All rounder Ravindra Jadeja has pulled off one of the greatest outfield catches in living memory to dismiss New Zealand’s Neil Wagner in Christchurch.
The Indian team were itching to end the Black Caps innings on day two, a late resurgence from the tailenders pushing the hosts towards a first innings lead.
Wagner was on 21 when he attempted a pull shot off paceman Mohammad Shami during the afternoon session at Hagley Oval.
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Running around from deep square leg, Jadeja lunged into the air, the ball miraculously sticking into his outstretched left hand.
Ravindra Jadeja celebrates the catch with his teammatesSource:Getty Images
A dejected Wagner made his way off the field, unable to fathom the absurd dismissal. Ecstatic teammate Mayank Agarwal gave Jadeja a mighty hug as the Christchurch crowd went berserk, as did commentator Ian Smith.
“Unbelievable — quite incredible. Quite possibly one of the greatest outfield catches in the history of the game,” Smith cried.
“This will live long in your memory folks. One of the greatest of all time.”
The dismissal was remarkably similar to Ben Stokes’ famous catch to remove South African Andile Phehlukwayo in London during the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
That, right there, from Jadeja, is one of the best catches you’ll see. Insane stuff. #NZvsIND pic.twitter.com/gLTg296Rdm
This is where Jadeja is preferred over Ashwin. Saves 20 runs and takes some outstanding catches. Besides 2-3 wickets
Ravindra Jadeja should never not play in any cricket team that India fields ever. #NZvIND
Indian politician Abhishek Singhvi called the catch “ridiculous”, and respected cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle labelled it a “stunner”.
During the innings break, Jadeja admitted he didn’t expect to hold onto the catch, the wind making it more challenging to execute.
“I knew that he was going to play that shot; I was ready for that. But I didn’t know that ball was coming with the double pace with the wind,” Jadeja said.
“The ball came too quick, and I just put out my hand and the ball stuck in my hand.
“I didn’t even realise I took that catch.”
Jadeja has played 48 Tests for India, claiming 211 wickets and scoring 1844 runs.
The Black Caps were eventually dismissed for 235 on Sunday, seven runs short of India’s first innings total.
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