IPL is known for its twists and turns and it was an amazing news for Jagadeesha Suchith who not only got to play for his team SunRisers Hyderabad even though he was not in the final XI but also gained appreciation for his great fielding.
With his stunning almost flying one-handed catch on Saturday, Suchith sent off Punjab Kings’ Deepak Hooda.
“It was a stunner”. Super Suchith takes a stunner”, the fans reacted on social media. Suchith got the award (not the Player of the match award) of Rs 1,00,000 for this splendid catch.
A screen grab of Suchith's catch to dismiss Deepak Hooda
However, according to his first club coach L. Prasantha, Suchith was not a good fielder at all. “When he came to play for our Jawahar Sports Club in Bengaluru, he was not a good fielder”, he says, adding, “He was not a T-20 player when he came to our club some years ago. However, he worked very hard to improve his fielding. He utilised his skill and strength to become a good fielder in all formats of the game. Whenever he is on the field he can easily save 20-25 runs. He is a good catcher and good thrower to run out the batter.”
Suchith later joined Vultures Cricket Club, where his coach Ranjan Manual describes his fielding as “astonishing”. “Suchith always had an impact on the field-in all three disciplines. He is often winning us matches with the bat, ball and his fielding. His anticipation is extraordinary. And a rarity is that he pulls off catches and run outs from possibly all positions on the field. He has taken astonishing catches even of his own bowling that has left us awestruck. He is always contributing in one or the other way,” the coach signed off.