A security guard at Adelaide Oval has become an internet sensation after taking a classic catch during last Wednesday night’s Big Bash League game between the Adelaide Strikers and the Brisbane Heat.
“The ball came straight near to my face and I just caught it,” Mr Chhikara said.
“It seemed easy because it came straight to me, I didn’t have to move in inch.
“I just put my hands like we used to catch in the fields when I used to play cricket.”
He said he was shocked by all the attention.
“I didn’t realise anything special happened. I just passed the ball back to the fielder and got on with the job.”
Watch the classic catch:
The catch was replayed on the Adelaide Oval’s big screens many times, to the delight of the 38,000-strong crowd.
“I missed it the first time because I was not concentrating, it was the end of the over and we have to stand up and look at the crowd,” he said.
“The second time I noticed like, ‘yeah, they put me on there’. I was stunned.”
Mr Chhikara grew up playing cricket in India.
But he said last night’s catch was more to do with reflexes then any training.
“I used to play … but then moved 10 years back away from India, but I used to play even a couple of seasons out here on hard wickets,” he said.
Either you’re going to be hit on your body or face, or you’re going to get your hands to catch it, and it’s been in my hands, so it was more reflexes
He says his family has now all seen the vision on the internet.