Royals v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2014, Ahmedabad May 19, 2014

Stupendous Pollard

Plays of the day from the match between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians in Ahmedabad

Kieron Pollard's acrobatics made it one of the catches of the tournament © BCCI

The catch

On top of having probably the biggest hands, Kieron Pollard is unquestionably also the fielder with maximum reach. In the eighth over, he leapt a couple of feet in the air at the long-on boundary to grab on to a floater from Kevon Cooper with his right hand. His momentum though was taking him out of the boundary. He took three tumbling steps, avoiding the boundary skirting narrowly, before going out of the playing area. In the process, he had also tossed the ball back in to the playing area, seemingly, too far away. But he took four big leaps back into the field before diving full length to complete the catch one-handed.

The chance

You don't give Pollard chances. Not when your team has already given away 122 runs in the first 15 overs. Pollard was on 1 when he was sent back by Rohit Sharma after dabbing the ball to midwicket. Dhawal Kulkarni, the fielder, did his part right, firing in a flat throw right on top of the stumps. Sanju Samson, though, only did half of his correctly. He whipped off the bails but had failed to gather the ball. Pollard smashed the next ball for a six over cow corner.

The changes

Both teams made a spate of changes but while Shane Watson was on top of all the names at the toss, Rohit Sharma wasn't. Rohit struggled to remember the third change in the side for a couple of seconds, before the eureka moment. However, by the time the name could travel down from his brain to his lips, it was gone again. It was Michael Hussey.

The slow-motion dive

Apart from befuddling the batsmen and messing with their timing, Rajat Bhatia's slower deliveries are also capturing the public imagination in 'Bhatia is so slow..' jokes - a measure of his increased popularity. At 34 though, Bhatia is no spring chicken in the field. In the third over, as Hussey played a paddle shot to the left of Bhatia at short fine leg, Bhatia went down in slow motion, making a mess of a regulation stop and giving away two extra runs.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Prem on May 20, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    Rohit Sharma's captaincy for MI this season has been like his batting and fielding for India last season - lazy!

  • Ranojoy on May 20, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    Number 1 play on U.S Sportscenter top 10 plays! Congrats to Pollard.

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2014, 22:35 GMT

    Should not have been a catch you can see how far the rope has been pushed back

  • S on May 19, 2014, 21:31 GMT

    Excellent catch. However everyone including the third umpire has been mesmerised by Pollard's acrobatics that they have failed to notice that the skirting rope has been moved back from its original position and Pollard clearly lands outside the boundary line and hence Cooper should have been declared not out and given 6 runs.

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    #like a #boss

  • Android on May 19, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    I can't believe that. ...... he is so good & tallented cricket player, well done poly!!! Lucky Harabhajan....

  • Ali on May 19, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    runs from pollard should be counted as a bonus ...

    those sixes he turns into dismissals are incredible ....

    It must be awesome as a bowler to throw down a rank long hop, watch the batsman give the ball the proper treatment it deserves , and end up with a wicket and a dot ball !

  • Android on May 19, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    Awesome catch polly!!!