Euro 2016 effect: James Franklin uses his ‘football skills’ to dismiss Ravi Bopara

Few days back, it was Indian captain MS Dhoni who showed his footballs skills on a couple of occasions during the ninth season of Indian Premier League (IPL) and now another cricketer did something similar; not behind the stumps, albeit in front of the wickets. It happened during the NatWest Twenty20 (T20) Blast tournament’s match between Essex and Middlesex. Also Watch: MS Dhoni shows his football skills, once again

Essex were chasing a decent total of 174 and on the last ball of the seventh over bowled by New Zealand pacer James Franklin, something interesting happened. He bowled a good length delivery to Dan Lawerence, which went a bit towards the leg side and crashed on the batsman’s stomach. Dan struggled for a moment but since the non-striker Ravi Bopara called for a single, he ran and in between Franklin moved towards the ball and flaunted his football skills with his fancy footwork by deflecting the ball towards stumps. The ball touched the stumps and a shocked-Bopara was gone. Franklin’s footwork, which earned his side a bonus wicket, was a good example of presence of mind. It might be the Euro 2016 effect as well, which commenced on Friday night. Also Watch: MS Dhoni’s crazy football skills along with Virat Kohli’s brilliant presence of mind

Further, Essex failed to chase the total and Middlesex won the match by 17 runs.