In the third match of the T20 series played between India and New Zealand, the Indian team’s batter Suryakumar Yadav won everyone’s hearts with his sensational fielding. He took three catches in the match and all three were excellent, after seeing which cricket fans and veterans from all over the world heaped praise on him. He took two catches in the slip and one catch on the boundary. Suryakumar took the catches of Finn Allen, Glenn Phillips, and Mitchell Santner and sent them to the pavilion.
Chasing the huge target of 235 runs, the New Zealand team got a big blow in the very first over. Allen tried to drive on the ball of captain Hardik Pandya, but taking the outer edge of the bat, the ball reached over the head of Suryakumar, standing in the slips, and he jumped in the air and caught it.
In the third over, the ball was once again in the hands of the captain. He bowled the fourth ball of the over to Glenn Phillips, on which he tried to cut, but he failed to play it fine and the ball was once again caught by Suryakumar Yadav. This ball was higher than the first catch but still, Yadav took the catch and left the former cricketers Sanjay Manjrekar and Sunil Gavaskar stunned in the commentary box.
Suryakumar Yadav has taken 2 similar catches at slips – excellent catch. pic.twitter.com/8EWY0uIxKd
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After his catch in the third over, Sanjay Manjrekar in the commentary box, exclaimed, “Now is that action-replay? Fairytale stuff this. Good ball to begin with and another sensational catch!”
It looks like an action replay of that first catch: Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar was also surprised by Suryakumar’s outstanding catch, and said, “Top-class catching. The length and the line around the off-stump. This is a pitch where there is a little extra carry for the proper bowlers and that is what Hardik Pandya is doing. He is hitting the ball into the pitch and getting that extra bounce and again the timing of the jump. Unbelievable again. It looks like an action replay of that first catch, which got rid of Finn Allen. This a big wicket”, Gavaskar added.
Earlier, Pandya opted to bat first after winning the toss. Opener Shubman Gill showed his brilliant form again and smashed a century. He scored 126 runs off just 63 balls, which included 12 fours and 7 sixes, which helped the team achieve a monumental total of 234 runs. In response, New Zealand’s batting performance was nowhere near good enough, as they could only manage 66 all out.