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    Suryakumar Yadav’s stunning boundary-line catch seals India’s T20 World Cup victory

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    SKY soars to snatch victory from jaws of defeat

    In a heart-stopping moment that will go down in history, Suryakumar Yadav showed nerves of steel and extraordinary athleticism to pluck a seemingly impossible catch and secure India's T20 Cup triumph. Chasing a challenging total of 168, South Africa looked well on their way to victory thanks to a batting masterclass from David Miller. However, with just 7 runs needed off the final over, the Indian heroes had other ideas.

    As the ball sailed high into the Barbados sky in the final over, it seemed certain to clear the boundary and tie the match. But Suryakumar had other thoughts, sprinting at full pace from cover and launching himself towards the boundary rope in a bid to reach the ball. With inches to spare, he stretched out an arm and somehow scooped the ball from mid-air, balancing precariously near the ropes. Landing out of bounds, he swiftly regathered himself and jumped back on the field of play, ball safely cradled in his hands.

    The catch drew gasps from the packed stadium as replay showed just how close it was to being given as six runs. But Suryakumar's presence of mind and relentless training had paid off, snatching an unlikely victory from the jaws of defeat. His wide-eyed celebrations said it all – he knew the magnitude of what he had just achieved for his country. In that moment, he had joined an elite club of Indian stars to take a match-defining catch on the biggest stage. Recall Kapil Dev's stunner vs West Indies in 1983 and Sreesanth vs Pakistan in the 2007 – Suryakumar's catch now deserves a place amongst those all-time iconic moments.

    A composed knock earlier in the tournament had shown Suryakumar's class with the bat. But with this catch, he cemented his status as a big match player and true match-winner. Despite injury concerns in the lead up, his prowess on the field was India's trump card. Having hunted in pairs throughout the campaign, the Indian stars combined once more to grasp glory from the jaws of defeat. Suryakumar Yadav – the new Sky-high hero for a new generation of Indian fans.

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