Ravindra Jadeja pulls off epic one-handed catch against New Zealand


India’s Ravindra Jadeja pulled off a stunning aerial catch on day two of the second Test between India and New Zealand.

Jadeja brilliantly took a one-handed catch in mid-air to end the New Zealand partnership of Kyle Jamieson and Wagner.

It was Wagner’s well-timed hit which looked destined to reach the boundary, before Jadeja’s perfect leap and catch stunned everyone at the Hagley Oval ground in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The catch will surely go down as one of the greatest in the sport’s history. No one in the ground could have expected what they were about to witness, which was a moment of pure genius from the 31-year-old cricketer.

Following the catch, Twitter rightly reacted with disbelief. Some users referred to Jadeja’s catch as ‘indescribable’, while others simply called the Indian the best fielder in the world.

During the break, Jadeja described the catch in an interview. He said: “I was expecting him [Wagner] to score towards deep square leg.

"But I didn’t expect the ball to come at that pace. It came so quickly with the wind and I just stuck my hand out. I didn’t even realise when I took the catch.”

Jadeja may be putting some of the catch to luck, but his skill and athleticism deserve to be recognised in this astonishing feat.

"His catch helped India to stop the batting partnership of Jamieson and Wagner, although India’s batsmen have struggled in Christchurch.

The Kiwis had a slight lead after their first turn at the crease, but the visitors’ hopes of setting a strong innings target were reduced as they lost several players cheaply.

India are currently top of the ICC World Test Championship points table, although they lost the first Test in Wellington by ten wickets.

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