Twitter can’t control their laughter after Keaton Jennings succumbs to a ‘pigeon’
The pigeon somewhat broke Jennings' concentration.
Published - Aug 1, 2018 9:24 pm | Updated - Aug 1, 2018 9:25 pm
Concentration is paramount in order for a batsman to bat for longer periods of time. Keaton Jennings, the South African born cricketer who hasn’t featured consistently in the English team, needed the same to score some runs and cement his place in the team for further assignments. He was drafted into the team in a Test match against Pakistan as a replacement of Mark Stoneman.
He flattered to deceive but was selected in England’s squad for their opening Test against India at Edgbaston in Birmingham. He was jittery early in his knock and got a lifeline in the sixth over of the match. Ishant Sharma bowled a superb delivery, which shaped away from the left-hander. But Ajinkya Rahane dropped a simple catch in the slip cordon, much to the relief of Jennings.
‘Pigeon’ gets rid of Jennings
England lost Alastair Cook, however, Jennings ensured that he stayed with skipper Joe Root and play out the remainder of the pre-lunch session. He eventually scored 42 runs off 98 deliveries with four boundaries. He buckled down after a tentative start and looked determined to notch a significant score. He started the post-lunch session from where he left, but fortunes had something bizarre in store for him.
In the start of the 35th over from Mohammed Shami, a black-coloured pigeon sat nearby the pitch. It somewhat broke Jennings’ concentration. He and Root tried to move the bird away. Play eventually resumed and as Shami ran in from around the wicket. The speedster churned out a vicious in-dipper that caught the batsman napping.
He tried to get in the line of the delivery and seemed to have staved it off. The ball ricocheted off his inside-edge, hit his boots and disturbed the bails. Meanwhile, Twitter burst into laughter after the pigeon played a major role in Jennings’ dismissal.
Here is how Twitter reacted
— Cricket Trolls (@MycricketTrolls) August 1, 2018
I reckon that pigeon that eventually settled at short mid wicket after being chased by Keaton Jennings played its part in his dismissal when the ball spun back on to the stumps. Or was he beaten by the flight? #bbccricket
— Mike Bell (@MikeBell912) August 1, 2018
I sense Keaton Jennings just let his concentration lapse and wasn't quite back on it after the pigeon delay. – not quite the in depth anaylsis of Arlott or CMJ
— paul dredge (@dredge_p) August 1, 2018
— Rachael Wong (@mrswongsolihull) August 1, 2018
Keaton Jennings' current feelings about that pigeon probably similar to those of Edmund Blackadder towards Speckled Jim
— Ali Martin (@Cricket_Ali) August 1, 2018
Keaton Jennings just got sledged out by a pigeon
— James Stables (@stablesjames) August 1, 2018
Inside edges after inside edges after insides edges for Keaton Jennings before it needed that pigeon to tap the bail down.#ENGvIND
— Suneer (@suneerchowdhary) August 1, 2018
At least Keaton Jennings didn't bitch when someone with the shits made him his pigeon.
— Morgan Piek (@MorganPiek) August 10, 2017
"I sense Keaton Jennings just let his concentration lapse and wasn't quite back on it after the pigeon delay."
— Tim Parker (@Tiimpers) August 1, 2018
Looks like that pigeon really distracted Keaton Jennings 😂 #ENGvIND
— Adit Dhruva (@aditd) August 1, 2018