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Watch! Nasser Hussain storms his way to Guinness Record books

India Today logo India Today 07-07-2016

Former England captain Nasser Hussain was quite a competitor during his playing days and he remains one even after 12 years into his retirement.

Hussain, egged on by his co-commentator at Sky Sports, Ian Ward, set a new Guinness World Record for the highest catch of a cricket ball earlier this week. The 48-year-old, who was wearing wicketkeeping gloves, was allowed three attempts to latch on to the ball, dropped from a minimum height of 100ft or 31 meters.

The stage was set at the Lord's Cricket Ground for the record attempt. The ball was dropped from a 'BatCam' falling at approximately 120 kmph. Hussain took the catch with ease in his very first attempt.

Not satisfied, Hussain upped the scale and ordered the ball to be dropped from 150ft or 46 meters. This time the ball thudded into his gloves a bit harder but Hussain managed to cling on to the catch, although he writhed in pain afterwards.

As if that was not enough, Hussain asked for the drone to go even higher up to 400ft, the highest that it could go. But the veteran of 96 Tests, who has 107 international catches to his credit, realised very quickly that he had bit off more than he could chew and could not even lay a finger on to the ball in the third attempt.

But nonetheless, Hussain's name did go into the Guinness Record books for catching the ball from a height of 150ft.

"It was great fun to spend the morning attempting to catch cricket balls dropped from a drone at the home of cricket - something I never thought I would do. But I am looking forward to giving my hands a rest and getting back to the commentary box for the upcoming Test match," Hussain told Sky Sports.

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