In the second Test between India and England in Vizag, Shreyas Iyer, though facing challenges with the bat, showcased his prowess in the field. On the fourth day, his exceptional throw left England’s Ben Stokes short of the crease, sending the key player back to the dressing room.
England’s innings began on a shaky note, losing Rehan Ahmed to Axar Patel after contributing 23 runs. R Ashwin further deepened England’s troubles by dismissing Ollie Pope (23) and Joe Root (10).
Collaborating with Stokes, Jonny Bairstow aimed to stabilize the innings, but Jasprit Bumrah’s brilliance undid Bairstow’s efforts. Stokes, too, faced a setback in the 53rd over.
Ben Foakes went for a single, and while Stokes had the opportunity to make it to the striker’s end, a lackadaisical approach proved costly. In a moment of casual play, Iyer seized the opportunity, swiftly picking up the ball and hitting the stumps, resulting in Stokes being run out with a mere 11 runs to his name.
While Shreyas Iyer may have struggled with the bat, his impactful fielding, particularly the crucial run-out of Stokes, played a significant role in shaping the course of the game. Cricket enthusiasts witnessed a testament to the importance of all-round skills in the sport, as Iyer’s fielding contributions became a standout moment in an otherwise challenging Test for him personally.
As the match unfolds on Day 4, India hatches the 2nd test match by 106 runs, and equals the series with 1—1.