In the ongoing Test series against England, Shreyas Iyer‘s batting performances may have been under scrutiny, but his exceptional fielding prowess came to the forefront on Day 4 of the second Test, altering the course of the game.
During the final session on Monday, Iyer executed a stunning run-out of England captain Ben Stokes, showcasing his agility and quick reflexes. In a crucial moment of the match, Iyer intercepted a potential single with a lightning-fast pickup and direct hit, catching Stokes short of his crease.
The significance of Iyer’s run-out was evident from the jubilant celebrations in the Indian camp. While his teammates erupted in joy, Iyer, with a composed demeanor, signaled out with a raised index finger, in response to Stokes’ similar gesture on Day 3 after dismissing Iyer himself with a brilliant catch.
Interestingly, Iyer’s retaliation was not immediate; it was prompted by captain Rohit Sharma’s reminder of Stokes’ earlier action. Stokes, reflecting on his dismissal, admitted to his lapse in judgment, acknowledging his tendency to make “stupid” mistakes despite his experience.
Despite England’s valiant effort in their second innings, they fell short of India’s mammoth target by 106 runs. Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin starred with the ball for India, while Zak Crawley top-scored for England.
With the series level at 1-1, all eyes are now on the third Test scheduled to commence on February 15 in Rajkot. As the teams gear up for the next encounter, Iyer’s electrifying fielding display has undoubtedly provided a morale boost to the Indian side, highlighting the crucial role of fielding in shaping the outcome of a match.