England paceman Chris Jordan has sent the cricket world into a frenzy with his “phenomenal” fielding effort in the fifth T20 against India on Saturday evening.
India was 1/143 in the 14th over when No. 3 batsman Suryakumar Yadav looked to attack England spinner Adil Rashid.
The right-hander slapped a full delivery towards the long on boundary, where Jordan sprinted along the boundary rope.
The 32-year-old extended his right arm, and the ball remarkably stuck in his hand.
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While still running along the rope, Jordan flicked the pill towards teammate Jason Roy, who could only laugh as he completed the catch.
Ironically, the catch will be attributed to Roy in the official scorecard, meaning history books will have no record of Jordan’s feat.
And due to COVID-19 protocols, there were no spectators at the venue to witness the “stunning” moment.
Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle tweeted: “A great fielder, Chris Jordan, has just made a very tough chance look ridiculously easy. And it won’t even go against his name in the scorecard!”
Former England spin bowler Monty Panesar posted: “That was unbelievable. How do you do that? Chris Jordan you are absolute freak.”
It certainly wasn’t Jordan’s first memorable fielding moment in the T20 format — he pulled off an unforgettable diving catch during a Big Bash fixture last summer.
England captain Eoin Morgan said after the match: “It is a joy to watch (Jordan) and it takes the experience to a whole new level for fans.”
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma powered India to their largest T20 score against England as they clinched the series 3-2 with a convincing 36-run win at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium.
India skipper Kohli hit an unbeaten 80 and shared an opening stand of 94 with Sharma, who made a blistering 64, as India reached 224/2 in front of empty stands.
After losing opening batsman Roy on the second ball of the innings, England No. 3 Dawid Malan made 68 and Jos Buttler smacked 52 off 34 deliveries.
But the visitors ultimately could not keep up the chase and finished on 188/8.
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Indian seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who bowled Roy for a duck, returned magnificent figures of 2/15 to be named man of the match.
The win was an important confidence boost for India before they host the T20 World Cup in October.
Kohli said the result showed what India, just behind top-ranked England in the ICC T20 rankings, can do when they are “firing”.
“I think it was a complete game for us, totally outplayed the opposition even with so much dew coming in,” Kohli said
“Tonight it was classic Rohit Sharma; the way he bats.
“At the top of the order if he can play like that more regularly, freely and not worry about playing through to 15-16 overs, it’s going to be a lot of damage for the opposition.”
England captain Eoin Morgan admitted: “India outplayed us in the big moments of the game.”
The teams will next play three ODI fixtures in Pune later this month.
— with AFP