine) 15 February, 2021
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On Monday, Fake impressed two incredible stumpings, with India opener Rohit Sharma becoming the first victim of the day. Rohit, who scored a superb 161 on the opening day of the competition, was dismissed for 26 in the second innings as he had to complete the rest in a combination of Jack Leach and Fox. Before Rohit could get his foot on the crease, the wicketkeeper hit the bails.
Fake carried out another excellent stumping, making Indian counterpart Rishabh Pant the second victim of the day. Pant failed to get a connection against Leach as the track charged, as Fox uprooted the stumps at MSD-City speed.
Fox’s effort was accepted by former English cricketer Matt Prior and Australia veteran Adam Gilchrist.
This is a full master class from Ben Fox behind the stumps #INDvENG
– Matt Prior (@ mattpire13) 15 February, 2021
Geez, how awesome is Ben Fox #INDvENG
– Adam Gilchrist (@ gilly381) 15 February, 2021
Really impressed with Ben Fox’s wicket keeping skill. It is fantastic to win 0 in the first innings under challenging conditions. Soft hands, neat collection, fast to dislike stumps. Haven’t seen many foreign keepers keep well here for long. #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/yT5HyNtV Bank
– Wasim Jaffer (@ WasimJaffer14) 15 February, 2021
Meanwhile, India fully captured the ongoing Test against England in Chennai as the visitors finished Day 3 at 53/3 and required 429 runs to win the competition. Joe Root (2) and Daniel Lawrence (19) are at the crease and the pair will return to the England team on Tuesday.