The 2020 Indian Premier League is finally coming to an end after a 53-day roller coaster ride. This edition of the tournament has seen quite a few ups and downs including many lost catches and some of the best catches ever in cricket history. Here we look at them:
Nicholas Pooran’s Gravity-Defying Save
Nicholas Pooran made a superb save off the field for the Kings XI Punjab against Rajasthan Royals in the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) meeting in Sharjah on Sunday. Pooran’s daring feat received praise for his roster, with legend Sachin Tendulkar calling it “the best stop I’ve seen in my life”.
Manish Pandey’s Blinder vs. Mumbai
Pandey came up with an acrobatic effort in the outfield for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) against the Mumbai Indians to give Sandeep Sharma a memorable wicket.
Pandey, who had been standing for a long time, ran to the right to catch the ball after Ishan Kishan beat Sharma in the 15th. Pandey must have covered a lot of ground and so it was his momentum that allowed him to time his jump to perfection and to throw himself on the ball and catch it in the air before sliding across the grass.
Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis combine at the border
Ravindra Jadeja and Faf Du Plessis combined for Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders and showed great athleticism to get rid of Sunil Narine. Playing to the limit, Jadeja made it look like a regulatory catch, then passed the ball to Faf du Plessis as he slid into the limit to complete the catch.
Dhoni’s Stunning Glove Off
Capturing MS Dhoni in the final against Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi might be a regulatory take for some, but the absolute commitment of the CSK captain makes him a pleasure to watch.
Before the delivery by Dwayne Bravo, Dhoni gestured to the bowler presumably mentioning the proposed lack of rhythm. Following the advice of its skipper, Bravo launched a delivery which was on the stump and which did not have too much rhythm. As KKR’s Shivam Mavi set off for a side lift, all he could manage to pull off was a thick outer edge.
Dhoni dove full length to his right, juggled it on the first try, then rebounded with a sharp spring to his right. With this catch, Dhoni also became the wicket keeper, with most IPL catches overtaking Dinesh Karthik.
Pollard plucks one out of the air
Kieron Pollard took an astonishing long-term one-handed grip for MI vs RR as Jos Buttler returned in disbelief. His effort also drew praise from Sachin Tendulkar.
Another must-see is Kamlesh Nagarkoti’s fabulous take to send Jofra Archer back to the Kolkata Knight Cavalry Shelter against the Rajasthan Royals. The same goes for Devdutt Padikals’ effort for RCB vs MI.
– 💎 (@muffinchiku) September 30, 2020
– Paul Watson 🇿🇦🌍🇮🇪🇿🇼💕🏏 (@watsonmpaul) October 28, 2020
The 2020 Indian Premier League, which lasted almost two months in the UAE, culminated with the Mumbai Indians becoming the champions.