Catch (Photo Source: X/Twitter)
There are many interesting videos from Tennis-ball matches that have gone viral in recent times. However, the latest video of a wicketkeeper’s unique catch has taken the cricket fraternity by storm.
During a Tennis-ball cricket match, a left-arm seamer bowled a beautiful delivery that moved away from the right-handed batter, who tried to drive the ball to the covers but was unsuccessful in his attempt. The ball went off the outside edge to the right of the wicketkeeper. He dived to take the catch but the ball ricocheted off his outstretched right hand and fell on his back. The wicketkeeper showed great presence of mind and stopped the ball on his back by bending his body appropriately and locking his arms to create a cushion.
The batter was shellshocked, while the players from the fielding team couldn’t believe what they had just seen. A few of them joined the wicketkeeper on the ground and had a laugh. These are the kind of catches that stay in the minds of fans for a long time.
This is the greatest wicket-keeper catch of all-time! 😂
— That’s So Village (@ThatsSoVillage) November 9, 2023
— Nibraz Ramzan (@nibraz88cricket) November 10, 2023
The video went viral in no time as cricket lovers on social media couldn’t stop themselves from applauding the wicketkeeper’s intelligence. One fan announced it as the ‘catch of the century’, while another called the wicketkeeper ‘lucky’ as the ball could have gone anywhere.
The most important thing that was evident in the video was how much the players were enjoying themselves in the middle. At the end of the day, the sheer joy the beautiful game of cricket provides is what makes fans adore it.
What is the law regarding a fair catch?
Law 33 of MCC deals with ‘Caught’ dismissals. As per Law 33.1, which is defined as Out Caught, “the striker is out Caught if a ball delivered by the bowler, not being a No ball, touches his/her bat without having previously been in contact with any fielder, and is subsequently held by a fielder as a fair catch, as described in 33.2 and 33.3, before it touches the ground.”
Law 33.2 elaborates that a fair catch. “A catch will be fair only if, in every case either the ball, at any timeor any fielder in contact with the ball, is not grounded beyond the boundary before the catch is completed.”
Furthermore, law 33.3 states that the “act of making a catch shall start from the time when the ball first comes into contact with a fielder’s person and shall end when a fielder obtains complete control over both the ball and his/her own movement.”