‘Catches win matches’ is a famous saying in the game of cricket. We have already witnessed one outstanding catch in the currently ongoing Cricket World Cup 2019 when Ben Stokes plucked one out with one hand against Pakistan.
Here we look at 5 of the best catches in Cricket World Cup history –
Jonty Rhodes (1999, South Africa vs England
The South African took two sensational catches—the first one was a great reflex catch to dismiss Andrew Flintoff off Allan Donald’s bowling, but the second one flirted, as Rhodes often did, with the impossible: Leaping high up in the air with such speed that he became a blur, Rhodes palmed the ball first, before catching it even as he fell to the ground. Robert Croft, the batsman, could hardly believe it.
Ajay Jadeja (1992, India vs Australia)
In his first ODI against the Australians, the Indian came sprinting out of his long-on position, all the time keeping his eyes fixed on a lofted ball from Allan Border. He managed to somehow slip his fingers under the ball at the last second, arms fully extended and body thrown forward.
Shane Thomson (1996, New Zealand vs Pakistan)
Off the bowling of Robert Kennedy, the New Zealander took a one-handed stunner—diving backwards at full fling and catching the ball over and beyond his shoulder at square leg to dismiss
Vasbert Drakes 2003, West Indies vs Canada)
Drakes’ acrobatic effort, cut short Canada’s John Davison’s destructive batting display. Davison had scored the fastest world cup century, tonking half a dozen sixes en route to a 76-ball 111. The ball seemed to be clearing another boundary, when Drakes ran back and jumped behind to pull off a one-handed stunner to restrict Canada to 202—they had been cruising at 156 for two in 22 overs at one stage.
Dwayne Leverock (2007, India vs Bermuda)
One of the most iconic catches in World Cup history. Bermuda’s cricket Dwayne Leverock weighed around 127 kg when he picked this brilliant catch in the slips to send India’s Robin Utthappa to the pavilion.
Written by Manoj Madhavan