The advent of T20 cricket has sent fielding standards through the roof. The aspect of fielding assumes more importance today in competitive cricket than ever before. In T20 cricket, where margins are narrow, inspired displays on the field often prove to be the deciding factor in a game. Every season of the Indian Premier League serves us with remarkable catches that were unimaginable a few years ago. IPL 2020 has been no different. Here’s a look at the outstanding grabs of the season so far.
Faf Du Plessis (Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians)
Stationed at the edge of the boundary rope, the South African leapt into the air to pull off not one, but two clinical catches.
MS Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals)
MSD has still got it! The great man dived full stretch to his right in this effort.
Sanju Samson (Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders)
Sanju Samson’s (head) banger impressed a certain Sachin Tendulkar.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti (Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals)
Fast bowlers aren’t the most agile fielders? Young Nagarkoti is looking to change this perception with this effort.
Glenn Maxwell and Jimmy Neesham (Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians)
Relay catches are always a treat to the eye. Two of KXIP’s overseas pros combined to pull one off. Who said Aussies and Kiwis don’t get along?
Yuzvendra Chahal (Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals)
RCB’s pint-sized spin wizard managed to pluck a stunning return catch from just above the earth.
Manish Pandey (Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians)
Pandey had spilled a couple of chances earlier in the innings, but more than made up for it with this stunner.
Anukul Roy (Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals)
Spinner Anukul Roy (pictured above) is yet to feature in a game for Mumbai this season, but made a mark as a substitute fielder with this mighty impressive aerial grab.
Kieron Pollard (Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals)
A compilation of great catches in the IPL can’t not feature big Kieron Pollard. Here’s the Trinidadian juggling a catch on the boundary line.
Faf Du Plessis and Ravindra Jadeja (Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders)
CSK aren’t the youngest side in the IPL but they sure know how to field. Here are two of the finest fielders in the world coming together for a relay catch.
MS Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders)
Who would’ve thought 39-year-old MS Dhoni would feature twice on a list of top catches? Watch him take flight and then pouch the ball on the parry.