West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard already had a reputation as one of the most exciting Twenty 20 players in the world.
His huge hitting with the bat and often devastating medium-fast bowling earns him millions each year, whether playing for West Indies, Somerset or the Mumbai Indians in the IPL.
On Monday, however, he showed that it's not just his batting and bowling that makes him worth the money: it's his fielding as well.
Kevon Cooper of the Royal Challengers Bangalore clubbed a shot off the bowling of Harbhajan Sing that looked a nailed-on six all the way.
But the 6'5" Pollard had other ideas, leaping into the air like a gravity-defying NBA star as he raced back, getting a hand to the ball and stopping it clearing the ropes.
He was moving so fast, however, that as he landed it seemed certain that he would topple over the boundary - which would have resulted in Cooper staying in, and claiming his six. Incredibly, Pollard had both the presence of mind and the athletic skill to fling the ball back into the air, allow his momentum to carry him off the pitch momentarily, then dive back on to the field of play to take the catch a second time.
The catch proved critical in the match: Cooper had roared to 61 before getting caught, and losing him put Mumbai on the road to a comfortable 25-run victory.
The IPL - and T20 in general - often witnesses near-miraculous catches, but the sheer speed and height at which Pollard took his means that it stands alone, and is without doubt one of the best in the history of the game.
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