England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been credited with pulling off one of the 'greatest catches of all time' as he single-handedly pulled an Andile Phehlukwayo drive out of the air during his side's win against South Africa.
Phehlukwayo appeared to have secured a six for South Africa with a deep midwicket drive but Stokes, who later admitted he was out of position, acrobatically dived backwards and claimed the ball to a roar of a approval from those in attendance at The Oval.
Nasser Hussain, the former England captain who was on commentary duty for UK broadcaster Sky Sports, hailed the catch as among the best in the history of the sport.
"One of the greatest catches of all time"
Sensational take by Ben Stokes in the deep as the ball appears destined for the boundary
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) May 30, 2019
"No way! No, no way! You cannot do that Ben Stokes!", Hussain said incredulously. "That is remarkable, that is one of the greatest catches of all time! You cannot do that."
Another former England player, Phil Tufnell, hailed it as the "catch of the century" while ex-Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara said, "It is unbelievable stuff. You have to see it to believe it. It has happened too quick for everyone here. It was travelling but it is the best I have seen for a long time."
First day of the World Cup and we might have seen the catch of the tournament! #BenStokes
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 30, 2019
The online reaction has been just as enthusiastic. Several fans have hailed Stokes' catch as among the best they've ever seen, with some fans even drawing comparisons to the famous one-handed catch by Odell Beckham Jr. several NFL seasons ago.
Speaking to the media after the game, Stokes said that he was forced to pull off the almost impossible catch because his positioning had let him down at the beginning of the play.
"I had a little bit of a panic on, to be honest," Stokes admitted to Sky Sports. "I was a little bit furtherRead More – Source