‘Jarvo 69’- Yes! The first-ever England-born cricketer to step out on a cricket field in a Team India shirt during the second Test at the ‘Home of Cricket’ Lord’s once again made his appearance during the evening session of the ongoing Headingley Test.
It all happened during the 48th over of the Indian innings in the initial few minutes of the evening session when Jarvo came out to bat fully dressed following the dismissal of opener Rohit Sharma. He was eventually cordoned off by a couple of security officials.
Jarvo 69 became a cult on social media during the last Test when he made his appearance during England’s innings on the 3rd day in an Indian shirt. He had taken to his Twitter account where he confirmed that it was indeed him who had strolled out att Lord’s as the first-ever white Indian player.
Before Jarvo strolled out on the ground in his full batting gear, Team India was dealt with a body blow as they lost the crucial wicket of a well-set Rohit Sharma against the run-of-play.
Sharma, who has taken a giant stride in Test cricket in overseas conditions in the last 7-8 months, once again displayed a masterclass in how to bat in challenging conditions and against a relentless seam-attack, headed by the master, James Anderson.
However, it was Ollie Robinson, who proved to be the best bowler on show for England as the tall seamer consistently challenged the batsmen with the vicious nip-backers. However, Rohit showed exemplary patience and skills as he endured the hostile albeit, with the help of some luck, which to be fair, a batsman desperately needs in such challenging conditions.
Robinson could have dismissed Rohit in the mid-session when he pinned the right-hander on his back leg with a full-length nip-backer. Umpire Richard Kettlebrough wasn’t convinced though as he remained unmoved. Root held a mini-conference with Robinson and other teammates for a DRS call but he perhaps kept it too late as he missed the deadline by half a second.
The ball-tracking displayed three reds and the frustration in the English was visible. Rohit cashed in and completed his second fifty of the series before he missed a straight delivery from Robinson. Umpire Kettlebrough raised his finger this time around but Rohit challenged the call, and to his and every Indian’s dismay, the ball tracking showed that the ball would have just kissed the leg-pole.