IPL 2023
Lalit Yadav Takes An Exceptional Catch To Send Back Ajinkya Rahane
By CricShots - May 10, 2023 9:42 pm
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There is no denying the fact that it’s very difficult for a bowler to take a rebound catch it requires a combination of stellar reflexes and incredible agility to pull off. Yet, the Delhi Capitals (DC) all-rounder, Lalit Yadav managed to take arguably the best such catch in IPL history as his grab had both batters and the umpire marveling in shock.

Lalit Yadav
Lalit Yadav took an exceptional catch

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) witnessed a rare top-order collapse against DC on a dry Chepauk track, tumbling to 82/4 at the end of 12 overs. While clinical bowling by Axar Patel took care of the openers, the visitors required something extraordinary from Lalit Yadav to get the crucial wicket of Ajinkya Rahane. The off-spinner was bowling his second over of his spell with the veteran batter at the other end.

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Lalit Yadav lobbed a ball straight and slightly full, tempting Rahane to charge down the track and offer a full-blooded blow to up the ante. He seemed to have executed the shot perfectly as the ball made a meaty sound when it struck the center of Rahane’s bat and was traveling at a brisk pace down the pitch, seemingly destined for a boundary.

However, Lalit Yadav had other plans, as he shuffled to his right before falling flat to the ground towards his right, his dominant hand extended well beyond his head. Non-striker Shivam Dube had to jump out of the way of the diving all-rounder and seemed to panic when the ball did not travel past him, afraid of getting run out.

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Yet, little did he realize that the 26-year-old had not just managed to stop the ball from going past but also somehow made the ball stick between his thumb and index finger in a catch for the ages. The unbelievable take even had umpire Chris Gaffaney opening his mouth wide in a circle, effectively serving as the entire audience’s manifestation with his expressions reading ‘too good to be true.’

Here is the video of the catch from Lalit Yadav:

  

The Twitterati unanimously agreed on the grab being the ‘catch of the season’ with a better one hardly fathomable regardless of the number of games remaining, with some even labelling it the best catch in IPL history.

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