There is no denying that T20 cricket, IPL in particular has changed the standard of cricket as a whole. Not just in batting or bowling but the level of fielding has also gone up to a different level. Over the years we have seen fielders taking some stunning catches in the tournament and we have compiled 10 of the best catches from the IPL history. We have also ranked them on different parameters. Let’s move forward in our countdown then.
10. Ryan ten Doeschate, 2015
Ryan ten Doeschate while playing for KKR took a stunner on the very first ball of the inning. Doeschate was standing on cover point where he stretched his body, fully aerial and grabbed an uppish ball hit from Dwayne Smith’s bat. He was dismissed on the first ball duck.
KKR was taking on CSK in the 30th game of the season at Eden Garden. These two teams have pulled off some classic matches in past including the IPL 2012 final and this too was the last over finish where KKR emerged victorious but Doeschate’s catch on the very first ball made the cut into the list of IPL classic catches.
9. Suresh Raina, 2016
Suresh Raina has been India’s one of the finest fielders of all time. In his younger days, it was difficult for batsmen to get the ball pass him but even when his fitness wasn’t as great as it used to be, he took a flying catch off Surya Kumar Yadav while fielding at slips to show his agility which still remained intact as a fielder.
Unlike the previous example, Dwayne Smith was bowling this time. Surya failed to control one of his rising steep deliveries and guided a ball to slips which looked like going over Raina until he jumped his time to perfection and took an one handed beauty without having too much time to react. The catch was awarded with the best catch of that entire season.
8. Sandeep Sharma, 2017
In the 10th season of IPL, Sandeep Sharma produced a sensational catch off his own bowling which goes down as one of the best return catches ever in the IPL history. It’s never easy, especially for a fast bowler to stop during his follow through and take even a simple catch, let alone something as tough as this.
In the Match 36 of the season, Iyer offered a return catch to Sharma while trying to flick his straight ball through mid wicket. Sandeep dived in front of him and grabbed the ball which was dying low to the ground. The catch becomes even more special because he had taken it from the left hand which isn’t his natural strong arm.
Watch the catch here :
Some stunning catches taken in IPL history.
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7. Mitchell Starc, 2014
Mitchell Starc taking the catch of Wriddhiman Saha at fine leg boundary in IPL 2014 often goes under the radar but we decided you shouldn’t miss it. The first leg of IPL 2014 was being played in UAE and RCB was taking on Kings XI Punjab in a league game in the initial stages of the competition. Even though RCB failed to put up a good score on board, a couple of catches which Starc took during the first few overs put his side in a competitive position.
One of those two catches were of Wriddhiman Saha who flicked a ball bowled on his pad to the long leg boundary which looked like going for a six until Starc intercepted it in between using his height. He then maintained a good balance and kept his body inside the boundary to complete a stunning catch. Click here to see the catch
6. Tim Southee- Karun Nair, 2015
This has to be the first and the best relay catch ever in the history of IPL. The duo of Tim Southee and Karun Nair shared great understanding on the field to dismiss George Bailey who, even though didn’t look like taking the game away from Rajasthan Royals could have added few more runs in the final over to reduce the losing margin.
While Kings XI Punjab required 32 off the last 7 balls to win their first match of the season, George Bailey timed a shot nearly to the perfection. Tim Southee was waiting at the long on boundary so that he could get a grab of the ball in case it falls near him. He let the ball land in his right hand and threw it to the waiting Karun Nair as he was losing his balance. Nair had very little time to react and to his credit, he took a fairly difficult catch too. Both of them showed great presence of mind to complete the catch.
To watch the catch, click here : https://www.iplt20.com/video/17545/m3-kxip-vs-rr-southee-nair-relay-catch
5. Ricky Ponting, 2013
Probably you wouldn’t get a catch better than this from someone who is 40 years of age. Ricky Ponting, the captain of Mumbai Indians defied age and gravity when he took a flying catch of Unmukt Chand to dismiss him for a duck. This one is a classic, if you will ever get one.
Chand got a leading age trying to flick one of the straight balls bowled by Harbhajan Singh. Ponting was standing at cover, initially slipped and lost the extra and crucial milliseconds to cover an important distance. But, he then dived aerial and committed fully to complete the catch. It stunned everyone and recorded itself as one of the best catches ever in IPL. Click here to look at the catch.
4. Trent Boult, 2018
” This Kiwi can fly. ” Yes that is what anyone could come up after seeing Trent Boult of Delhi Daredevils taking the stunning catch of RCB captain Virat Kohli at the square leg boundary. No one could believe what they just saw at the Chinnaswamy stadium when Kohli flicked a leg stump full toss of Harshal Patel to the square leg boundary. Boult was standing there who jumped and plucked the ball like you pluck a mango fruit from the garden. No one, including Kohli himself could believe that the catch had been taken.He was awarded with best catch of the season for this particular catch.
3. Keiron Pollard, 2014
Keiron Pollard has always been an amazing fielder who takes your breath away by some of his sensational efforts and this one he took in the 2014 season of IPL was right up there among his absolute best. In a do or die match against RR, MI had them in trouble with the hosts being restricted to 61-3 chasing the target of 179 set by Mumbai Indians. Karun Nair was batting beautifully while Kevon Cooper had just arrived.
Cooper hit a ball bowled by Bhajji in the direction of long on where the big guy, Keiron Pollard jumped, took the catch, lost his balance, threw the ball up before stepping on the other side of the boundary cushion, came back and attempted a full stretch dive to complete the best catch of that particular season and one of the best in the entire history. You can look at the catch by clicking here .
2. AB De Villiers, 2018
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s the flying superman named AB De Villiers who had to produce the second best catch in IPL a couple of seasons before. The match we are talking about had seen almost everything. Crazy batting, bowling and fielding but it required an AB special to complete the wishlist.
There are not enough words to describe this catch so we’d suggest you to have a look at it yourself. Click here to watch the catch.
1. Chris Lynn, 2014
This catch by Chris Lynn is ranked the best ever catch in IPL history not only on the basis of the difficulty level but also because the game was hanging on a cliffhanger and even a difference of millimeters would’ve meant a different outcome to the game.
With RCB requiring 6 from the last 3 balls with AB De Villiers on the batting crease, it looked only a matter of one good hit which seemed to have come on this very ball but it was the story of so near yet so far. AB snorted a Vinay Kumar’s medium pace delivery to deep midwicket where Chris Lynn, as prepared as a hawk with no bones took a flexible catch. His body rotated in the air to make sure he doesn’t land on the other side of the boundary and there you go, the finest ever IPL catch was completed.
See the catch here : https://www.iplt20.com/video/17809/ipl-2014-best-catch-of-the-season