Batting and bowling have been the most important aspects of cricket traditionally, but fielding has also become a crucial area in modern-day cricket. The Australian opener, Usman Khawaja highlighted the fact once more in the Indore Test against India as he pulled off a flying catch to end Shreyas Iyer’s stay at the crease.
The low-scoring contest between India and Australia at the Holkar stadium in Indore has been exhilarating so far with the hosts losing half of the side with a lead of 30 runs in the second innings. While the other batters were struggling for the Indian team, Shreyas Iyer came out with a different approach producing a counterattack. He played a fiery knock of 26 runs from 27 balls until a stunning fielding effort from Usman Khawaja resulted in his dismissal.
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Mitchell Starc came out to bowl the 38th over of the innings and he bowled a fuller ball striding down the leg. Iyer flicked the ball toward midwicket without keeping it down. Khwaja was stationed inside the 30-yard circle and he dived to his left to grab the ball. The ball stuck in his right hand and ensured that the ball is not spilled while diving.
Here is the video of the catch by Usman Khawaja:
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Srikar Bharat (wk), Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj
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Australia (Playing XI): Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith (c), Peter Handscomb, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Todd Murphy, Matthew Kuhnemann
Usman Khawaja’s high-flying pyrotechnics ended the stay of a batter in rhythm and Twitteratis also praised him for the commendable fielding effort.
Australia must be singing!
Khwaja mere khwaja dil me samajaaaa
— Sourabh Sanyal (@sourabhsanyal) March 2, 2023
#IndvAus What a sensational catch by Khwaja to dismiss Iyer. This could be a match changing and a series changing catch..
India 113-5 pic.twitter.com/9jErjxQWD2
— Anurag Sinha (@anuragsinha1992) March 2, 2023
What a brilliant catch Usman Khwaja. Tough Luck Shreyas. Yeh toh Lanka lag gayee.
— Pallavi 🇮🇳 (@PallaviSKeshri) March 2, 2023
Tere Darbar mein Khwaja.. aar jhukate hein Usman Khwaja.
— Prakash (@Prakash1049) March 2, 2023
Sensational catch by Khwaja! 💯 Iyer gone. #INDvsAUSTest
— Ritvik Saxena (@imritvik) March 2, 2023
what a screamer by khwaja
— infi.Ξ(22%) (@infinozz) March 2, 2023
Amazing catch by Khwaja to dismiss Shreyas Iyer.
— Ripson Lobo (@Ripsylobo12) March 2, 2023
iyer gone and khwaja mere khwaja great catch!#BGT #INDvsAUSTest
— Sumo (@sumo_pehlawan) March 2, 2023
What a catch by Khwaja! 🙌🏻#BorderGavaskarTrophy2023 #BGT2023 #INDvsAUSTest pic.twitter.com/TwYwVw1dAE
— Tyson (@tyson18__) March 2, 2023