Best Catches in IPL History
Sixes and Fours might make the news, but in Cricket, a good catch can be equally entertaining. But once in a while, cricketers manage to portray physics-defying flexibility and athleticism to pull of unimaginable catches, which could give even the best sixes a run for their money. Such unforgettable catches often live on in the memories of spectators, even when the greatest of sixes have plunged into oblivion.
The Indian Premier League, ever since its inception in 2008 has been a swashbuckling showcase of entertainment. More than anything, it has taken cricket – to be specific T20 Cricket – to greater heights of popularity in India and the World. Creating a list of the best catches in the history of the Indian Premier League is no mean feat, and some worthy contenders were bound not to make the cut.
Best Catches in IPL History: Few catches which did not make this list but are some of the best efforts in the history of the Indian Premier League include Guptill’s catch for Kings XI Punjab against Mumbai Indians in IPL 2017, Suresh Raina’s effort for Gujarat Lions against Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2016, Gurkeerat Singh Mann’s catch for Kings XI Punjab against Pune Warriors in IPL 2013, Johan Botha and Ajunka Rahane’s relay catch for Pune Warriors against Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2012, David Hussey’s effort for Kings XI Punjab against Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2012, Abhimanyu Mithun’s catch while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Mumbai Indians in IPL 2011 and Harmeet Singh’s catch for Deccan Chargers against Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2009.
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True to the spirit of cricket that is the heart of IPL, there has been some worldly catches on display at the 11 seasons so far and today, we take a look at the seven very best of the catches in the Indian Premier League.
Ricky Ponting (Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils – IPL 2013)
Ricky Ponting was known for his fielding abilities since his heydays and he was a part of a fabulous crop of Australian players who showed amazing agility on the field. Ponting was 40 years old during the 2013 edition of the IPL, when he captained Mumbai Indians against Delhi Daredevils. Delhi, chasing a total of 209, started with Unmukt Chand to face the first ball of the innings from Harbhajan Singh. Unmukht’s leading edge towards cover was about to roll away harmlessly when Ricky Ponting sprang into action and caught one of the best catches of the season, in a one-handed attempt that was his trademark.
Chris Lynn (Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore – IPL 2014)
Had the Indian Premier League ended after the 2014 edition, this would have been the all-time best catch of the IPL. Royal Challengers had reached to the cusp of victory, they could see the finish line. They required 6 runs off 3 balls and had the one man everyone would want to have the strike in such a position – AB de Villiers. The South African, facing Vinay Kumar, gave himself some room and hit the ball to deep midweek. Enter Chris Lynn. The Australian batsman positioned himself in the boundary line but slipped right as he was setting himself up. Not to be let down, Lynn jumped, caught the ball and amazingly maneuvered himself to escape the clutches of the boundary line. You would never get tired of the replays.
Faf du Plessis (Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians – IPL 2015)
Another South African who is brilliant in the field, Faf du Plessis was stationed at mid-off during the Chennai vs Mumbai game in the 2015 edition of the IPL. Power packed New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson, batting for Mumbai, faced a short delivery from Ashish Nehra, which he immediately sent straight and high down the ground. In an amazing act of concentration, du Plessis first ran sideways from mid-off and suddenly realized that he had misjudged the flight of the ball. In an attempt to adjust himself, he ran backward, but realizing that he would not reach the ball in time, dived backward to take a gem of a catch, that can be watched and re-watched all day long.
Tim Southee and Karun Nair (Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab – IPL 2015)
Combination catches have become quite common nowadays, but IPL spectators and the World saw a brilliant effort in the 2015 edition of the IPL. George Bailey looked to be on course to complete an incredible chase for Kings XI against Rajasthan Royal and it looked like he had hit James Faulkner for a six in the 19th over to long-on, but instead, he found Tim Southee there. Southee charged in and jumped over the ropes, caught the ball and flung it back into the field in one swift motion. Karun Nair had followed Southee to the fence and had been watching him in awe and got his contribution absolutely spot on as he grabbed his team-mate’s offering and completed a fabulous relay effort.
Trent Boult (Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore – IPL 2018)
The New Zealand fast bowler, a part of the Delhi Daredevils team, gave IPL 2018 its moment of magic in the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Virat Kohli was on the pitch, facing Harshal Patel. Kohli spotted a full toss from Patel early, and hit it to deep square leg, watching the ball go, expecting a six. He watched in awe as Trent Boult, stationed at the boundary line, stuck out his right hand, which is not his preferred arm, and grabbed the ball which was headed for the stands. It seemed impossible, but Boult was not done yet. With the ball firmly gripped in his hand, he somehow managed to turn and fall down on his stomach, with the boundary line just inches away. It was a sensational piece of fielding which drew praise from all over the world and sent the social media into a frenzy.
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David Hussey (Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils – IPL 2010)
David Hussey took one of the catches of the tournament while playing for Kolkata Knight Riders, in the game against Delhi Daredevils. Collingwood had hit a flat one towards the long-on boundary and Hussey misjudged the ball at the boundary line. He miscued the ball over the boundary but in a flash had jumped out of the field. He parried the ball into the field while he was still in the air, dropped outside the boundary line and immediately dived back in, all while the ball was still in the air! He managed to grab the ball in a one-handed attempt just as it was about to hit the ground. IPL had never seen such a thing of beauty till that game and Hussey gave the Indian Premier League on of its trademark moments.
AB de Villiers (Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore – IPL 2010)
AB de Villiers was a part of the Delhi team facing Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2010 edition of the IPL and Delhi were already winning the game when he provided a piece of entertainment that would be the highlight of the game for years. De Villiers was already one of the leading fielders of the world but what he showcased on that day would forever remain etched in the spectator’s eyes. Praveen Kumar was batting for Royal Challengers Bangalore and he hit Umesh Yadav to long-on in what looked like a definite six. But De Villiers had other ideas. He leaped straight up right at the boundary line, stretching himself to the limit that is humanly possible, to reach the ball. He managed to catch it with one hand and fell straight down with the boundary within inches.