Stewart Says Foakes has quicker hands than MSD: Ben Foakes has been in mind-boggling form in the first two tests in India, and this has invited a lot of praise worldwide. A prominent one is from former English player Alec Stewart. What did Stewart say about his countryman?
Stewart Says Foakes has quicker hands than MSD
Stewart dragged MS Dhoni into the discussion by saying Foakes has quicker hands than India’s legendary wicketkeeper.
“MS Dhoni had quick hands, but Foakes has the quickest hands in the game, and the ball stays in them. He does things that no one else can do. His hand speed is second to none. He’s got massive natural talent, but his work ethic and attention to detail are as good as I’ve come across both when I played and since I’ve been in this role as Director of Surrey cricket club. He leaves no stone unturned. He works on specifics and the quality of the work is impressive,” Stewart said.
Stewart also hailed Foakes’ training strategy for the twirly-whirly Indian pitches.
Stewart further detailed the specifics Foakes worked on for combating the Indian conditions.
“He knew there would be a lot of spin bowling so it (his training) was 80-20 in favour of his standing-up stuff, which he’s brilliant at anyway — the ball bouncing, the ball turning, the ball keeping low. That’s why I was so pleased for him, after all the hours he’s put in, and then he gets rewarded with some of the catches he took. We’d discuss the position of his feet, the height he gets, where his hands are. He leads it,” Stewart added.
Foakes has bagged two stumpings and six catches so far in the series. The third Test between India and England will start on February 15 at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot.