With the clock ticking away, we are days away from the launch of another season of the riveting cricketing fiesta, better known as the prestigious Indian Premier League (IPL).
The nine seasons played so far witnessed some top notch combat between the bat and the ball- with the willow dominating the cherry on most occasions. However, amidst of these, something which momentarily captures our attention but then fades away from our memory – some stunning catches. Be it tests, ODIs or T20s, a catch not only can change the course of a match but also leave the opposition demoralized. As the franchisees chalk out their strategies and players grind it out in practice- we take a look at some of the best catches from the previous editions of the competition.
IPL 9 – Suresh Raina
Adjudged as the best catch of IPL 9, Gujarat Lions’ skipper Suresh Raina took a stunner to dismiss Suryakumar Yadav of KKR. Standing in the slips, Raina timed his jump to perfection and plucked the ball out of air one-handedly, leaving Yadav crestfallen.
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IPL 7 – Kieron Pollard
The big guy from Caribbean was fielding at long on when Harbhajan Singh was bowling to Pollard’s country mate Kevin Cooper. As Cooper lofted one which seemed to sail over the boundary rope, Pollard ensured his astonishing agility helped him catch the ball, maintain his balance, threw it in and dived full length to hold it back. In one word- BREATHTAKING!
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IPL 7 – Chris Lynn
The phrase: ‘Catches win matches’- goes appropriately with this marvel. With six required off three deliveries and AB de Villiers at the crease, RCB had their nose ahead of KKR at that moment. Vinay Kumar’s harmless delivery was smashed by ABD only to see Lynn lose this balance yet grab the ball in an acrobatic fashion and helping KKR to clinch the tie eventually.
Watch M11: RCB vs KKR – Chris Lynn's Game-Changing Catch ipl match centre IPL T20 video
IPL 5 – Ricky Ponting
‘Age is just a number’- Australian most successful skipper Ponting proved it in a stupendous manner against the Delhi Daredevils. Captaining MI, Ponting, fielding at covers, gave his all while leaping in the air to catch Unmukt Chand’s outside edge, ensuring the latter returned shell-shocked for a duck.
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IPL 5 – Johan Botha and Ajinkya Rahane
At a time when the fielding was setting new standards, Rajasthan Royals’ Botha and Rahane added a new dimension to it. While Botha ran towards the boundary rope to catch the ball and throw it back, an alert Rahane was present to grab the relay, completing a fabulous combination catch.
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IPL 9 – Shane Watson and David Wiese
Much similar to the Botha-Rahane effort, the two W’s- Wiese and Watson scripted a masterclass of relay catching, getting rid of Shreyas Iyer. Not noticing Wiese, Watson threw the ball in after catching it and it seemed to fall on the ground. But ever-reliable Wiese covered a lot of ground to hold on to it and then maintained an impressive presence of mind and balance to not to touch the ropes.
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