Cricket fans across the world are shocked after seeing one of the best catches probably in their lifetime. A video that has gained traction on social media shows Indian cricketer Ruturaj Gaikwad catch a cricket ball in outrageous fashion over the boundary line and then throw the ball back into the playing field as his teammate catches safely it to claim the wicket.
It was a Super League Group A, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match between Maharashtra and the Railways. In the last ball of the second innings, batsman Manjeet Singh, who plays for the Railways was facing Vishal Gite, and as the latter delivered the ball, Singh swung his bat to hit it straight down the ground but not before it had reached the height of at least the second tier of the stadium. The ball was well on its way to give maximum runs to Singh, but Gaikwad had other plans. Fielding near the boundary, he came in running to dive and catch the ball with his right hand, and then miraculously turned his hand around his back to throw it to his teammate Divyang Himganekar, who caught the ball safely to claim the wicket. The dismissal also meant that the Railways were bowled out to have Maharashtra win the match and enter the finals of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy The on-field umpire's soft decision was an 'out'. However, he asked for the third umpire's decision, who stuck with the soft call after a couple of slow-motion reviews.
Gaikwad's efforts have surprised, stunned and baffled a lot of people on the internet and reactions have been coming in from professionals of the sport as well. Stuart Broad called it "absolutely outrageously brilliant" whereas Oli Bell, a presenter at ITV said that it could be "a new greatest ever catch". Mike Hesson, operations director at Royal Challengers Bangalore asked people to put aside a minute of your life to watch the catch.