We say cricket is a game of small margins. As the format gets shorter, the value of each and every run counts more value. This idea has led to an increase in fielding standards in world cricket over the last few years. With the advent of T20 cricket and franchise cricket, in particular, the fielding department has seen great innovations. Jumping over the ropes, boundary line saves and superman catches are now part and parcel of the modern-day game. And right when we thought nothing more can be added to the modern-day fielding innovations, KXIP player Nicholas Pooran has proved us wrong. In the 9th match of IPL 2020 between KXIP and RR, he pulled off an unbelievable fielding effort to save a six. According to many cricket pundits and former players, this is the best ever fielding effort they have seen in their entire life.
This unbelievable effort from Pooran happened in the 8th over of the second innings. Chasing 224 runs, RR got off to a stunning start even after losing Jos Buttler. Steve Smith and Sanju Samson took advantage of the short boundaries of the Sharjah and smoked each and every ball out of the park. They almost seemed unstoppable. While they were carrying on with the carnage, Sanju Samson whacked a half-tracker from Murugan Ashwin to over the deep mid-wicket region. For any other fielding standing in the deep, it would’ve been a six. But not for Nicholas Pooran. He leaped full length over the rope while stretching to his maximum and with his left hand he flicked the ball back inside the boundary ropes. All these above-mentioned acts happened just milliseconds before falling on to the ground.
This unbelievable act from Pooran caught the eye of many cricket legends and fans all around the world. Many claimed it to be the best fielding effort they’ve ever seen in their life. The most exciting of them came from the legend himself, Sachin Tendulkar. He termed it to be the best fielding effort he has ever seen in his entire life. If he says so, you know that its something special.
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