It has been a dominating show so far by the Indians in the second Test of the five-match series against England at Vizag, which started on Thursday. With centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohl the hosts’ batting will be grabbing headlines in tomorrow’s newspapers.
However, for a brief period ahead of the Tea break on Day One, a stray dog stole all the limelight. The animal came running onto the ground and disrupted proceedings for a few minutes in a cricket match is nothing new in this part of the world. But, what was rare thing about this particular incident was — here the dog forced the umpires to take an early Tea, before the scheduled over was completed.
— Mark Motley (@motleysfool) November 17, 2016
It was the last over before the break and Pujara was just three runs away from his third hundred in three back-to-back Test matches. With four more balls to go in that Stuart Broad over, India’s number three was eager to reach the three-figure mark before the Tea break.
But then came the friendly visitor, running onto the pitch after Broad had bowled two balls. The local groundsmen tried hard to shoo away the visitor but it was in no mood to leave the field.
Keeping the mood of the dog in mind, on-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Rod Tucker decided to take an early Tea.
Following this bizarre incident the social media was flooded with jokes. In no time a Twitter handle named @Vizagdog came into existence. Even there were some funny Tweets about that incident.
I'm coming for you… pic.twitter.com/wydciP9v3U
— Vizag Dog (@VizagDog) November 17, 2016
— Test Match Special (@bbctms) November 17, 2016
Should that dog get punished for running naked at vizag stadium? ?? #EngVsInd
— Nibraz ramzan? (@nibrazramzan) November 17, 2016
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) November 17, 2016
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) November 17, 2016
— Jaideep Vaidya (@jaideepjourno) November 17, 2016
This was not the first time a dog had come onto the field during a cricket match at the ACA-VCA stadium. Earlier this year, during an Indian Premier League game, a dog had halted play for a brief period.