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Why Jennings family missed Keaton Jennings’ maiden Test century in Mumbai

Keaton Jennings, son of former South Africa cricketer Ray Jennings, scored 112 against India in the fourth Test being played at Wankhede. Ray, who is holidaying in Mauritius, missed watching his son score his maiden century.

cricket Updated: Dec 09, 2016 19:21 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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England's Keaton Jennings celebrates after scoring a century against India at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. (Reuters)

Keaton Jennings’ parents couldn’t watch their son complete a famous hundred on debut against India in the opening day of the fourth Test at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.

Keaton Jennings reverse swept Jayant Yadav on Thursday to complete his maiden century, becoming the third England cricketer to score a ton on debut against India. (LIVE SCORECARD)

Keaton’s parents, father Ray Jennings (former South Africa cricketer) and mother, are holidaying in Mauritius, and a power failure at the resort meant that they couldn’t see their boy raise the bat. (LIVE ACTION)

For more than an hour they were cut off and had no information on whether Keaton brought up his ton or had failed in the nervous 90s.

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“It came back on when he was on 111, and then he scored one more run and he was out,” Ray Jennings was quoted in ESPNCricinfo.

They could watch the shot that took Keaton to 100 later after family members sent them a video clip of the reverse sweep.

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Keaton was also supposed to join the family on the vacation but was called up to the England squad after Haseeb Hameed returned home following an injury.

Ray chose not to change the holiday plan and travel to India and watch his son play.

“It’s my son’s space It’s his tour and I didn’t want to get in the way. It’s his domain. I knew once Haseeb Hameed broke his finger that there was a 98% chance he would be playing but I also knew it was going to be tough.”

First Published: Dec 09, 2016 13:53 IST