IPL 2021: Mohammad Nabi breaks unique fielding record during SRH vs MI, beats Sachin Tendulkar, Jacques Kallis

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) star Mohammad Nabi had a field day as he ended up in the IPL record books for his efforts during the game. While the Afghanistan veteran did not have much luck with both bat and ball in hand, he was immaculate in the field, taking five catches, the most by a non-keeper in an IPL game. The previous record was a tie between Sachin Tendulkar and Jacques Kallis, who had caught four each.

SRH allrounder Mohammed Nabi on Friday scripted a unique record by holding onto 5 catches while fielding against Mumbai Indians in the last group stage match of the ongoing IPL 2021. The Afghanistan veteran took catches of MI skipper Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, James Neesham, Krunal Pandya and Nathan Coulter Nile, becoming the first non-keeper to take five catches in an IPL game.

A host of players have previously take four catches in an innings including Sachin Tendulkar and Jacques Kallis, but Nabi become the first fielder to be involved in the dismissal of half a side in the IPL. Amongst wicket-keepers, only Kumar Sangakkara achieved the record, while playing for Deccan Chargers against RCB in 2011.

“As a cricketer, it is difficult sitting on the bench and then being chosen for a game. It was our last match, so the management told me that I am free to play. I tried to bowl economical spells, Mumbai got off to a good start. I got an opportunity, it is tough to play a game after a long time,” said Nabi during a virtual post-match press conference.

“When the catches come, will take it. Grabbing on to the chances is crucial, I focus on my fielding. I took five catches and it was good to take them,” added Nabi.

Overall in T20s. the record stands at seven catches by Sri Lanka wicket-keeper Upul Fernando, who did so in a T20 game in Colombo back in 2005. Among Indians, Aditya Tare has taken six catches in a T20 innings, during Mumbai’s win over Madhya Paresh in the 2019 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Chasing 236 to win, Sunrisers Hyderabad naturally fell short, eventually losing the game by 42 runs. The 2016 champions finished at the bottom of the table, with just three wins all season, and will be looking at a massive reshuffle in the mega auctions. as for Mumbai Indians, the defending champions failed to make it to the knockouts despite their win, falling behind Kolkata Knight Riders on net run-rate.