“No way, you CANNOT do that, Ravindra Jadeja” would have been the words of a certain Nasser Hussain had he been on air to witness the former’s ludicrous catch. The showstopper pulled off an outrageous one-handed screamer whilst being wrong-footed to leave the batsman Neil Wagner dumbstruck.
You just cannot keep Ravindra Jadeja out of the game, can you? Yes, this is a phrase that’s overused everytime Jadeja plays, but you cannot help but just admire the electrifying nature of the man - he would give a peak ‘Rock’ a bet for his money, you can bet. First, on a Hagley Oval wicket where there was supposedly no space for spinners, the left-armer broke stereotypes by producing an outstanding spell of bowling. But that just doesn’t cut it, does it? So he then decided to steal the show by casually taking the catch of the decade.
This catch we’re talking about came off the bowling of Mohammad Shami, on 72nd over of the New Zealand innings. With the Indian bowlers running out of ideas, the 51-run partnership between Kyle Jamieson and Neil Wagner threatened to turn into a century stand and that moment, it needed a special effort from an Indian player to stop the haemorrhage. Need a special moment? Well, cue Ravindra Jadeja.
Wagner, who was well-set and batting on 21, connected a Shami half-tracker off the sweet spot of his bat and at that point in time, it looked like the ball was going to the boundary. Both Wagner and the Indian players looked anxiously as the ball hung in the air, but the outcome seemed pretty obvious - a boundary. However, just as the ball was heading to the ropes, Jadeja, who initially had out-run the ball and was kind of wrong-footed, leaped in the air and stuck out his left arm.
Staggeringly, much to the shock of everyone in the ground, the ball stuck to Jadeja’s left hand. Jadeja, after taking the catch, effortlessly rolled over in the follow through and put his arm up to celebrate and he was instantly mobbed by his teammates, who were both ecstatic and relieved at the same time. The best reaction came from the batsman Wagner, though, as he stood his ground in utter disbelief realizing he had just been “Jadeja’d”. Well, yet another day, yet another Jadeja special.
Can't agree more
Sir Ravindra Jadeja - The Best Indian fielder . pic.twitter.com/qdFsVZL1ZN— Prince Fan (@Ravianenenu) March 1, 2020
It was a stunner
Loved it❤️ Sir Ravindra Jadeja 👌👌👌 pic.twitter.com/gbBUVR2Vrb— ಸುರೇಶ್ ಕುಮಾರ್.ಜಿ.ಆರ್ ◆🔸⚖️GRS⚖️🔸◆ (@sureshkumargr26) March 1, 2020
Take a bow Sir Jadeja
You cannot do that Ravindra Jadeja!!! YOU CANNOT DO THAT!— AB (@Abhisingh183) March 1, 2020
NO WAY, NO NO WAY.. YOU CAN NOT DO THAT RAVINDRA JADEJA— Abhi (@fakeacc_18) March 1, 2020
What a legend
Ravindra Jadeja has quite possibly taken the greatest outfield catch cricket has ever seen.— Arinjay Ghosh (@ArinjayGhosh) March 1, 2020
Leaped. Soared. Paused. Plucked. Held on.
We will keep seeing this one on repeat and highlight packages for decades!#NZvIND #NZvsIND #TeamIndia
Nobody in the present game fields like freaking Sir Ravindra Jadeja❤ What a legend!!— Siddhant Singh (@siddhanntsingh) March 1, 2020
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