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England batsman Ollie Pope on Friday was left irritated by a pitch invader popularly knowns as Jarvo 69 on the second day of the fourth Test at Kennington Oval.
Pope faced an unfamiliar ‘bowler’ during his innings when Daniel Jarvis, also known as ‘Jarvo69’, ran onto the pitch and pretended to bowl to him.
Jarvo 69 invaded the pitch for the third time in the series
The incident took place during the 34th over of the England innings which was being bowled by Umesh Yadav and the match had to be halted for five minutes. As Umesh prepared himself to bowl, ‘Jarvo’ ran onto the pitch and bowled a delivery of his own before barging into Jonny Bairstow at the non-striker’s end.
Jarvo 69 just stops the play for five minutes every time he comes on: Ollie Pope
This was the third time that he appeared on the pitch during the ongoing Test series. He first came during the second Test at Lord’s, being forced off the pitch as he prepared for a bowling run-up. Then, during the third Test in Leeds, he came out all padded up after India lost their second wicket.
Pope said he was focused on his batting and just blocked and tried to block out the incident from his mind.
“Jarvo has made a few appearances this series. I don’t know how he’s got on the pitch again, to be honest; I try to stay in my bubble and don’t let it affect me. Just block it out. He just stops the play for five minutes every time he comes on,” Pope said in a virtual press conference.
“You’ve just got to try and block it out. The art of batting is to switch on and off – you try to switch off in between. Whatever happens between balls, I try to get into a good place for that next ball,” he added.
Pope topped the scoring charts for England as his gritty 81 helped the team to propel their score to 290, a lead of 99 runs in the first innings. India are currently 56 runs behind England’s lead.