NEW DELHI: If the age old adage of catches winning matches had to come true then it won’t be an understatement to say that Suryakumar Yadav‘s catch in the T20 World Cup final against South Africa won India the trophy.
The final clash at Barbados was on a knife’s edge on Saturday when Suryakumar Yadav took a blinder on the first ball of the last over as India snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
With South Africa needing 16 runs off the last over, Hardik Pandya bowled a low full toss to David Miller who hit it off the toe-end of the bat but it had enough power as the ball flew towards long-off and was going over.
But Surya came running to his left and plucked it out and then juggled it up as he was going over the ropes. Surya had his feet just millimetres away from the boundary line, did well not to step on it, lobbed it back in as he went out, came back in, steadied himself and completed the catch.
India went on to win by 7 runs to end their 11-year ICC trophy drought.
The Indian cricket board (BCCI) shared a video on Tuesday on it’s official X handle where an emotional Suryakumar Yadav expresses himself post the victory in Barbados.
As the team celebrates the victory, Surya with the T20 World Cup medal around his neck, says, “I don’t know what to say right now. It’ll take some time maybe a day or two to sink in, maybe when we land in India, we’ll come to know what has happened. Just living in the moment, enjoying everything right now, with family around.”
Talking about his wife, Surya says, “She’s been keeping me very humble since the start of the tournament, we haven’t spoken about it but yes back of the mind we had that we’ll take this (T20 World Cup medal) and go back home. Very happy with it.”

The victorious Indian cricket team is currently stranded in Barbados after a Category 4 hurricane hit the Caribbean islands, delaying its departure back home by at least another day.