‘Catches Win Matches’ seems like a clichéd line in the gentleman’s game but its immense profoundness makes it a beautiful truth. Limited overs made the game quicker, meaning that ‘faster’ players in the XI became an adaption.
Catches were always important, but became ever so crucial. From Kapil’s match winning effort running backwards at Lords to the numerous times Jonty Rhodes was airborne, here we look at some of the best catches in ODIs.
10.Shahid Afridi – England Vs Pakistan Lords 2001.
Marcus Trescothick was playing an innings of his life while England were chasing a tricky 245 in June of 2001 in the Natwest Series. Saqlain Mushtaq was bowling the final over of the game as he was defending just 6 runs. Trescothick batting on 137, played an old fashioned slog, Afridi ran in from deep mid wicket, collided with Shoaib Malik, but judged the catch to perfection , to cap off by celebrating it in his trademark style, Pakistan won the thriller by 3 runs.