Te Aroha's Jatinder Singh says he owes his mate Dexter plenty of beer after winning $100,000 in the Tui crowd catch promotion in Hamilton tonight.
The 23-year-old Singh claimed the prize after clasping a huge six from Corey Anderson during the Black Caps versus India second one-day international at Seddon Park.
The promotion requires punters to purchase a Tui t-shirt and lanyard and take a clean one-handed catch during any of the international limited overs matches this summer, with the first person to do so at each game winning the money.
Seddon Park has proved the lucky venue with Singh the second winner of the competition, following on from Hamilton's Michael Morton who netted himself the cash in the fifth ODI against the West Indies earlier this month.
In the three other ODIs and two Twenty20s against the Windies the prize was not won.
Singh, who used to play cricket for the Te Aroha club before it folded last season due to a lack of players, was at that game and incredibly bought the last available t-shirt before Morton's heroics happened just minutes later.
Tonight he was rewarded for his persistence thanks to Dexter, who convinced him to sit in their spot high on the bank and a bit straighter than where Singh had wanted to sit.
But late in the first innings, they were in exactly the right possie, when Anderson smashed paceman Ishant Sharma onto the embankment.
"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," Singh said.
"It was just unbelievable timing.
"I was just jumping up and down. That's not me, I'm usually quite reserved. It's just unbelievable really."
Singh, whose mum was born in India and where he has been once, said the timing of winning the money couldn't have been better as he was about to graduate from the University of Waikato with his management degree and go on a job search.
His initial spending thoughts were on buying a new vehicle, perhaps a ute, to replace his old Nissan Sunny.
Singh faced a nervous time when Tui had 24 hours to review the footage to see if he was in fact wearing a lanyard, however, an hour or so later he was given the all-clear.
"I don't know how it got inside my shirt, but some guy put his hand down my shirt, 'I was like what are you doing' but he was actually helping me out by pulling my lanyard out," he said.
Singh said he was going to make a big night of it and continue to enjoy a few more beers.
He ruled out heading to Auckland on Saturday to try his luck again in the third ODI, but he does like the t-shirt and will be back for the fourth ODI in Hamilton next Tuesday.
"It'd be a bit selfish to have another go I think, I'll let someone else have a go. But I'll come to the next game in Hamilton, I'm a big cricket fan."
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