Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, IPL 2018
Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan. Photo by: Prashant Bhoot /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Baroda all-rounder Yusuf Pathan might be in a state of melancholy for the team’s defeat at the hands of Goa but he can absolutely take pride in the fact that he took one-handed screamer. The veteran proved that age is just a number as he put on an acrobatic dive to do his duty that sent Goa skipper Darshan Misal packing.

The players went up to Yusuf and congratulated him for his outstanding catch, an effort which certainly deserves a certificate of excellence. Chasing a target of 151 set by Baroda, Goa failed to up the ante from the front losing 3 wickets for 24 runs except for Aditya Kaushik who looked in decent touch and he himself got out for an LBW off Aiti Sheth.

Yusuf Pathan
Yusuf Pathan (Picture Source – The Hindu)

Suyash Prabhudessai was the man for the team as he scored a brilliant half-century. As the overs progressed, Goa needed to get 7 runs off 8 balls and it was when Yusuf Pathan took the catch on the very next ball off Rishi Arothe’s delivery to dismiss the Goa skipper and ultimately, it mounted pressure on the chasing side.

Needing 7 off 7, Goa somehow found a way to brave the mind games and aced the run chase with 2 balls to spare. Thanks to Suyash’s candid 60 off 49 (4 fours, 2 sixes).

Yusuf Pathan
Yusuf Pathan (Getty Images)

Baroda might have won the match but Yusuf Pathan’s catch is one of the best moments. “Is it a bird? No this is @yusuf_pathan Great catch today lala . All ur hard work in pre-season is paying off #hardwork @BCCI @StarSportsIndia,” Irfan Pathan congratulated his brother Yusuf Pathan in his tweet.

Make no mistake, a catch can change the course of the match. It is never a good story to write about when a costly drop turns the match upside down. There were several instances where fielders have taken one-handed screamers which paid rich-dividends to the team’s outcome.

At times, even those best of catches can have no effect at all in case they don’t win the match. Yusuf Pathan’s catch was the best example. Needless to say, it was an extraordinary catch.