Even PM Modi was surprised by Suryakumar Yadav’s catch which changed the match, now the star batsman told the whole story

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While PM Modi initially seemed surprised that Suryakumar had actually practised taking such catches, the champion team’s head coach Rahul Dravid quipped by saying that Suryakumar had actually taken 150-160 such catches before the final.

Suryakumar Yadav’s catch near the boundary in the India vs South Africa T20 World Cup Final in Barbados will be talked about for ages. While Hardik had bowled a low full toss outside off, David Miller, the Proteas’ last batsman on strike, attacked the ball with 16 runs needed from 6 balls. It seemed Miller had hit it big enough to cross the boundary and get six runs. However, it was not to be.

As it turned out, showcasing his best athleticism, Suryakumar first tossed the ball and then threw the ball in the air as he realised the momentum might take him across the ropes before coming back and taking the catch. In the heat of the moment and under immense pressure, Suryakumar’s catch tilted the balance of the match in India’s favour and eventually the Men in Blue won the match. The catch was also mentioned during Team India’s interactive session with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

While PM Modi initially seemed surprised that Suryakumar had actually practised catching such catches, the champion team’s head coach Rahul Dravid quipped by saying that Suryakumar had actually taken 150-160 such catches before the final. After Dravid revealed the number of catches taken by the player during practice, Suryakumar told PM Modi during the conversation, ‘I had practised such catches since the beginning of the tournament and even before that while returning after the IPL. But I did not know then that God would give me such an opportunity in the final. But I had practised such catches before as well which helped me stay calm when the situation arose.’

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