Nothing is going right for England in the ongoing second Test against India at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium. Just around a week ago at this very venue, the visitors had thoroughly outplayed India and won the first Test by 227 runs to take the lead in the series. It was India’s first defeat at home in Tests since 2017.
However, the tables have turned in the ongoing game. While India have bounced back in style after the thrashing in the first Test, England have failed to build on their famous triumph. At present, the hosts are firmly in command of the proceedings after taking a huge 195-run lead in the first innings and then extending their overall lead to more than 300 on Monday (February 15).
In the first innings, India piled up 329 thanks to a big century from Rohit Sharma (161) before bowling out the visitors for a paltry 134. Ravichandran Ashwin was the destructor-in-chief, taking 5 for 43 while Ishant Sharma and Axar Patel picked up two wickets apiece as India bowled out England with the utmost ease.
In the second innings, India were off to a poor start and found themselves reeling at 106 for 6. But before England could make further inroads, Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin steadied the ship. The two took the score past the 150-run mark and ensured that India do not lose any more wicket before lunch. And perhaps the desperation to break the stand was the reason behind England skipper Joe Root’s bizarre decision to review against Ashwin.
England trolled for poor DRS call
The incident happened in the 48th over which was the last over before lunch when Ashwin was facing part-time spinner Dan Lawrence. It was a full-length delivery that turned sharply and beat Ashwin before going down the leg side. The ball was nowhere close to the ball although Ashwin had tried to flick it.
As far as wicketkeeper Ben Foakes is concerned, he continued his fine performance in the game and caught the ball in a stunning manner with one hand. In the meantime, the England fielders appealed for a caught behind but on-field umpire Nitin Menon gave his decision in the favour of the batsman. Root & Co., however, were convinced that Ashwin had edged the ball and decided to review the decision.
But the replays soon made things clear and left the English camp red-faced. Unsurprisingly, England also became the butt of all jokes on Twitter for their bizarre call. Former spinner Shane Warne led the trolling as the cricket fraternity had some fun at England’s expense.
Here are some of the reactions:
Was that review in the grand final of worst reviews ever ? 😩😩😩
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) February 15, 2021
The review of the year. Impossible to better!!
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 15, 2021
Review was just a reflection of England's mindset..
— mahesh walani (@maheshwalani) February 15, 2021
Its an insult to #DRS. England should be sacked of all their reviews for the rest of the game..😅
— Siva Kumar 🇮🇳 (@nakshatrala) February 15, 2021
— Prakash Shetty (@kitneka) February 15, 2021
Quality review by England. Similar to some of their former cricketers blabbering about the Chennai pitch.#INDvENG
— Subhayan Chakraborty (@CricSubhayan) February 15, 2021
England needs to have a review review review.
— Ramki (@ramkid) February 15, 2021
Frustrated Review 😂😂
Had it been taken by Virat, he would have been declared anti national and sold to England 🤣🤣
— “`~_Saksham_~“` (@Its_SakshamR) February 15, 2021
Great review from england. Going to blame this on the pitch too?
— Prasan Kumar (@prasan_kumar) February 15, 2021
England took a review for THAT 😂#ENGvIND
— Shubham (@shubam_kamal84) February 15, 2021
Wow – that is quite the review from England. Appealed for caught behind, turned down. They reviewed, and this is how close the bat was to the ball…..#INDvsENG #IndiavsEngland pic.twitter.com/3oFK3OJvQq
— Keith Miller (@keith_miller_nz) February 15, 2021
Desperate review there from England. India have played really well but i hope the pitch at The Motera offers a bit more for the team that loses the toss than this one. #INDvsENG
— A Little Bit Lottery (@robert_coupland) February 15, 2021
That review by England was purely to enjoy the delectable one handed take down the leg side by Ben Foakes. The whole side wanted to watch that bit of spontaneous masterpiece in slow motion. This is as much Foakes' Test as it is Ind's. THE MASTER! #INDvENG #ENGvIND @GeorgeDobell1
— Venkatraman Ganesan (@venkyloquist) February 15, 2021
England review😁😁😁😇😇😇😇🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/6F3A2DOAaw
— sanjay shinde (संजय शिंदे) 🇮🇳 (@SanjayShindeG9) February 15, 2021
DRS for England means:
"Do Review Systems" pic.twitter.com/WTiGslD4Xk
— chaithu_beardguy (@6eChaithu) February 15, 2021
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