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“Catch of the year”: Mohammad Kaif takes one-handed blinder of a catch to dismiss Upul Tharanga in LLC 2023 Eliminator match

Gurpreet Singh

WATCH: Mohammad Kaif takes one-handed blinder of a catch to dismiss Upul Tharanga in LLC 2023 Eliminator match

Leaving the fans slack-jawed even at the age of 42, and refreshing their memories of his acrobatics while fielding for the Indian team, Mohammad Kaif plucked a one-handed diving catch to dismiss Upul Tharanga in the ongoing ‘Eliminator’ fixture of the Legends League Cricket (LLC) 2023 at Doha.

Despite having won just one of their four league stage matches, such is the format of this three-team tournament that the India Maharajas are playing this do-or-die clash against the Asia Lions, who had finished second in the table with a couple of victories.

Opting to bat first post winning the Toss, the Lions’ skipper Shahid Afridi’s decision was aptly justified by the opening pair of Upul Tharanga (50 off 31) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (27 off 26), who stitched together an 83-run stand inside nine Overs. However, a Mohammad Kaif blinder helped the Maharajas draw first blood.

Mohammad Kaif takes one-handed blinder of a catch to dismiss Upul Tharanga

The nostalgic moment occurred during the ninth Over of the innings being bowled by Pragyan Ojha. On the penultimate ball, Upul Tharanga rocked back to a delivery which was slightly on the shorter side and wished to cream it towards the cover region.

The well-timed shot would have crossed the boundary fence for sure, but Kaif threw himself full stretch towards his right, and plucked a one-handed gem out of thin air to have the entire crowd stand up on their feet.

Asia Lions surge towards a strong finish

As far as the ongoing match is concerned, the Asia Lions are heading towards a strong finish, having already posted 132/2 after 15 Overs at the time of writing.

With Thisara Perara at the crease and the likes of in-form Misbah-ul-Haq plus hard-hitters in Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzak yet to bat, th Lions might well post in excess of the 180-run mark.

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Gurpreet Singh

Gurpreet Singh


Gurpreet Singh is a Cricket writer at The Sportsrush. His platonic relationship with sports had always been there since childhood, but Cricket managed to strike a special, intimate nerve of his heart. Although his initial dream of playing the sport at the highest level couldn't come to fruition, Gurpreet did represent the state of Jharkhand at the under-14 level. However, almost like taking a pledge to never let the undying passion for Cricket fade away even a tad, he made sure to continue the love relationship by assigning the field of journalism as an indirect Cupid. He thus, first finished his bachelor's in journalism and then pursued the PG Diploma course in English journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC). Soon after and since 2019, he has been working at The Sportsrush. Apart from sports, he takes keen interest in politics, and in understanding women and gender-related issues.

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