Former Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar was all praises for Kings XI Punjab’s Nicholas Pooran for his stunning effort against Rajasthan Royals in the ninth match of IPL 2020. Even though Kings XI Punjab lost the clash by four wickets; however, Pooran’s successful attempt at the fence to save a certain maximum was the talk of the night. Following that, Sachin Tendulkar was all praises for Jonty Rhodes.
Jonty Rhodes, who serves as the fielding coach of Kings XI Punjab could not help but stand and hail Nicholas Pooran for his outstanding fielding. It was in the eighth over of the Royals’ innings when Sanju Samson played a pull shot. With the boundaries at the Sharjah Cricket Ground short, it was most likely heading for a six. However, the West Indian cricketer caught the ball; however, knowing he was stepping over the rope, he flicked the ball inside while in the air.
The effort got well-received by Jonty Rhodes, who clapped while sitting at the dugout. At the same time, Sachin Tendulkar took to his official Twitter handle, claiming that is the best save witnessed by him in entire life. The commentators on-air equally commended the brilliance of Pooran. Pooran took one more catch of Robin Uthappa, which was quite an easier one for him near the boundary. The 47-year old rated Jonty Rhodes as the best fielder within the 30-yard circle via Twitter. It is also worth noting that Jonty worked with Sachin during his stint with the Mumbai Indians.
Below is Sachin Tendulkar’s tweet:
Jonty, I was talking about saves on the boundary line.
In your territory (30 yard circle), you were undoubtedly the best! 🙌🏻 https://t.co/tZSq3VL1Y5
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 28, 2020
Rajasthan Royals made a mockery of the score given by Kings XI Punjab to chase down. Mayank Agarwal’s maiden IPL hundred guided KXIP to 223 in only 20 overs. Royals’ skipper Steve Smith came out all guns blazing as did Sanju Samson, who top-score with 85 and earned the man of the match award. However, the game-changer was Rahul Tewatia, who began slowly but turned it around by clattering five sixes in the 17th over delivered by Sheldon Cottrell.