Best catch ever in in T20 Cricket World Cup. This memorable catch comes from the inaugural T20 World Cup when a young Indian team conquered the world.
Dinesh Karthik has been India’s go to man whenever India needed someone to cover for MS Dhoni. The man, who played the role of the second keeper in the Indian team for 15 years however, registered his best ever catch without the gloves.
Back in 2007, the Indian team was going through a lean period. They had been eliminated from the group stage of the World Cup and many of the senior players decided not to take part in the first ever T20 World Cup.
The selectors decided to name MS Dhoni the captain and gave him the reigns to an almost untested young side. Having qualified for the Super 8’s after a thriller against arch-rivals Pakistan, India were now eyeing for a spot in the Semi-finals. However, a disappointing performance in their first match left them chasing two wins in their next two matches.
The first of them was against the mighty South Africans. India batted first and posted 153-5 thanks to Rohit Sharma’s 50 of 40 balls. A good score, but not a daunting one for a South African line-up that had opened the tournament by scoring over 200 runs against West Indies.
Best catch ever in T20 Cricket World Cup
South Africa started steadily but began losing the plot in the second over of their innings itself. RP Singh, had cleaned up both the openers in his first over itself. Singh got rid of Herschel Gibbs by trapping him LBW. Greame Smith’s dismissal however, was as Karthick’s wicket just as much as it was RP Singh’s.
The left arm pacer bowled an outswinger to the then South African captain. Smith poked at the ball only to deflect it to the slip cordon. Karthick then flew to his left and caught the ball in mid-air to send the Southpaw back to the pavilion.
South Africa never really recovered from that and played out their entire 20 overs only to register 116-9. India won the match by 37 runs and carried the momentum to go on and win the entire tournament by beating none other than Pakistan in the finals.
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