Shaun Pollock validates Suryakumar Yadav’s match-winning catch in the T20 World Cup final

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Suryakumar Yadav

In the high-stakes final of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024, Suryakumar Yadav pulled off a catch that left fans and pundits in awe. Facing South Africa, with 16 runs needed off the last over, India’s hopes hung in the balance. Enter Suryakumar, who showcased nerves of steel and an exceptional bit of athleticism.

Suryakumar Yadav’s catch which sealed the deal for India

The moment arrived when David Miller attempted to hit a full toss from Hardik Pandya down the ground. The ball soared, and Suryakumar leapt into action. Juggling the catch, he judged the trajectory to perfection and completed the dismissal. But there was controversy—did his feet touch the boundary ropes? The third umpire ruled in favour of the fielding team, and India celebrated.

Amid the ensuing noise and debate, legendary South African fast bowler Shaun Pollock stepped in. Pollock said that Suryakumar took a clean catch and lauded him for his efforts under pressure. “The catch was fine. The cushion had moved, but that’s in the course of the game. It had nothing to do with Surya. He didn’t stand on the cushion. Brilliant bit of skill,” Pollock said in an interview.

Suryakumar’s catch proved pivotal. India secured a hard-fought victory, beating South Africa by 7 runs. The T20 World Cup trophy returned to Indian soil after 17 years, and the celebrations were electric. Virat Kohli’s gritty 76, Axar Patel’s vital contribution, and Suryakumar’s match-winning catch all played their part.

But it didn’t end there. Suryakumar received the ‘Best Fielder’ medal, a tradition initiated by fielding coach T. Philip during the ODI World Cup. Jay Shah, the BCCI Secretary handed him the medal, and Suryakumar expressed his gratitude.

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