Best Catches in Cricket : It all started when Allen Hill took the first catch in test cricket, leaving a legacy for best fielders across the globe to follow. A few years back, I thought recognition and reputation are the words only used by lawyers to safeguard their clients, but cricket added more variety to the words.
Best Catches in Cricket History
Every cricket nation has their superhero legends. India is the breeding ground of champion batsmen, Pakistan the biggest producer of speed merchants or South Africa, the holy hand of ferocious fielders, but when it comes to taking catches, every nation strike, when the iron is hot.
Best Catches in Cricket : In the last decade, the fielding and catching standards have gone on top. The blazing ball seems like a flying 100$ note in the air and fielders running to catch it at any cost. This is a perfect scenario. Modern cricket players are like corporate employees, always ready to convert half chances into opportunities. If you aspire to become a world class fielder, Sportzcraazy has come up with top 10 best catches in Cricket history.
When 120 KG Dwayne Leverock steeled the show dived to his right and took a stunner, dismissing Robin Uthappa
Best Catches in Cricket : The ball brushed Robin Uthappa bat edge and flew towards Leverock like a tracer bullet. The hefty player took the unbelievable catch shocking the world and earning accolades from World class batsmen like Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. Have a look at the catch.
Corey Anderson dismissed Nathan Lyon by taking an incredible caught and bowled catch
The year was 2016. It was a juicy half volley, giving Nathan Lyon ample time to play a firm shot, but the shot flew inches about the ground towards Corey Anderson. He stuck out his left hand to catch the ball and rolled over like an acrobatic somersault taking a blinder. The commentators hailed the catch as the best caught and bowled catch forever. Have a look.
Shakib Al Hasan’s one in a million caught and bowled wicket
Best Catches in Cricket : When it is your day, everything falls in line. Shahid Afridi came to bat in a pressure situation. The bowler was Shakib Al Hasan. The batsmen played the lofty straight shot. The ball went straight into the hands of Shakib, missed, tossed and finally collected cleanly. He would have dropped it, but non striker Misbah Ul Haq body worked as a catalyst, giving Shakib abundant time to catch the ball.
This is one of the craziest and the weirdest ways for the batsmen to get out. We feel sorry for Shahid Afridi. Watch the catch.
When Kumar Sangakara took eye popping catch to dismiss Ravi Bopara
Best Catches in Cricket : Kumar Sangakara was a traditional batsman, but equally cheeky, nasty and innovative wicket keeper, almost predicting the batsmen shot before the ball is played. In 2014 during an international match between Sri Lanka and England, Sangakara showed his brilliance by taking a last minute improvised catch behind the stumps.
This time the prey was English batsman Ravi Bopara. Sangakara had the measure of the batsman. Bopara bent down to play a paddle sweep against Rangana Herath and guess what? Sangakara was already standing at the leg slip completely foxing the batsmen.
Watch the video below.
Andy Bichel stunner against New Zealand
Best Catches in Cricket : Australia way back in early millennium was like the Great Wall of China, almost impossible to surpass. The team of 11 gladiators, but there were some unsung heroes too. One of them was Andy Bichel.
His long bowling spells have won many matches for Australia, but this time the credit goes to his acrobatic catching skills. The year was 2005, the kiwis were playing against FICA world XI. New Zealand went on to a flier with all guns blazing, but the pivotal point of the match came after Kyle Mills was caught by Andy Bichel in the most heroic and flabbergasting way possible.
Bichel jumped and took the catch, just an inch behind the boundary rope, but lost his balance and crossed the ropes. He threw the air in the air behind the boundary lines and immediately regained the balance, completing the catch to send Mills back to the pavilion.
The catch is a treat to the eyes, Watch below.
Ricky Ponting swaggy catch at forward short leg
Best Catches in Cricket : The great thing about miracles is that they don’t happen every day. We salute the modern day great, he was shrewd old fox type captain, always ready to sacrifice everything for the team. If I could write a book on him, it would be called “Take a bow”.
Spectators were always in awe of Ricky Ponting spectacular fielding. In 2003, Ricky Ponting was placed at forward short leg against during the Sydney test match in 2003. Tatenda Taibu was at the crease and Simon Katich was the bowler. Katich bowled the short ball and Taibu smashed it like hell towards the leg side.
The camera panned towards the mid wicket, without realizing the ball was already caught by the punter at forward short leg. All the action happened in a split of a second, making every spectator jaw drop.
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Best Catches in Cricket : This incident took place in 2005 famous Ashes. The match was evenly poised. Shane Warne solid defence raised the eyebrows of the Englishmen propelling Michael Vaughan to bring his speed wizard Andrew Flintoff into play.
Flintoff produced a fiery ball angling in to Shane Warne beating him with pace. The ball took the edge off the bat and went to Andrew Strauss in the second slip. Strauss missed the catch, the ball stayed low, the ball flew from Strauss hands and was about to drop, until lightening Geraint Jones took the blinder bringing England back into the game. The match eventually ended in a stalemate with no team winning.
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When Kaushal Silva & Niroshan Dickwella camaraderie dismissed Younis Khan
Best Catches in Cricket : As we know, Younis Khan is a hard nut to crack on his day and can really grind the bowlers. Unfortunately, it was just not his day, he looked off colour. During the 2nd test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the SSC ground in Colombo in 2014, something really astonishing happened.
Younis Khan was at the crease. He played a forward defense off Rangana Herath delivery. The ball brushed his boot and went to silly point. Kaushal Silva was quick the grab the ball and in an attempt to run out the batsman, he threw the ball off to the wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella hands. He took the catch easily.
The replay showed, the ball did not touch the ground and Younis Khan was declared out.
Trent Boult sharp catch to dismiss Kieron Pollard
Best Catches in Cricket : Keiron Pollard Caribbean style celebration after dismissing the batsmen has miffed various batsmen in the international circuit, but this time it was the other way around. He was getting the taste of his own medicine, during a T20 international match between the West Indies and New Zealand. He got out at midwicket by Trent Boult sharp catch.
It later proved to be the catch of the match. The approach was completely out of the box, making it one of the best catches of all time in the Cricket history.