Watch: Ben Foakes controversial stumping compared to ‘mankading’
Ben Foakes, the savior of England in the one-off ODI against Ireland in Dublin on Friday, is lately caught in criticism for his controversial stumping to Andrew Balbirnie during Irish innings.
In the 25th over of the Ireland’s innings, Foakes sent Irish batsman Balbirnie packing with a cleverly employed stumping which is considered, by fans in the social media, against the spirit of the game and even worse than mankading.
In the footage, Ben Foakes was seen holding onto the ball, waited patiently for Balbirnie to lose his balance and raise the back foot in the air after missing a sweep to complete the stumping.
The batsman, after a prolong look from the match officials, was given the signal to depart.
Foakes showing with the bat and gloves what a smart cricketer he is pic.twitter.com/Cd03GalOVD
— Alex Chapman (@AlexChapmanNZ) May 3, 2019
Spirit of cricket ? @Eoin16 should have withdrawn the appeal. Youth cricketers will be mankading and delay stumping all summer. Embarrassing !
— PhilBe9 (@PhilBe9) May 3, 2019
That Ben Foakes stumping was a thing of beauty. #bbccricket
— Ian Dobson (@iandobbers) May 3, 2019
— Eiron Fitzgerald (@ciaraneironfitz) May 3, 2019
If the @ICC wishes to maintain its “Spirit of Cricket” as part of the modern game, then the Ben Foakes ‘stumping’ in Malahide today should not be endorsed as “within the Spirit of the Game.” #IREvENG @ECB_cricket
— Alan Wilkins (@alanwilkins22) May 3, 2019
In Ashwin’s case, the batsman was trying to gain advantage.
So, this stumping is worse than mankading in terms of ‘Spirit of the Game’
Where are all those Eng players who degraded Ashwin for mankad??
— Kuldeep (@KuldeepK104) May 3, 2019