DUBAI (AFP) – Nicholas Pooran stunned the cricket world and social media with a gravity-defying piece of fielding to prevent a six on a record-breaking night in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Pooran dived cat-like to grab the ball at full stretch six feet (two metres) over the boundary before twisting in mid-air and backhanding it over the rope a split-second before he hit the ground.
The West Indian's acrobatics to deny Rajasthan Royals batsman Sanju Samson a six weren't enough, however, to stop his Kings XI Punjab side losing to the biggest run chase in IPL history in Sharjah on Sunday (Sept 28).
India cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar called it "the best save I have seen in my life. Simply incredible!!"
His comments prompted Punjab's fielding coach Jonty Rhodes to remark, "Thanks to the #godofcricket".
"(There) really is no question about it being the best save, ever. Fantastic work by @nicholas-47 who inspired the rest of the @lionsdenkxip fielders to put on one of the best defensive fielding displays I have ever seen," he tweeted.
Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen, commentating on television, was blown away by Trinidad-born Pooran's "unbelievable" exploit, which resulted in two runs being taken instead of six.
"No way, no way, no way. That is unbelievable! The save of T20 cricket ever, that is the best I have seen," he said.
The video of the spectacular effort also lit up social media.
"Nicolas Pooran save for the boundary was inhuman extraordinary, he has redefined the human thinking capability, take a bow," said one Twitter user.