Watch: Umpire Menon gives hilarious reaction to Rahane’s dismissal
‘Beautiful, masterful and glorious’. These are the three words that can be used to describe England fast bowler James Anderson. The 38-year-old pacer proved that age is just a number where he came through with flying colours in the first Test match against India.
The fast bowler stuck to his subtle bowling variations of good line and lengths as he took three important wickets on Day 5. Earlier, India’s young opener Shubman Gill provided a spectacular start where he scored 50 off 83 balls with the help of 7 fours and a six.
While he was looking good at the crease during the run-chase, James Anderson bowled a gem of a delivery to dismiss the set batsman. After getting rid of him, the world-class pacer targeted the likes of Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant to account for 3 dismissals.
Nitin Menon reacts to Ajinkya Rahane’s dismissal:
However, the way in which he bowled an unplayable delivery to Rahane was beyond magic. The incident took place during the last ball of the 27th over when Indian vice-captain decided to defend Anderson’s delivery.
However, in the process, the ball beat him all ends up as he was clean bowled by the English pacer. Experts, fans and commentators praised Anderson for his bowling display. Meanwhile, Indian umpire Nitin Menon made the headlines for two reasons during the first Test match.
Earlier, when Jofra Archer ran down the middle of the pitch, he failed to warn the Barbados-born pacer. However, it was Indian captain Virat Kohli who warned the Indian umpire for not noticing things on the pitch.
Then again, Nitin Menon hogged the limelight right after Rahane’s dismissal. Soon after Anderson made a total mess of his stumps, Nitin Menon immediately reacted to the dismissal in a hilarious manner as he couldn’t hide his emotions.
Watch the video:
Umpire’s reaction ?
After all, he is an Indian ! pic.twitter.com/wZvRYM9k5I
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After the game, England captain Joe Root heaped praise on Anderson for setting a great example even at this age. “The way Anderson goes about things, challenging himself constantly and getting better all the time even at 38. He’s a great role model to the rest of the group. His skill level is right up there with anyone we’ve ever seen,” Root said at the post-match presentation.