New Zealand is a brilliant fielding side and can be a dangerous outfit especially when you are playing against them at home. To counter them the opponent will have to match their brilliance on the field.

India’s Ajinkya Rahane just did that. In India’s tour of New Zealand in 2014, the visitors had just been beaten 4-0 in the One-Day International (ODI) series and needed an inspiring display on the field to motivate the rest.

In the first Test at Auckland, Ishant Sharma was in middle of a fiery spell. In the 10th over, Ishant bowled one short outside off-stump; the bowl gathered some extra bounce and Hamish Rutherford punched the ball away from the body. It wasn’t a good shot and flew off a thick edge towards the gully. Rahane stationed there had very little time to react but he dived to his right and pouched the leather.

That moment of intensity lifted the Indian side and soon they reduced the host to 30 for three, before Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson turned things around.

Rahane is one of India’s safest bets when it comes to fielding in the gully region and with him it always seems that he has that extra bit of time to intercept missiles particularly in that area.

India went on to lose the Test by 40 runs.