Watch Faf du Plesis and Rossouw take the best catch of 2014
Updated - Nov 24, 2014 5:15 pm
Watch Faf du Plesis and Rossouw take the best catch of 2014: The South African team is known for its good fielding standards and they proved it again in the recently concluded 5th ODI between Australia and South Africa which was won by Australia by 2 wickets.
After posting a competitive total of 280 runs on the board, the South African bowlers had no answers to the aggression shown by Australian opener Aaron Finch who cruised to his 2nd 50+ score of this series. A touch of brilliance was required to get him out. An excellent relay catch involving Rilee Rossouw and Faf Du Plessis did the trick for South Africa, undoing an excellent shot from Aaron Finch which was looking to sail over the boundary. This was a tossed up delivery around off from Robin Peterson, Finch stayed leg-side and lofted it inside out towards long-off. He thought that the ball had enough to clear Faf Du Plessis, who ran across, holding onto it with a reverse cup position of his hands, before throwing it up for Rilee Rossouw, who had run in from deep extra cover as his momentum was taking him back towards the boundary rope.
Nowadays, in modern-day cricket, relay catches are happening quite often but that doesn’t stop such catches from taking our breath away whenever we see them. Athleticism, presence of mind and teamwork are the 3 utmost important things which help in pulling of such spectacular catches.
It was a brilliant bit of teamwork from the duo proving to us once again that yes, cricket is a team game.
Instances of Relay catches which left us mesmerized:
1. Shane Watson and Gerrard Denton in ING Gup, 2003
2. Angelo Mathews and Mahela Jayawardene, 2011 VS Australia
3. Bevan Small and Michael Mason in HRV Twenty20, 2012
4. Ravi Bopara and Tim Phillips in Friends Life T20, 2013
5. Adam Lyth and Aaron Finch in Natwest T20 Blast, 2014
6. Tim Southee and Daryl Mitchell in Champions League T20, 2014
What do you feel,should exceptions be made in the scorecard for catches like these, crediting it to both the fielders involved in the catch?