Mohit Sharma backpedals to complete an excellent catch

Mohit Sharma ran backwards to take an amazing catch in the 39th match of the Indian Premier League between Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Titans. He had to run back from mid-on, look over his right shoulder and then stretch full length forward but Mohit judged the steepler to perfection.

Yesterday, Punjab Kings were asked to pull off a herculean feat of chasing down 258 in Mohali, which the franchise couldn’t. The edifice of the gargantuan total posted by Lucknow Super Giants was built on four superb knocks – Marcus Stonis 72(40), Kyle Mayers 54 (24), Ayush Badoni 43 (24) and Nicholas Pooran 45 (19). That amounts to strike rates of 225, 179.17, 180 and 236.84 respectively.

If the numbers alone don’t leave your mind in a tizzy, let’s throw ‘context’ into the fray – only once has a team had a bigger score after 15 overs since the inception of the league and that came in the humdinger where Chris Gayle smashed a colossal 175. Nicholas Pooran walked out to epitomise Lucknow Super Giants’ belligerent approach on the night as he hit three fours off his first three balls faced.