'Ben Stokes, Ben Stokes...': Ishant Sharma Gets Hysterical On Live TV After Mukesh Kumar-Blackwood Controversy
Mukesh Kumar picked his maiden Test wicket in the form of Kirk McKenzie (Twitter)
During the third day of the ongoing second Test match between India and West Indies at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad, an incident involving debutant Indian pacer Mukesh Kumar and West Indies batter Jermaine Blackwood has stirred controversy.
Ishant revisited Renshaw incident in response to Mukesh Kumar-Blackwood face-off
Mukesh had completed his run-up for the 58th over and was about to release the ball when Blackwood, perturbed by movements behind the bowler’s arm, abruptly backed out. Despite just playing his maiden international game, the youngster displayed commendable professionalism by refraining from reacting and simply smiled before retracing his steps for another delivery.
However, this incident didn't sit well with Indian veteran pacer Ishant Sharma. While speaking on Jio Cinema, Ishant voiced his displeasure about the event, suggesting he would have reacted by throwing the ball towards the batsman in a display of frustration.
The pacer recounted an incident from a 2017 Test match against Australia in Ranchi where he found himself in a similar situation. Australian batsman Matt Renshaw had swayed from the crease due to an issue behind the sight screen, causing Ishant to interrupt his opening delivery.
The lanky bowler expressed that, under those unfavourable conditions, with an old ball, their only option left was to rattle the batter.
The conversation took a humorous turn when former cricketer, Aakash Chopra, who was also on the show, mentioned the name of ‘Ben Stokes’, referencing a Hindi expletive phonetically similar to the English cricketer's name. Ishant confessed to using 'Ben Stokes' as a moniker multiple times and subsequently claimed his wicket.
Coming to the incident, the 2017 incident saw Sharma throwing the ball away in irritation. His reaction led to a reprimand from the umpires, who advised captain Virat Kohli to cool the pacer down. Nevertheless, the remainder of the over saw Sharma bowling with increased determination, and he eventually dismissed Renshaw, who was caught lbw off a low delivery.