Sehwag couldn't believe it, called Karthik 'the greatest' in final: Cricketers react to Suryakumar Yadav's brilliant catch

Suryakumar Yadav pulled off a game-changing final over of the T20 World Cup final against South Africa when he took an incredible catch of David Miller off the very first ball, tipping the balance in India's favour. A wide full-toss from Hardik Pandya was hit over the bowler's head by Miller, following which Suryakumar ran from long-off to take the catch, then flicked the ball around as he realised he had to leave the field of play.

Suryakumar Yadav of India catches Kagiso Rabada of South Africa in the final of ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024 (T20 WC Instagram)

His timing was perfect, as he released the ball just in time, then came back into the field of play and caught the ball to help India get a crucial wicket. The moment proved to be decisive as South Africa lost the match by 7 runs, and India won the title for the second time in the tournament's history.

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Veteran former New Zealand cricketer and broadcaster Ian Smith was on-air on the occasion and gave a memorable commentary on Suryakumar's brilliant catch. Smith said on-air, “Unbelievable. Athleticism at its finest.”

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Dinesh Karthik, who was on broadcasting duty during the final, later posted on his official X account and gave his reaction to the catch. Karthik praised Smith's talent on the mic and also praised Suryakumar Yadav.

Karthik wrote, “Ian Smith! If you ever get a big opportunity call him. No one has done it better. The best to call a big opportunity. The emotion in his voice just gives you goosebumps and wasn't that the most amazing catch ever in a final!!!!”

Yuvraj, Sehwag's reaction

Yuvraj Singh also praised the Indian star, while Sehwag called the moment “unbelievable”.

Sehwag wrote, “Two unbelievable things happened in Barbados. I have not forgotten that catch of Surya even today and I am happy that Rahul Dravid won the ICC trophy as a coach.”

BCCI secretary Jay Shah also gave Suryakumar Yadav the Fielder of the Match medal. The fielding coach, who started the practice of awarding the best fielder as an extra motivation during last year's ODI World Cup, praised the Indian team, saying they fielded like a “pack of wolves”.

The Indian fielding coach said, “We talk about taking advantage of the opportunity in big matches… We could not take advantage of the opportunity today but we won.”

“The intensity, camaraderie and resilience we have displayed today and throughout the tournament has been nothing short of extraordinary,” he said.

Dilip said, “We fielded like a pack of wolves, as Rahul Bhai and Rohit keep saying… everyone knew their role, but together we took advantage of every opportunity and left no stone unturned.”

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