The opening day of the 2019 Cricket World Cup was a memorable one for England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who not only caught headlines in his side’s convincing win over South Africa, but also pulled off a stunner of a catch.
The host nation opened their campaign with a convincing 104-run victory, as the Proteas plodded along to 207-all-out in pursuit of England’s 311.
This after Stokes starred with the bat, smashing 89 off 79 balls and registering impressive bowling figures of 2/12.
But what stunned the crowd the most was a superb catch to dismiss Andile Phehlukwayo off the bowling of Adil Rashid.
With the Proteas already in trouble at 180/6, Phehlukwayo made good contact with the ball sending it towards the deep midwicket boundary, where Stokes was stationed.
He looked to have mistimed his jump, but stuck out a hand for a superb catch.
Speaking after the game, Stokes said the catch wasn’t even the best he’s ever taken.
“I was actually in the wrong position. It would have been a regulation catch if I was in the right place, but yeah it is one of those that sticks or doesn’t,” Stokes said.
“I bowled the next over and Eoin Morgan had to come to me and ask if my heart rate had gone down. Things like that catch do get you fizzed up.
“I didn’t really know quite hard to react to be honest. I just tried to take it in.”