‘I have seen him drop absolute sitters’ – Robin Uthappa recalls Sreesanth’s catch that won India 2007 T20 World Cup

Sreesanth wasn’t a great catcher, based on Uthappa.

Sreesanth catch
Sreesanth catch. (Photograph Supply: Twitter)

Again in 2007, when the inaugural T20 World Cup passed off, nobody had given India an opportunity. Firstly, the crew was nonetheless reviving after their group stage elimination on the 50 overs World Cup, which occurred simply months again. Secondly, that they had a brand new captain and the senior gamers weren’t round. And lastly, the crew had performed just one T20I earlier than that.

Nevertheless, India shocked everybody by profitable that trophy. It was a fairytale story for an Indian fan. The MS Dhoni-led crew beat Pakistan within the remaining by simply 5 runs. It’s nonetheless a query – why did Misbah-ul-Haq attempt to play the news shot along with his aspect needing simply six runs from 4 balls? Nevertheless, the person who took the catch, S Sreesanth registered himself within the historical past books endlessly. His teammate from the World Cup-winning aspect, Robin Uthappa opened up lately concerning the catch.

Speaking concerning the final levels of the well-known match, the right-handed batsman stated that he stored praying after the 15th over for a victory. Uthappa revealed that even when Misbah hit the second ball for a six over the past over, he was nonetheless backing his crew to get by with a win.

Nothing however future gained us that World Cup: Robin Uthappa

“Firstly of the over, I used to be at long-on. I bear in mind Jogi bowling a large on the primary ball and I used to be like ‘man!’ I used to be praying. Each ball, from 15th over onwards, I used to be simply praying ‘simply get us by’. He bowled a large first ball, and I used to be like ‘okay, let it not go for a six now’. Then he bought hit for a six. And I used to be like, ‘come on, we will nonetheless do that’. Even in that scenario, Pakistan had all of the momentum going their manner, I used to be backing our crew,” Uthappa stated throughout BBC’s Doosra Podcast.

Recalling the well-known catch by Sreesanth, the Rajasthan Royals batsman stated that the fast-bowler was recognized to drop some catches in the course of the coaching classes. He defined that he has seen the pacer drop some very easy catches.

“Misbah hit a scoop shot, and I noticed it going fairly excessive. I observed that it wasn’t going actually far. Then I noticed who the fielder at brief fine-leg was, and I noticed it was Sreesanth. By that time, inside the crew, he was recognized for dropping catches, particularly the best ones. I’ve seen him drop absolute sitters,” Uthappa additional stated.

The batsman, who performs for Kerala now, additionally stated that the pacer simply one way or the other managed to carry on to the ball. He identified that Sree was nonetheless wanting up when he caught the ball. In the long run, he additionally revealed that it was future that gained them the trophy.

“As quickly as I noticed Sreesanth, I began working in the direction of the wickets, and I began praying ‘please god, let him maintain on to this one’. In case you take a look at him taking that catch, you may see that when the ball truly entered his arms, he’s wanting up there (laughs). So, I nonetheless really consider it was nothing however future that gained us that World Cup,” he added.

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