Former Proteas batsman Colin Ingram pulled off an epic piece of fielding when he turned out for his Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, the Delhi Capitals on Saturday.
The side from the Indian capital were hosting the Kings XI Punjab at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium when West Indian great Chris Gayle went on a trademark early innings blitz – blasting a 37-ball 69 to get the visitors going.
It would take something really special to move the man-mountain, and it came via the former Warriors captain who was stationed on the deep midwicket boundary.
With the visitors cruising along at 106/3 in the 13th over Gayle launched teenage leg spinner Sandeep Lamichhane for what looked like his sixth maximum of the innings – to go with as many fours – until Ingram leaped to catch the ball as it was about to cross the fence.
Recognising the risk of stepping over the boundary, the 33-year-old was alert enough to see approaching teammate Axar Patel and threw the ball towards his direction, with the Indian allrounder making no mistake in completing the catch to send Gayle packing.
Without further input from the Caribbean colossus, Punjab were unable to get going for the rest of their innings, posting 163/7 in their 20 overs.
Lamicchane and Patel finished with three and two wickets respectively, while Proteas ace Kagiso Rabada contributed with the other two to finish with 2/23 in his four overs.
That total was easily chased down by the Capitals, who won by five wickets.
Ingram’s contribution with the bat was a modest 19 off nine deliveries, with Shreyas Iyer and Shikar Dhawan the standout batsmen with a half century apiece.
The Capitals’ next outing is on Monday against the Rajasthan Royals, while Punjab will be in action on Wednesday against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Watch Colin Ingram and Axar Patel pull off epic relay catch here: