Jonty Rhodes, former South African cricketer and the fielding coach of Kings XI Punjab, was a happy man after having seen Mayank Agarwal’s acrobatic effort at the boundary rope to save an obvious six in the second Super Over against the Mumbai Indians on Sunday.
With both sides ending on a deadlock in the actual game and the first Super-Over, the game went into the second one over shootout, where Chris Jordan was tasked with stopping the duo of Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya.
Jordan was all over the place with his line but he still managed to give nine runs in the first 5 balls before Pollard nearly nailed a six on the last delivery but for Mayank Agarwal to time his jump at the perfect time before throwing the ball back in the field of play, thus saving four runs for his side.
In the end, the 12 runs that MI eventually posted, was chased down easily by KXIP thanks to Chris Gayle’s six and two boundaries from Mayank Agarwal.
‘Great to see under pressure the boys stay calm’- Jonty Rhodes on Mayank Agarwal’s efforts.
Jonty Rhodes was naturally ecstatic with yet another brilliant effort by his fielder, something he revealed is a result of constant practice by the players.
“Yeah, fantastic stuff, I think we’ve spoken about how fielding is especially defending the boundary when you have got a guy like Pollard at the crease. You know the ball is gonna come in the air at pace so great work from Mayank,” Jonty Rhodes said in a video posted on KXIP Twitter.
“It’s something that we practiced, I mean we spent a lot of time with the boundary rope in getting the guys catching the ball, pouncing it back. It’s become a special skill and great to see under pressure the boys stay calm. It always makes you feel good,” he added.
“Arshdeep was backing up. It’s a pity that we couldn’t complete the catch, we could have saved 2 extra runs but hey, I’m the fielding coach so I’m a little bit fussy but great effort.” Rhodes signed off.
Earlier in the tournament, we had seen another insane effort at the boundary by a KXIP fielder in Nicholas Pooran, who defied gravity to throw the ball in the field of play before his feet touch the ground.