Fantabulous Catches of 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup So Far
By siliconindia | Monday, 08 July 2019, 04:58 Hrs
The old adage goes like “Catches win matches”. We have seen some stunning catches and blinders from the players on the ground in this ICC world cup 2019. As far as the update, the top four teams will qualify for the semi-finals. India is topping the table with 15 points, followed by Australia at the second place with 14 points, followed by England with 12 points and then New Zealand with luck, just at number four with 11 points. Pakistan would have got the spot at number four but New Zealand has a better run rate which pushed Pakistan out of this world cup tournament.
Let's break this heat for a moment. The best of the lot so far in ICC world cup 2019 is the catches. We have seen some brilliant catches so far, I hope everyone has their favorite fielder/player in cricket, especially we find catches look more interesting because of the prompt reflexive action.
Here are the top seven so far eye-catching catches of this 2019 cricket world cup tournament.
1. RAVINDRA JADEJA – INDIA – (30th JUNE 2019) – We all know that Ravindra Jadeja is exceptional on the field, with the bat and the ball. He is one of the best all-rounders India have right now. He is a part of the Indian team when India played against England, but then he came in as a substitute when KL Rahul was injured on the field. He currently played with Sri Lanka and also a part of the team. I definitely can say, you’ll see something special from this athlete either with the bat or ball or on the field with his exceptional fielding. The recent match which happened at Edgbaston between India and England, where the English men posed a total of 337 and won by 31 runs. England was already in a hunt on one side with none for 160 in the 22nd over. Ravindra Jadeja took an exceptional catch running and dived to the front at the deep to dismiss the danger opener who was looking so ferocious with the bat already Jason Roy, who scored 66 runs of just 56 balls.
2. CHRIS WOAKES – ENGLAND - (30th JUNE 2019) – India was really batting well, with 226-3. Pant was not out at 32 in just 28 balls, he was playing exceptionally well. At the non-striker's end, Hardik Pandya was playing a sensational knock - 22 of just 12 balls. But this match, England has won many phases, with Liam Plunkett coming back to the side, turned out to be a barricade for India's batting. India needed 112 from 66 balls. This was a crucial stage of the game with 11 overs to spare. Liam Plunkett was bowling his 8th over and the first ball of his was pulled over and was about to race over to the boundary fence for four but Chris Woakes took a stunning catch diving near the boundary rope to dismiss Rishabh pant. Liam Plunkett got his second wicket. Later, he completed his bowling figures with 3/55 in 10 overs. He took the wickets of the big guns like Virat Kohli, Pant and Hardik Pandya at the right time when England needed.
3. MARTIN GUPTILL – NEW ZEALAND – (29th JUNE 2019) - Australia had won against New Zealand by 86 runs and clinches to the top of the table. The best moments of the match is Lockie Ferguson, who had bowled a quicker delivery of 142km/h. It was a short delivery to Steve Smith and he played a decent pull shot towards the backfoot point. But the lights of brilliant fielder Martin Guptill had flabbergasted the crowd by taking a stunning left-handed catch at leg gully point by diving in the midair towards his left to dismiss Steve Smith.
4. STEVE SMITH – AUSTRALIA - (29th JUNE 2019) – This happened in the same match against New Zealand. They were about to chase a target 244. Australian left-arm pacer Starc was bowling his 6th over and New Zealand was already five wickets down with 125-5. Tom Latham was batting with Neesham at the non-striker’s end. They need a good partnership and Aussies need that big wicket of Latham to get themselves fix their spot at the top of the table. In reply to Guptil’s catch, Steve Smith took a flying catch, diving towards his right at short mid-off to dismiss Tom Latham. After that, New Zealand were 125-6. Steve Smith proved it right that catches win matches, at the right point of time.
5. MS DHONI – INDIA - (27th JUNE 2019) – This was the match on 27th June 2019, between India and West Indies, happened at Old Trafford cricket ground. Jasprit Bumrah was bowling and Carlos Brathwaite was batting at the striker’s end. West Indies were into their 27th over. MS Dhoni, dived towards his right took a single-handed blinder behind the stumps to dismiss Carlos Brathwaite for just one run.
6. SARFARAZ AHMED – PAKISTAN - (26th JUNE 2019) – This was the match happened between Pakistan and New Zealand at Edgbaston on 26th June 2019. A 19-year old young talented bowler Shaheen was bowling his 3rd over and it was Taylor who was batting at the striker’s end and New Zealand was already crumbling down at 38-2 in 8.4 overs. Sarfaraz Ahmed, skipper and wicketkeeper dived to his right and took an outstanding catch to dismiss Taylor back the pavilion, after scoring 3 runs. Pakistan had won that match by 6 wickets in hand and 5 balls to spare.
7. GLENN MAXWELL – AUSTRALIA - (25th JUNE 2019) – This was the match between Australia and England, happened on 25th June 2019. England was already collapsed with 7 wickets down. England needed 84 runs to win in just 52 balls, and they were 202-7. Behrendorff was given to bowl the 42nd over. Chris Woakes was already batting well and they have 8 overs to spare but Woakes pulled the 2nd ball of Behrendorff towards deep mid-wicket boundary. Undoubtedly Glenn Maxwell is one of the best fielders for Australia. It was actually a six which was hit by Chris Woakes but Maxwell took an exceptional catch at the boundary line, jumped in the midair and threw back the ball to his teammate/skipper Finch to complete the catch. It was a sensational team effort on that day. Mitchell Starc’s wicket turned out to be the turning point of that match and Aussies once again proved to be best at the death spells and on the field, winning by 86 runs.