Ranji Trophy | Twitter reacts to Abhishek Porel pulls of Jhonty Rhodes-esque catch with incredible full stretch dive down the leg
The Porel brothers have played a crucial role in placing Bengal on the front foot against Uttar Pradesh|
There are few more spectacular sights on a cricket field than players testing human physical limits by distorting their bodies in extreme ways, especially when it comes to wicketkeepers in their burly pads and big gloves. Abhishek Porel produced a catch for the ages on Tuesday with a blinder.
Bengal continued to pile on the momentum in their season opener against Uttar Pradesh at Eden Gardens on Tuesday, having reduced the opposition to 181/8 at the time of writing. An 89-run stand for the fourth wicket provided them with a glimmer of hope, with Priyam Garg scoring 53 while Rinku Singh starred with 79, but the hosts eked back the game in their favour again with a flurry of wickets thereon. The highlight of their efforts came in the 54th over of the match, courtesy of a display of genius by Bengal wicket-keeper Abhishek Porel.
All-rounder Shivam Mavi, facing pacer Pritam Chakraborty, was surprised by a short ball on the fifth ball of the over and hurriedly attempted a pull over his shoulders. However, he could only manage a top edge as the ball flew above his shoulder blade and seemed to be heading down the leg side for four. However, Porel had different ideas. The wicket-keeper took a slight step to his left before putting in a full-length dive in a desperate attempt to grab the ball. The red cherry, having almost travelled past him, somehow stuck in his glove, earning Bengal a crucial wicket of the prolific all-rounder.
The incident provided a cricketing photo for the ages, featuring Porel stretched to the utmost while suspended mid air and the ball in his outstretched palm, reminding Twitterati of the famous Jhonty Rhodes still where he grabbed a similar catch albeit in the outfield.
Out of the box
December 13, 2022
One handed stunner
Pritam Chakraborty kept it short on off-middle and Mavi nicked it.. Then comes Abishek Porel, who jumps to his wrong side to grab a one handed stunner to terminate Shivam Mavi's innings..— SAPTAK SANYAL (@SAPTAKSANYAL2) December 13, 2022
Absolute treat to watch!!#RanjiTrophy
Pritam Chakraborty made his FC debut back in Dec 2014 and played only 2 matches then. He also made his T20 debut that year (5 games).— Rhitankar Bandyopadhyay (@rhitankar8616) December 13, 2022
He makes his comeback to the Bengal team after 8 years & gets a wicket off just his third delivery.
After his first spell : 4-1-9-1#RanjiTrophy
WICKET! Over: 53.5 Shivam Mavi 4(19) ct Abishek Porel b PB Chakraborty, Uttar Pradesh 171/7 #BENvUP #RanjiTrophy— BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) December 13, 2022
🔔Not A Confirmed One!— Hustler (@KrAk0451) December 13, 2022
But What I Think Is MI May SRH To Trade One Of Tyagi/Natrajan!
Considering Shivam Mavi's High Demand
May Be MI Is Not Sure Of Getting Mavi So They May!
Only If The Window Has Been Opened By BCCI!#SRH #MI #CSK #IPL #IPL2023 #IPLTrade
Hope good happens
Shivam Mavi could be the highest paid Indian player in the auction. He can bowl 140+ and contribute with the bat down the order and is a gun fielder as well. Kkr didn’t use him well I hope he goes to a franchise which gives him a consistent run. #IPL2023 #IPLAuction— Tesla (@keizen369) December 12, 2022
Never doubt a man who took a selfie with me!— koushikofficial (@kbofficial25) December 13, 2022
You can’t ignore a talent like Ishan Porel!
Five-fer for the Bengal pacer!#BENvUP #ranjitrophy2022
Tea break: Uttar Pradesh - 171/7 in 53.5 overs (Shivam Mavi 4 off 19, Rinku Singh 72 off 105) #BENvUP #RanjiTrophy— BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) December 13, 2022
5 wickets by @ishan_ip55 !!!🤩— Aparajita Ray (@AparajitaRay20) December 13, 2022
দারুন দাদা!!👌🔥#RanjiTrophy #BENvsUP
EastBengal),7) Abishek Porel(Mohunbagan),8) Shahbaz Ahmed(Tapan Memorial),9) Akash Deep(Barisha)— SAPTAK SANYAL (@SAPTAKSANYAL2) December 13, 2022
10) Ishan Porel(EastBengal)
11) Pritam Chakraborty(Kalighat