Watch: Ben Foakes’ horrific gesture sparks spirit of cricket debate on Twitter

Ben Foakes' stumping against Jasprit Bumrah

England’s wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes sparked a spirit of cricket debate on Twitter during the first Test against India. Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium played host to a thriller between the teams.

While the competition between bat and ball was exciting, an incident occurred during the game that caught the attention of many. During the end of day 4, England goalkeeper Ben Foakes tried to remove Jasprit Bumrah to close the match quickly.

But that was not the normal behavior that goalkeepers do in the game. Ben Foakes tried to be cheeky that the partnership between Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj was ultimately taking the game away from England in the final session of the game.

Jasprit Bumrah tried to dispatch Tom Hartley’s short ball for a great shot. However, he completely missed the ball and was furious with himself. He jumped into the box in frustration because he couldn’t save the bowler’s gift.

As he jumped, Ben Foakes behind the stumps took the opportunity to do so. His bail was immediately removed and he appealed the dismissal. However, he did not affect India as Jasprit Bumrah put his foot down before the stumps broke.

Here is the video:

The innings did not last long after that as Tom Hartley removed Mohammed Siraj and India were bowled out for 202 runs. England won the game by a margin of 28 runs and took a 1-0 lead in the series. Tom Hartley picked 7 wickets with the ball and put India’s batsmen under immense pressure. Earlier with the bat, Ollie Pope hit a brilliant 196 runs to help his team set a target of 231 runs.

India will have a lot to work on after an embarrassing home loss against the England national cricket team. Several former cricketers criticized Rohit Sharma & Co. for playing regular cricket during the last two days of play and losing the lead they had after the first day of play.

The second Test will be played from February 2 to 6, 2024 at the Dr. YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam. India is also sweating over the availability of star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who suffered a hamstring injury during the final innings of the match while running between the wickets. Currently, there is no official update on Ravindra Jadeja, but if he misses the second game, it will be a huge blow for India who are trailing 0-1 in the series.

Fans on Twitter react as Ben Foakes tries to stump Jasprit Bumrah as he jumps in frustration.

When Ben Foakes tried to stump Jasprit Bumrah while jumping in frustration, fans on Twitter reacted. They lashed out at the keeper-batsman for not showing the spirit of cricket and provoked some angry reactions. Here are some of them: