Fans took some six months to realise Indian cricketer Ruturaj Gaikwad's fielding brilliance. And now they are claiming that the catch taken during a Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 match in March is possibly the greatest ever. (More Cricket News)
A video, which has clocked more than three million views, has started doing the rounds online again. Even though the commentators were heard mistakenly saying the name of another player, Rahul Tripathi, worried fans were quick to point out the lapse, and took to social media sites generously to highlight the same.
Meanwhile, watch the catch here:
Ruturaj Gaikwad doing good work, not surprising, another big talent. https://t.co/12xymCpxk3— Agent Michael Scarn (@Tootenbacher06) September 12, 2019
It happened off the final delivery of Railways' chase of 178 runs against Maharastra. Railways number ten Manjeet Singh lofted the ball and it was sailing over the long-off boundary, until Gaikwad came flying from nowhere to pull it back and relayed it to his team-mate to complete the catch.
That's just the first-hand account. Watch again, and it revealed the stunning aspect of the catch.
After plucking the ball, Gaikwad realised that he's already out of bound and mid-air. But before landing, he made sure that the ball was relayed to Divyang Himganekar with a
Watch the physics-defying act here, again:
Impressed with the effort, England bowler Stuart Broad took to Twitter to share the video, with a caption: "That is absolutely outrageously brilliant".
Former New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson, who recently applied for India's top job, wrote: "you need to put aside a minute of your life to watch this catch".
Maharashtra won the Super League Group A match by 21 runs on March 21, 2019 at Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore.
Gaikwad, 31, featured in India A team which defeated South Africa A in the recent unofficial One Dayers.