Manish Pandey is one of the best fielders to emerge from India. The Karnataka batsman has pulled off some special catches in the domestic circuit, but is often overshadowed by the likes of Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja and others at the international level. However, during the third ODI between India and Australia at Indore’s Holkar Stadium, Pandey finally had his moment under the spotlight when he pulled off a stunning catch near the boundary rope to dismiss Australian wicketkeeper Peter Handscomb.
After a good start, Australia had lost its way in the middle overs after shedding a few good wickets. With Stoinis and Handscomb still in there, the team would have hoped to cross the 300-run mark. But that was not how things turned out. On the fifth ball of the 48th over, Handscomb tried to clear the long boundary.
He smashed Jasprit Bumrah and at one stage, it looked like that he may six runs for it. The ball went high and then started moving downwards and reached near the boundary rope at a good height. It had a 6 written all over it! However, Manish Pandey had a different result in mind. He timed his jump to perfection and held onto the ball, but sensing that he would fall over the rope, he threw the ball into the air, stepped calmly over the boundary, skipped back into the field of play and caught it again with aplomb. No sweat! He made it look ridiculously easy. He thereby probably produced the catch of the series so far. The catch has set Twitter on fire with so many people praising Pandey for pulling it off. Here is the video of the catch and top Twitter reactions:
— Bhuvan Malik (@MalikBhuvan) September 24, 2017
Top catch from Manish Pandey. But how calmly was it done. This Indian side fields really well
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 24, 2017
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) September 24, 2017
— Sanyam Jain (@sanyamsj) September 24, 2017
@im_manishpandey has earned his wage for today’s match already with that spectacular catch
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) September 24, 2017
— Pavithra Kanagaraj (@Pavi_K_Raj_7) September 24, 2017
Excellent catch Manish Pandey..#INDvAUS
— Rangasthalam 1985 (@nagarajsana) September 24, 2017
That’s what this Indian fielding is all about. Outstanding from @im_manishpandey and done with complete poise. Super catch.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) September 24, 2017
Great catch on manish pandey
— Sandeep (@Sandeep06344230) September 24, 2017
Manish Pandey catch of the day ???? pic.twitter.com/vDfHtOywRt
— David Altus (@dpaltus7) September 24, 2017
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) September 24, 2017
— Λɾjun™ (@Arjuu_) September 24, 2017
Batting first, Australia got off to a decent start for the first time in the series. David Warner and Aaron Finch took the side past 50 runs before the former was dismissed by Hardik Pandya. Finch, who took his time initially, went after the bowlers after he got his eye in. The Australian opener scored his 8th ODI century and helped his side to a strong total of 293/6 in 50 overs. Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav picked up two wickets each for the Indian side.