Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli took an excellent catch to help his team dismiss in-form opening batter Ruturaj Gaikwad in an IPL 2021 match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Friday (September 24).
Defending a modest total of 157 in Sharjah, RCB needed to strike early. But Gaikwad and his CSK opening partner Faf du Plessis kept the opposition at bay and got their team off to a magnificent start.
The duo of Gaikwad and Du Plessis maximised the powerplay overs with a flurry of boundaries against RCB quicks and spinners. They took their team’s score to 59/0 by the end of the field restrictions. Soon, however, Gaikwad was forced to make a long walk back because of the sheer brilliance in the field from Kohli.
Virat Kohli takes a magnificent diving catch to dismiss Ruturaj Gaikwad
The stunning grab was on show on the second ball of the 9th over of the CSK innings. Facing RCB’s veteran legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal, Gaikwad hit him away for a boundary via an adventurous reverse-sweep. But on the very next ball, the bowler had his sweet revenge, thanks to his skipper who was absolutely brilliant in his act.
Deceived by the dip on the leg-break from Chahal, Gaikwad could only miscue his attempted drive towards the backward point region, from where Virat Kohli made a top effort.
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With the ball quickly dying on him, Kohli put in an excellent dive and managed to get both his hands underneath the ball.
The RCB captain, with his team desperately in search for a breakthrough, pulled off one of the best pieces of fielding one would see in this edition of the IPL.
Recognising the importance of the wicket, Kohli immediately started in celebrating with the rest of the RCB fielders joining him.
As Gaikwad started walking back, his partner Du Plessis asked him to stop and wait to see if the catch is taken cleanly, not impressing Kohli much as seen from his reaction.
But there was no respite for Gaikwad, as the replays called in by the two on-field umpires confirmed the cleanliness and the greatness of the grab from Virat Kohli.
The replay only enhanced the quality of the grab, with the giant screen showing how Kohli took the catch inches above the ground through fantastic agility and awareness.