No cricket team in the world depends on one or two players, it’s always the team-work which gets them to a victory. Everyone knows the importance of catches, and how a good catch at a crucial stage of the match can turn the game on its head. It’s very evident how the level of fielding has changed these days with players throwing their bodies around and putting themselves on the line to save every single run or catch, and some of them are just unbelievable.
Three catches stood out for KKR in the recently-concluded season of the IPL.
Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Chepauk stadium
On a slow tricky wicket, Chennai Super Kings were set a target of 108 by Kolkata Knight Riders. Even with a small total to defend, DK and co. never lost hope and were putting in everything to make a comeback in the game. It was the last ball of the 5th over, when Sunil Narine bowled a classic off-spin delivery to Suresh Raina, who went for a big shot against the spin but top edged it towards long on. Piyush Chawla, stationed at mid-on ran backwards, keeping his eyes on the ball and took a brilliant diving catch to produce a magical moment in the game.
Match No. 43
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals, Eden Gardens