Twitter Reactions: Dropped catches hurt India in the first innings

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It has been tough two days for India at Rajkot. The visitors are in the driver’s seat in the first Test after Hundreds from Joe Root, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes, making a strong statement for the rest of the series. They had their share of luck though. Butterfingers were the main culprit for India as they dropped 5 catches in the first four sessions of the Test, 4 off Unfortunate Umesh Yadav’s bowling!

Alastair Cook was dropped by Ajinkya Rahane first over of the Test match. Then later catches were dropped of Haseeb Hameed and Ben Stokes off Umesh Yadav’s bowling. This morning Stokes was dropped twice by Wriddhiman Saha in two overs. Twitterati went crazy over Indian fielders after their dismal show on the field.


People tweeted that they were missing Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman in the slips who were as safe as house. Some compared Wriddhiman Saha with the fielder in Lagaan movie who dropped catches in the important match. With the US election hangover still on, there were tweets saying Donald Trump being elected as President ain’t a tragedy but India dropping catches was. Many were of the view that these errors on the field would allow England score 550+ and then India will be fighting to save this Test, very rightly so!

Luckily for India, Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed’s dropped catches didn’t cost much. However, they will rue dropping Ben Stokes. After being dropped on 61, he went on to add 67 more runs. This is the first time since 2009 that three batsmen from visiting team have scored hundreds in the same innings in India, last being Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene and Prasanna Jayawardene at Motera. India will have to bat out of their skins in the first innings if they are to give themselves any chance of staying in the hunt in the first Test.

Here is how Twitter reacted on the Indian fielders sloppy fielding: