Shreyas Iyer Takes A Brilliant Anticipation Catch To Send Back Khawaja
By CricShots - Feb 18, 2023 5:54 pm
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During the second day of the ongoing second Test of Australia’s tour of India 2023 in Delhi, the Indian batter Shreyas Iyer managed to take a fantastic catch as a close in-fielder to hand his team the first Australian wicket in the second innings. Fielding at leg gully, Iyer trusted his quick reflexes to send Australia’s best batter from the first innings Usman Khawaja back to the pavilion cheaply.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer took an exceptional catch

It all happened on the penultimate delivery of the sixth over when Usman Khawaja was attempting a paddle off Ravindra Jadeja’s delivery straight to the gully. Shreyas Iyer, who practically had no time to react, managed to get his hands in the right position only for the ball to stick in between them. Having nailed a slog off Jadeja on the previous delivery, Khawaja’s attempt to play another run-scoring shot led to his dismissal.

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Had Usman Khawaja been more careful of a smart fielding placement, he would’ve perhaps earned another boundary but it wasn’t to be on Saturday. Opening the batting with Travis Head after David Warner has been ruled out of the match due to a concussion injury, Khawaja walked back to the pavilion after scoring 6 (13).

The Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma made the first bowling change in the form of introducing all-rounder Jadeja into the attack yielded instant results for the team.

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Meanwhile, Shreyas Iyer was at the receiving end of a similar catch by Australia’s Peter Handscomb earlier in the day. Part of the four Indian batters who went back to the pavilion before the lunch break, Iyer made some sort of amends from his side by aiding Jadeja to make early inroads into the Australian lineup.

Here is the video of the catch by Shreyas Iyer:


Here is how the cricketing fraternity reacted to the catch by Shreyas Iyer:

With Australia scoring 61/1 in 12 overs by the end of the day’s play, they have attained a 62-run lead for now. With nine wickets still under their belt, expect a hard-fought Day 3 tomorrow.