It’s been around two weeks since the commencement of Indian Premier League 2020 and the tournament has already witnessed numerous dropped catches, which have even cost a match for some teams.
However, there have been some magnificent fielding efforts as well in IPL 2020 so far. There have been some game-changing catches and some spectacular fielding displays that have thrilled the eye of the fans. Here we take a look at them:
KXIP’s Nicholas Pooran’s astonishing fielding effort vs RR
This has to be on top of the list! KXIP cricketer Nicholas Pooran produced one of the best fielding efforts against the Rajasthan Royals in the match no.9 of IPL 2020 when he saved five vital runs for his side with superman effort.
It was in the eighth over of RR’s innings, when Sanju Samson pulled Murugan Ashwin’s short of a length delivery. It was destined to clear the ropes and it did, only for an out-stretched Pooran to catch the ball mid-air and throw it back into the field of play. All of that in a blink of an eye.
Pooran’s acrobatic skills drew applause from all quarters with legend Sachin Tendulkar calling it “the best save I have seen in my life”. His effort even brought a standing ovation and a salute from KXIP fielding coach, Jonty Rhodes, who is one of the best fielders the game has ever seen.
IPL 2020 Kings 11 vs Rajasthan Royals Nicholas Pooran flying save pic.twitter.com/wVGbDmJ8mI
— Yogesh Pawar (@pawaryogesh9999) September 27, 2020
KKR’s Kamlesh Nagarkoti diving catch against RR
Kamlesh Nagarkoti pulled off a sensational running catch to get rid of Jofra Archer in the a between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals.
Archer tried to hit a good length ball straight over the bowler’s head for six, but the ball gripped and held its line. It went high up in the air and Nagarkoti sensed an opportunity to take the catch and ran across from his position at long on to the front of long-off.
The youngster was so committed to take the catch that he made a right jump in a fantastic fashion and grabbed the ball successfully.
— ♪ (@muffinchiku) September 30, 2020
MI’s Anukul Roy’s stunning catch against RR
Anukul Roy, who had come in as a substitute fielder for Suryakumar Yadav, took a blinder to dismiss Mahipal Lomror in Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals match on Tuesday.
It all happened on the first delivery of the ninth over when Lomror’s attempt to up the ante against Mumbai spinner Rahul Chahar saw him hitting the ball high in the air on the off-side after which 21-year-old Roy ran back from mid-off and timed his dive to perfection to take a splendid catch with both hands.
RR vs MI IPL2020 #Anukulroy ANUKUL ROY Special catch
— vikram Jain (@v2vikki) October 6, 2020
CSK’ MS Dhoni’s full-length dive against DC
Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni once again displayed why he is still one of the best wicketkeeper of the modern era when he took a stunning to dismiss the Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer in the match no.7 of IPL 2020.
Dhoni dived his full length on the final delivery of the 19th over to get the big wicket of Shreyas Iyer, who ended up edging the ball in an attempt to play a big shot.
The 39-year-old jumped towards his right side and pouched the catch at the first slip.
My Favorite #StarMoment is Thala’s catch behind the stump 😍
Over : 18.6 – last ball of 18th over
Catch by : 😍MS Dhoni (Thala)
Wicket : Shreyas Iyer#Tvs #Starcityplus pic.twitter.com/i09Nmd1C94
— Sonu (@Sonushazaib1) September 25, 2020
SRH’s Manish Pandey’s blinder against Mumbai Indians
Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman Manish Pandey took a stunning catch to get rid of Mumbai Indians’ swashbuckling batsman Ishan Kishan during the match no.17 of the tournament.
On the last ball of the 15th over, which was bowled by Sandeep Sharma, Kishan flat-batted the lofted drive to the right of long-on hoping that he will get a boundary. However, Pandey rushed across from long-on, threw himself at the ball – was parallel to the ground when he completed the two-handed catch.
This catch by Manish Pandey 🔥 pic.twitter.com/SqKoRzPwRR
— Swapnil Shanbhag (@swapniltalks) October 4, 2020