Certain players are known for staging miraculous efforts but when the other cricketers who are not considered among the greatest do something similar, they get even more attention. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batter, Ambati Rayudu made a herculean attempt to send back Prithvi Shaw and his success was highly lauded by the best in the business Ravindra Jadeja.
Courtesy of CSK’s top-order brilliance on Saturday afternoon, Ambati Rayudu did not get a chance to bat against Delhi Capitals (DC) at Arun Jaitley Stadium. However, the 37-year-old made an instant impact while coming on the field, as he pulled off a brilliant effort to help CSK to get rid of the dangerous Prithvi Shaw early.
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Although the delivery, bowled by Tushar Deshpande, was bound to be hit, Ambati Rayudu made sure it ended up in favor of the visitors. It was the third ball of the second over which was pitched at full length and outside off stump.
Prithvi Shaw, batting on 5 off 6 balls, tried to drive on the up to play past mid-off but Rayudu’s flying effort while moving to his right with a perfect jump helped him to complete a brilliant catch. It is notable to mention that Shaw hit a superb half-century before coming to this fixture, and thus, it was a crucial breakthrough for CSK in their defense of 223.
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Rayudu’s valiant effort was congratulated by almost every CSK cricketer, but the one which stood out the most was the reaction from Ravindra Jadeja. The all-rounder, known to be arguably the best fielder at present, could not restrict himself from having a laugh, as even he was surprised to see the evergreen Rayudu pulling off an exceptional catch.
Here is the video of the catch by Ambati Rayudu:
Here is how the netizens reacted to the incident:
Ambati Rayudu the fielder pic.twitter.com/ry0tbs6mxl
— FAFian™ (@SanthosH_S13) May 20, 2023
A good catch from Ambati Rayudu and Tushar Deshpande draws the first blood. pic.twitter.com/o99mPQNIt7
— Himanshu Ladha (@HimanshuLadha8) May 20, 2023
What a Catch by Ambati Rayudu 💛🦁 and Wicket Number 20 For Tushar Deshpande in IPL 2023 💛 pic.twitter.com/6baHuNRlN1
— Junaid Khan (@JunaidKhanation) May 20, 2023
The Flying Ambati Rayudu. 🦸
His catching skills at short is just lit 🔥#TATAIPL2023 | #DCvCSK | #AmbatiRayudu | #IPL2023 | #DCvsCSK
— Paritosh Kumar 🏏 (@ParitoshK_2016) May 20, 2023