IPL 2021 1st week review – Fielding: One of the most exciting features of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is the amazing display in the field by players from various teams. With standards of fielding getting better in India and best fielders from other countries taking part as well, there are plenty of eye-catching saves, run-outs, stops, and of course, catches.
As the first week of IPL has completed, it’s time to look back and appreciate the best fielding moments from the matches played therein. Obviously, catches dominate the list of top-5 fielding efforts from the opening week but the Indian maestro in the field Ravindra Jadeja has managed to make a mark, as usual, both as a catcher and on-ground fielder.
What has been most impressive is the fact that wicketkeepers have come to the forefront this season, so far, in showing why their work behind the stumps can never be underestimated.
Here are the five best efforts in the field during IPL 2021 – First week:
AB de Villiers’ catch of Jonny Bairstow
It’s nearly impossible to keep AB de Villiers out of the game. The same was the case when the team took on Sunrisers Hyderabad. AB, keeping wickets, saw Jonny Bairstow get a big top edge and ran a long way from his position, all this while keeping everyone to ensure no one else disturbed him in the process, and, after positioning himself below the ball, took a diving catch to finish off what was a superlative display of running, place awareness, and reflexes.
Ravindra Jadeja – catch of Chris Gayle
Ravindra Jadeja is, possibly, the best fielder in the world, and, against Punjab Kings on Friday, he was on fire. After creating an incredible run-out earlier (mentioned below) he took a great diving catch. As one usually expects from Jadeja, he was immaculate in his effort, timing the dive perfectly and managing to extend himself enough to grab the catch.
IPL 2021 1st week review – Fielding: Ravindra Jadeja dazzles while Sanju Samson produces a blinder
Chetan Sakariya – catch of Nicholas Pooran
Not a very well-known cricketer, Chetan Sakariya earned the attention of the entire IPL-viewing audience when he completed an excellent take against Punjab Kings to dismiss Nicholas Pooran. The West Indian batsman mishit the pull shot but would have got a boundary to fine-leg on most occasions with a shot like that. However, this time, Sakariya timed his jump perfectly and, using both hands, completed a marvellous catch.
Ravindra Jadeja – run-out of KL Rahul
Jonty Rhodes would have rarely come up with a better fielding effort than this. Rushing in from cover position to collect the ball as it ricocheted off Chris Gayle’s pads, as a hawk pounces upon his prey, Jadeja not only collected the ball cleanly with one hand but threw it accurately on to the stumps, all in one motion, with one-and-a-half stump to aim at, and caught KL Rahul short of his crease.
Sanju Samson – catch of Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan’s attempt to scoop the ball fine for a boundary was foiled by a catch for the ages by Rajasthan Royals skipper Sanju Samson. Diving to his right, Sanju was fully airborne and had his right hand extended to the limit when he grabbed the ball. It was a catch that made for a picture-perfect moment and stunned everyone.