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Twitter can’t control their laughter after Keaton Jennings succumbs to a ‘pigeon’

The pigeon somewhat broke Jennings' concentration.

Keaton Jennings
England batsman Keaton Jennings. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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.

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‘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

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