Jan 22, 2014
When Corey Anderson came in to bat against India at the ODI at Seddon Park on Wednesday, spectators gave a loud cheer as to expecting a dozen of sixes aimed at them in the stands.
NZD 100,000 was at stake during that particular match for anyone who could manage to take a one-handed catch in the stands and it was Jatinder Singh who won the reward after taking a spectacular catch off an Anderson six off Ishant Sharma in the 38th over of the game,reported the New Zealand Herald.
Jatinder has become the second man to win $100,000 after Michael Morton had won the prize two weeks prior to this incident on January 8, as he similarly caught a spectacular attempt, after Kieran Powell had hit one into the stands, during the final ODI match between New Zealand and the West Indies.
Jatinder was mobbed by ecstatic spectators and was the focus of all TV cameras in the stadium after completing the catch with his right hand near the long-on fence embankment .
Beer brand Tui had put up a promotional drive during the cricket season this year in New Zealand, which promised $100,000 to any fan who could attempt a one-handed catch.
The ‘Catch-a-Million’ scheme was started by Tui from the December 26 game between New Zealand and the West Indies and extends up to 10 games.
The catch was that spectators needed to be dressed up in the official Tui T-shirt which was sold outside the venue to qualify for the scheme.
Jatinder coincidently was also present during that New Zealand-West Indies game at Seddon Park, when Morton won the prize first time around.
Jatinder, whose father owns a farm at Te Aroha near Hamilton, while his mother is a housewife, was given a rousing applause by the crowd after completing the catch.
Even unknown people went up and shook hands with the youngster which left him beaming with pride.
“To be honest, I got up and didn’t think it was going to make it as far as me. I thought it was going to land short, so then I sort of gave up on it, and then it kept going and next thing I know it was in my right hand. Really, it happened so fast. I started jumping up and down, that’s not me. Normally I am quite reserved,” Jatinder was quoted as saying by The Indian Express .
“I was sort of buzzing a little bit, waiting for the confirmation. Someone said it may take up to 24 hours, thank goodness I came in two hours…I have no idea what I’ll do with this money. Maybe a new car. I am sick of my car. Maybe I’ll also pay my students loan with that. But honestly I have no idea,” said Jatinder who is a management student at Waikato University.
“I came to the West Indies game. I went to the official merchandise store and they had only one T-shirt left. I think I might have pushed someone to grab that last shirt. As soon as I got up there in the stands, some guy caught it. I said I can’t win today, what we can do is hope. I came again today. Here it is, one-hundred-thousand dollars,” added Jatinder.
Jatinder, who saw sixes being hit in each corner of the ground had earlier suggested to his friend that they change places with hopes of grabbing a catch, but now feels that he was lucky enough to stay put.
“He said, nah, we’re good here”, reminisces Jatinder who now intends to take his friend out for a drink.
“I should have thanked Corey actually. I do owe him a lot. And I owe a lot to the bowler as well. So thank you, Ishant Sharma,” said Jatinder who feels indebted to Anderson and Sharma for helping him win the prize.
The Catch-a-Million scheme has proved out to be a major hit, with the orange Tui T-shirt clad fans giving the impression of an India-Netherlands game taking place in Napier and Hamilton.
Apart from these two successful catches there have been misses as well, with one spectator, despite taking a one-handed catch at Napier on Sunday, missing out on the grand prize, due to the sole reason of him not bothering to spend $30 for an orange Tui T-shirt.
Also on cricketcountry.com