Ranking the top 5 catches in IPL history
The IPL has produced countless moments of magic in the field since the tournament began in 2008. We rank our top five catches of all time.
Archer’s match-winning performances with the ball and cameos with the bat were enough to hand him the MVP award for the 2020 IPL, but he also provided an unforgettable moment in the field.
Stationed at third man, Archer initially misjudged the flight of the ball off Ishan Kishan’s bat, running several steps in from the boundary.
When he realised his mistake, the England international started to backtrack before leaping and sticking out his right hand.
Unbelievably, the ball stuck, and Archer’s team-mates were left with their hands on their heads in disbelief.
The England international, however, seemed almost unimpressed, trotting in to take the acclaim of his exultant teammates.
Most catches are examples of individual brilliance, so it makes a nice change when a stunner comes about thanks to some great teamwork.
Rahane took the credit for the final catch here, but really it was Royals teammate Johan Botha who did most of the hard work.
Taking the catch as he sprinted towards the long-off boundary, Botha had the presence of mind to turn and throw the ball to Rahane, who was some distance away from him.
Botha managed to find Rahane perfectly with his throw, and the India international took a simple catch to complete the dismissal.
A special mention should go to Ravi Jadeja and Faf du Plessis, who took a similarly brilliant two-man catch at the 2020 tournament.
AB de Villiers is never far from a ‘best of’ list, and he comes in at no.3 here with an effort that was described by his captain, Virat Kohli, as ‘freakish, Superman stuff.’
Fielding at deep midwicket, de Villiers was called into action as Sunrisers batsman Alex Hales pulled a short ball from Moeen Ali towards him.
Running around the boundary to his right, de Villiers set himself before jumping up and throwing out his right hand to pluck the ball out of the air, almost from beyond the boundary.
After his right foot landed just inside the rope, de Villiers drop-kicked the ball in celebration.
Almost as good as the catch were the reactions of his team-mates – particularly that of Kohli – who sprinted the length of the pitch to join in.
De Villiers makes another appearance on this list at no.2, but this time he is the victim of a stunning grab, not the man making it.
Pulling hard to the boundary between midwicket and long-on, de Villiers looked set to add at least four to his score.
When the fielder in pursuit, Chris Lynn, lost his footing, such an outcome seemed inevitable.
Lynn, however, steadied himself, arched his back, took the catch in mid-air and then managed to contort his body to avoid the boundary rope.
It was quite simply a breath-taking effort, and undoubtedly one of the greatest catches in the history of the IPL.
This effort from Pollard takes top spot on our list because it is essentially two stunning catches in one.
Royals batsman Kevon Cooper probably thought he’d got enough on his hoik to long-on, but Pollard had other ideas.
After plucking the ball out of the air with his right hand at full stretch, Pollard stumbled to within a centimetre of the rope before throwing it back into play over his head.
As he turned around, Pollard almost lost his footing before charging four steps towards the ball and taking a one-handed diving catch.
The third umpire took a while to check the catch but Cooper was eventually given out, confirming the greatest catch in IPL history.
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