SYDNEY, Australia -- Kieron Pollard is regarded as one of the most devastating hitters in world cricket. But it was in the field where the athletic West Indian pulled out a play that will go down as one of the all-time greats seen in the history of the game.
Pollard’s amazing mid-air, one-handed catch to get rid of Glenn Maxwell on the Manuka Oval boundary, while somehow keeping his feet from touching the rope, had to be seen to be believed.
It has become a YouTube sensation
and less than two days after the match the magical moments had received over 225,000 views.
Just as Australia was looking to push the accelerator to the floor, million-dollar man Maxwell – who had recently commanded a seven-figure fee in the Indian Premier League auction – hoisted a lofted shot to the mid-wicket boundary.
At no stage did Pollard look to have any chance of catching it. Not when the white ball was sailing in the air, seemingly heading for the fans on the hill.
What they didn’t realise was that Pollard would use his lengthy 1.96-metre frame to its maximum reach, stretching with one hand to pluck the ball into his big mitt and hang on to it once he hit the ground.
Having the foresight to ensure he didn’t roll over the rope capped off a catch to rival Glenn McGrath’s famous catch in the Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval in 2002.
Maxwell walked off in bemusement, struggling to comprehend how a man of that size could be that agile.
Pollard had earlier demonstrated his quick reflexes with a sharp caught and bowled to get rid of Michael Clarke.
A third and final catch, this one a leaping effort on the boundary to dismiss George Bailey, looked simple compared to his earlier efforts.