There were many moments in the game between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2020 in Dubai, which made fans go wow. However, there was one by Nicholas Pooran, which seemed to be the best and will remain in the memory of the cricket fans forever.
His attempt even made the God of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar take notice. KXIP fielding coach Jonty Rhodes in a tweet after the match hailed the effort from Nicholas Pooran by saying it was the best save ever.
In the eighth over of the Royals chase, Sanju Samson pulled one off Murugan Ashwin to the deep mid-wicket boundary. It was then that Poorab brought out the best saves in the history of cricket, let alone IPL. he dived full-length and brought the ball back into play saving a six for his team.
Tendulkar praised his effort on Twitter saying ” This is the best save I have seen in my life. Simply incredible!!”.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 27, 2020
Jonty Rhodes hails the acrobatic effort from Nicholas Pooran
Replying to his tweet, Jonty Rhodes said, “When the #godofcricket @sachin_rt says it is, then there really is NO question about it being THE best save, EVER.
Fantastic work by @nicholas_47 who inspired the rest of the @lionsdenkxip fielders to put on 1 of the best defensive fielding displays I have ever seen #proudcoach.”
When the #godofcricket @sachin_rt says it is, then there really is NO question about it being THE best save, EVER. Fantastic work by @nicholas_47 who inspired the rest of the @lionsdenkxip fielders to put on 1 of the best defensive fielding displays I have ever seen #proudcoach https://t.co/tBZoyJ97HJ
— Jonty Rhodes (@JontyRhodes8) September 28, 2020
KXIP ultimately lost the match at the end, in what was arguably the best IPL match ever. However, Pooran’s acrobatic effort on the boundary will set a benchmark for the rest of the fielders who will grace the grounds UAE throughout the season.
A number of records were broken in this match and a number of new records were created. Mayank Agarwal scored his maiden IPL ton, which was matched by a counter-attacking cameo from Rahul Tewatia. This was the highest successful run-chase ever in IPL history.