Was South Africa Robbed Of T20 World Cup? SKY catch sparks controversy

In a thrilling clash, Team India lifted their first T20 World Cup trophy in 17 years. Also, this is their first World Cup title in 13 years and a maiden ICC trophy after 11 years. Despite Team India defeating South Africa to win the T20 World Cup 2024 trophy at the Kensington Oval, Barbados, on 29th June (Saturday), several doubts were raised about their victory because of Suryakumar Yadav’s last-over catch.

SKY’s catch drew comparisons with an iconic moment of Kapil Dev in the 1983 World Cup, but few others on social media speculate that the 33-year-old’s shoe had touched the boundary ropes. 

The South Africans were well set for a stunning win until India’s late-game recoveries restricted them by just 7 runs in a last-over thriller of the match.

Especially, the last over bowled by Hardik Pandya was filled with immense drama and action that marked many twists and turns of the final match.

Let’s find out what happened during the 20th over of the match and how Suryakumar’s spectacular catch paved the way for unexpected controversies after Team India added an ICC silverware trophy under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy.

Hardik Pandya’s Last Over and Suryakumar Yadav’s Catch: A Game-Changing Moment in T20 World Cup 2024 Finals

South Africa needed to score 16 runs in the last over bowled by Hardik Pandya. David Miller, who is one of the most dangerous South African chasing batters was on strike and struck a full toss for a six in a straight direction. But Suryakumar Yadav grabbed the most valuable catch of his life, which was regarded as the Super Catch of the T20 World Cup.

The ball almost seemed certain to sail over the boundary ropes. However, Suryakumar’s running catch ensured David Miller’s dismissal and shattered South Africa’s hopes of winning their first World Cup trophy.  Suryakumar gripped the ball and ensured that his feet didn’t touch the boundary ropes by going above it, jumping back again out of the ropes, and catching the ball, which helped Team India win the match.

The third umpire, Richard Kettleborough, had an instant view of the replay in the slow match and declared that the catch was completely legal, which concluded David Miller’s innings in the first ball of the 20th over after scoring a 17-ball-21 knock (including a four and six).

Moments after India was crowned as the defending champions, a new controversy fueled on social media with a few set of users pointing out that Suryakumar’s shoe touched the boundary ropes while taking David Miller’s catch. Moreover, the boundary ropes seemed to be pushed back before taking the catch.

ICC’s Playing Conditions about the Boundary Ropes:

According to ICC’s playing conditions, if any solid tool is to represent a boundary and if it is displaced for any reason, then the boundary is considered at its default position, and the delivery is a dead ball.

Did Suryakumar Yadav come in contact with the boundary rope while taking David Miller’s?

There isn’t any valid proof that Suryakumar Yadav’s shoes touched the boundary ropes while grabbing David Miller’s catch during the 20th over. But, SKY exhibited a brilliant presence of mind by taking the running catch and throwing it in the air before stepping inside the boundary ropes and returning outside to take a magnificent catch.

Ultimately, there isn’t a doubt that Suryakumar Yadav’s catch will always remain one of the greatest in cricket history, especially during the last over that helped India secure a historic victory.

Kapil Dev’s Fantastic Catch in the 1983 World Cup?

On 25th June 1983, Kapil Dev took a winning catch against the West Indies in the World Cup finals. The Indian captain showed great leadership skills and calmness to have a grip on the ball to dismiss the Caribbean’s legendary batter, Sir Viv Richards in Madan Lal’s over.

Under Kapil Dev’s captaincy, the Indian cricket team clinched their maiden trophy by concluding West Indies’ hopes of achieving a hattrick of World Cup wins.

Greatest Catches in Cricket History: Kapil Dev and Suryakumar Yadav

Fans started showering praises on social media for the two catches by Kapil Dev (in 1983) and Suryakumar Yadav’s (2024) running catches have created a history and will remain lasting for generations to come.

Recap of India’s Historic Victory in T20 World Cup 2024 Finals: Conclusive Facts

Team India posted a total of 176-7 in 20 overs after winning the toss and deciding to bat first. Virat Kohli, who was named the player of the match, finally found his form and came to the team’s rescue with his exceptional 76-ball-59 runs by smashing 6 fours and 2 sixes at a strike rate of 128.81. Additionally, the superior bowling performance from Jasprit Bumrah, Arshdeep Singh, and Hardik Pandya guided India to triumph over South Africa in a fiercely competitive final match at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown in Barbados

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