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Five best one-handed catches by Indian fielders

S Samaddar
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One-handed catches are always spectacular to watch
One-handed catches are always spectacular to watch

One-handed catches are almost always exciting since, first of all, they are tough to take and in addition to that, no cricketer is ever trained to take a catch one-handed. A fielder needs to have great reflexes, powers of anticipation, quick thinking and the ability to improvise in order to make a split-second decision and go for a catch one-handed.

Cricket coaches may insist on always going for a catch with both hands, but on the cricket field, during a game, things often turn out differently. It might not always come off, but when it does, a one-handed catch looks quite spectacular.

Over the last two decades or so, Indian fielding has improved by leaps and bounds. Indian fielders have also taken their share of spectacular one-handed catches and here is a look at five of them.

#5 Rahul Dravid v Pakistan, Brisbane, 2000

The Carlton & United tri-series in Australia in 2000 was a forgettable one for India but in the 2nd game of the tournament, Rahul Dravid took a blinder to reduce Pakistan to 71-6 in their pursuit of 196.

India lost the game but that catch was surely the biggest highlight for them. In the 22nd over, Pakistan's dangerous wicket-keeper batsman Moin Khan pulled a delivery from fast bowler Javagal Srinath, and while it looked to be heading for the boundary, no one quite realised what Dravid was up to.

He was stationed at an unorthodox short square leg and dived full length to his right to catch it one-handed. The reaction from Srinath after the catch was completed was a clear indication of how good it really was. 

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