London: Former England wicketkeeper Alec Stewart believes that even though MS Dhoni had sharp hands as a keeper, currently Ben Foakes is even better behind the wicket. In the first two Test matches against India, Ben Foakes has earned praise for his wicketkeeping skills in conditions that present a tough test for overseas keepers.
So far, he has taken six catches and made two stumpings on the India tour, including two brilliant catches off the bowling of leg spinner Rehan Ahmed in Visakhapatnam. ‘He does things no one else can do,’ Stewart told The Times. His hand speed is no less than anyone. MS Dhoni had fast hands but Fox has the fastest hands in this game.
Stewart, who was a wicketkeeper in 82 Test matches for England during his playing days, helped Ben Foakes prepare for the Test tour of India as director of cricket at county club Surrey. He spoke about the preparation work done under his watch by Ben Foakes in his ten-week preparation for the India tour, which included sessions between Christmas and New Year.
In Hyderabad, Ben Foakes played a key role with the bat and shared a 112-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Ollie Pope, who scored an impressive 196. However, he missed the mark by stumping KL Rahul early in the first innings. Were. Ben Foakes has been a reliable keeper and an excellent player behind the stumps for England in this series.
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