At the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Monday night (September 22), first Suresh Raina blazed his way to a 43-ball 90. McCullum, the opener was not far behind, blasting a 49 off 29 as CSK won by 54 runs.
‘Superman’ Brendon McCullum
But, amid the batting fireworks from both sides, the biggest talking point of the contest was McCullum’s sensational six-saving acrobatics at the long-on boundary.
On the third ball of the 16th over bowled by Dwayne Bravo, Dolphins’ Robbie Frylink sent the ball high towards the long-on fence. Ball was heading for a six. However, McCullum, watching the ball closely, pulled off a stunning save and threw the ball back into field of play, keeping the batsmen to two runs.
McCullum back-pedalled, took the catch (ball was over the line) one-handed (right) but lost his balance and crossed the boundary rope. However, before going over the line, he, almost parallel to the ground, airborne, threw the ball back into the field of play and landed on his left arm. He was quick to be back on his feet and sent the ball towards to the pitch.
Ravindra Jadeja, who was near McCullum, was the first to congratulate him, by hugging, on this great effort. Over 15,000 spectators too joined to salute the 32-year-old.
Then, the video went viral, drawing reactions from all over the globe.
It was an unbelievable piece of fielding, to be remembered for a long time. It was a near Fosbury Flop (a style used in high jump, perfected by Dick Fosbury of USA, first in 1965) moment.
Soon after this, cricket fans on social media were busy praising the New Zealander. Even cricketers like Dale Steyn and Ravi Bopara were quick to appreciate this brilliant effort.
While Raina won the “Man-of-the-match” award, McCullum was clearly the “Superman-of-the-match”.