Suryakumar Yadav gets emotional about unbelievable catch in T20 World Cup final, says it is 'God's plan'


Suryakumar Yadav created a game-changing moment in the final over of the T20 World Cup when he took a brilliant catch on the boundary line to dismiss the dangerous David Miller. Miller's dismissal proved to be crucial for the team as Miller was the last recognised batsman in the South African lineup, and the team still needed 16 runs to win from the next five balls.

Suryakumar Yadav of India catches David Miller of South Africa during the final cricket match of the ICC Men's Twenty20 World Cup 2024 between India and South Africa. (AFP)

Speaking about his brilliant catch in the final, Suryakumar Yadav called it “God's plan”. The Mumbai cricketer did not downplay his contribution to India's win and said he was “grateful” to play his part in the victory.

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Suryakumar said, “I am grateful to be a part of that moment of doing something special for the country… it was God's plan.” PTI When asked about the catch that became the most notable moment of the game.

With 16 needed off the final over, South Africa's hopes rested on big-hitter Miller. As the Proteas left-hander hit a wide full toss off Hardik Pandya towards the boundary, Suryakumar displayed a brilliant display of athleticism and awareness. Balancing himself on the ropes, Suryakumar caught the ball, released it as it crossed the boundary, and then came back to complete a stunning catch.

Sky's 'Kapil Dev' moment

For many cricket fans, this moment is reminiscent of Kapil Dev's brilliant catch against the West Indies in the 1983 World Cup final. Kapil showed great judgement as he ran in from mid-on to take the top edge off the great Viv Richards off Madan Lal.

On Saturday, the 33-year-old Suryakumar ensured that his name too will go down in cricketing history, with Indian fans remembering the dramatic finish in Bridgetown fondly.

Earlier, the equation was 30 runs needed from the same number of balls, but South Africa suffered a similar defeat as their previous loss in the knock-out round. Hardik Pandya triggered the collapse by dismissing Heinrich Klaasen for 52. Chasing a target of 177 runs, the Proteas lost four wickets for just 17 runs, ending their innings at 169/8.

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