Several key moments, on and off the field, made the second day of the second Test highly interesting. Most significant was the run-out of Haseeb Hameed where wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha finally showed how being reserve keeper under MS Dhoni had a massive bearing on his skills.
Joe Root had initially called for a second run after turning Jadeja’s delivery towards leg. By the time Root started having second thoughts, Hameed was already half-way down the pitch. Debutant Jayant Yadav slid at deep to complete an excellent pick-up and throw to Saha who collected the ball in front of the stumps before throwing it back at the stumps — Dhoni style — without even looking behind. So far out was Hameed that the square-leg umpire didn’t even need to go upstairs as India got a vital breakthrough before their spinners started working on the rest of the England batsmen.
Ishant seeks Kapil advice
Notwithstanding what happens in Visakhapatnam, there is a fair amount of chance that the pitch in Mohali (for the third Test) might help pacers. Perhaps that was the reason Anil Kumble was making Ishant Sharma bowl under the supervision of Kapil Dev, here for commentary duty, after close of play. The legendary fast bowler was seen walking up to Sharma after every delivery and giving him a few tips about his action. Sharma is yet to bowl in Tests after recovering from a bout of chikungunya but given how Kumble was seen working on him, he might soon be back in action.