The Indian Premier League (IPL) has always been a spectacle of cricketing talent, showcasing not just batting and bowling skills but also exceptional fielding. Among these, some catches have been etched in the memories of cricket fans forever. Here, we present a detailed look at the top 10 best catches in IPL history, bringing together moments of athletic brilliance and game-changing plays.
Top 10 Best Catches in IPL History
AB de Villiers (IPL 2018 vs SRH)
AB de Villiers, known for his all-round cricketing skills, made a spectacular catch for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Sunrisers Hyderabad. He ran to his right, leaped high, and grabbed the ball with his right hand to dismiss Alex Hales, contributing significantly to RCB’s victory.
Trent Boult (IPL 2018 vs RCB)
Playing for Delhi Daredevils, Trent Boult displayed his fielding prowess by taking an extraordinary catch against Royal Challengers Bangalore. He stretched fully and managed to hold onto the ball with his right hand without touching the rope, dismissing Virat Kohli.
Manish Pandey (IPL 2020 vs MI)
Manish Pandey, representing Sunrisers Hyderabad, showcased a stunning diving effort in the outfield to catch Ishan Kishan off the bowling of Sandeep Sharma. His perfect timing and execution placed this catch among the best in IPL history.
Martin Guptil (IPL 2017 vs MI)
Playing for Kings XI Punjab, Martin Guptil took an extraordinary one-handed catch at the boundary to dismiss Mumbai Indians’ Lendl Simmons, making it one of the best catches of that season.
Kieron Pollard (IPL 2019 vs CSK)
Pollard’s one-handed catch to dismiss Suresh Raina of Chennai Super Kings was a display of his exceptional fielding skills. This effort earned him the Perfect Catch of the Season award.
Virat Kohli (IPL 2018 vs KKR)
The RCB captain, known for his fitness and agility, took a superb diving catch at long-on to dismiss KKR captain Dinesh Karthik, showcasing his fielding prowess.
Ravindra Jadeja and Faf du Plessis (IPL 2020 vs KKR)
In a brilliant display of teamwork, Jadeja and Du Plessis combined to dismiss Sunil Narine of KKR. Jadeja’s diving catch and quick throw to Du Plessis, who avoided skidding onto the boundary, made this a memorable moment in IPL history.
Rohit Sharma (IPL 2017 vs RCB)
Mumbai Indians’ Rohit Sharma, one of India’s finest fielders, took a stunning catch to dismiss AB de Villiers of RCB, diving to his left and stretching his hand to complete the catch.
Faf du Plessis and Dhruv Shorey (IPL 2019 vs RCB)
Another brilliant team effort saw Du Plessis and Shorey collaborate to dismiss Marcus Stoinis of RCB. Du Plessis’ initial catch and his awareness to throw the ball to Shorey before crossing the boundary line made this a standout catch.
Hardik Pandya (IPL 2018 vs KXIP)
Mumbai Indians’ Hardik Pandya displayed his fielding skills by taking a remarkable run-diving catch deep down the field to dismiss Glenn Maxwell of Kings XI Punjab, leaving everyone in awe with his efforts.
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These moments highlight the exceptional fielding standards in the IPL and how crucial a role fielding plays in the outcome of the game. The sheer athleticism and presence of mind exhibited in these catches have not only changed the course of matches but have also added to the excitement and thrill that the IPL is known for.