This year's Cricket World Cup was opened in London on Thursday, with host England against South Africa. That's where the all-rounder from England, Ben Stokes, made this spectacular catch back as he ran to the limit to fire batter Andile Phehlukwayo, which the commentator described as "one of the greatest catches of all time":
This moment of brilliance culminated a general stellar performance by Stokes, who batted 89 runs of 79 balls to help England to 311-8 in the first innings. He continued his superhuman capture by taking two South African windows in consecutive balls. (If you need a review of what something means in those last two sentences, Deadspin once published this extremely useful guide).
Cricket has the reputation of being a long and somewhat boring game, but World Cup matches are played in the One-Day International format, a limited form of sport designed to produce moments of magic and intense emotion like this one. A few years ago I spent a week in India watching the cricket with my elderly uncle grandfather, to rest in peace, which evidently made me more qualified than any other member of Deadspin to write this blog. It's a fun game when you understand what is happening. It's especially fun when you have an irate and elderly man who tells you how to react to what is happening.
The Cricket World Cup will run until July 14, so now is a good time to go over the rules and learn why you should appreciate stokes capture more.
H / t to Christoffer