IPL 2020 — ‘Best save I have seen in my life’: Sachin Tendulkar hails Nicholas Pooran’s incredible effort
Nicholas Pooran may have pulled off the best-ever fielding effort in the history of IPL. Sachin Tendulkar hailed it as 'best save' he has seen in his life. Pooran's effort came for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) against Rajasthan Royals (RR)
Sharjah: The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) witnessed a record run chase on Sunday (September 27) as Rajasthan Royals (RR) edged Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by four wickets while achieving a 224-run target at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Apart from the batting efforts, one incredible piece of fielding by Nicholas Pooran became the talking point.
Pooran’s gravity defying leap and saving a six left cricketers in awe of the West Indian. In the eighth over of the RR innings, Sanju Samson pulled a ball from Murugan Ashwin towards the onside where Pooran dived full stretch over the boundary line and caught the ball. The West Indian was airborne and before he landed he threw the ball back inside the boundary to save four runs. The batsman ran two.
As soon as cricketers and fans saw this brilliant piece of fielding, social media was full of praise for Pooran and batting legend Sachin Tendulkar called it “best save” he has seen in his life.
“This is the best save I have seen in my life. Simply incredible!! #IPL2020 #RRvKXIP (sic),” Tendulkar tweeted with a screenshot of the outstanding fielding.
Over the years, IPL has seen many instances of brilliant fielding but for many Pooran tops the list now.
Earlier, KXIP, riding on Mayank Agarwal’s century (106) and captain KL Rahul’s 69, posted 223/2 in 20 overs. Mayank and Rahul added 183 runs for the first wicket in 16.3 overs.
Until the 16th over, RR struggled and were almost out of the game. But Rahul Tewatia, who initially could not put bat to ball, smashed five sixes off Sheldon Cottrell in the 18th over to turn the match. RR won in the final over. Samson won the Man-of-the-match for his 42-ball 85. This was RR’s second win of the season.