Nicholas Pooran stunned the cricket world and social media with a gravity-defying match to prevent a six on a record-breaking night in the Indian Premier League.
Pooran dove like a cat to catch the ball at full length six feet (two meters) above the limit before twisting in the air and passing it over the rope a fraction of a second before hitting floor.
West Indian stunts to deny Rajasthan Royals batsman Sanju Samson a six were not enough to prevent his Kings XI Punjab side from losing Sunday in the biggest chase race in IPL history at Sharjah.
Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar called it “the best rescue I have seen in my life. Simply incredible !! »- incentive thanks to« #godofcricket »from Punjab coach Jonty Rhodes.
“There really is NO doubt that this is THE best stop, EVER. The fantastic work of @ nicholas_47 which inspired the rest of the fielders @lionsdenkxip to put on one of the best defensive field displays I have ever seen, ”Rhodes tweeted.
Former England drummer Kevin Pietersen, commenting on TV, was blown away by Trinidad-born Pooran’s “incredible” feat, which resulted in two points instead of six.
“No way, no way, no way. It’s incredible! Saving T20 cricket ever is the best I have seen, ”Pietersen said.
Video of the spectacular effort lit up social media.
“Nicolas Pooran saving for the border was extraordinary inhuman, he redefined the capacity for human thought, bow,” said one Twitter user.
Another said: “Wowza, superman Nicolas Pooran”.
Pooran’s effort came after his eight 25 balls with the bat as King’s XI racked up an unassailable 223 for two of their 20 overs.
But the Royals came home with four wickets and three balls in reserve.
India’s Rahul Tewatia smashed 53 out of 31 balls – including five sixes in one – after Steve Smith hit a quickfire 50 and Samson 85.
The cash-rich Twenty20 league is held in the UAE behind closed doors after being kicked out of India due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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