Construction worker's gem of a catch

Construction worker's gem of a catch

Taging a short break from work to watch cricket can be rewarding - as Mr Saravanan Sankar found out.

The Indian construction worker, who is working on the new National Gallery Singapore, found himself the proud owner of a 0.605 carat champagne diamond on Wednesday.

The diamond was a prize catch - literally - after the Chennai native caught a six during the final of the Singapore Cricket Club's International Twenty20 tournament at the Padang on Sunday. A six is the equivalent of a home run in baseball.

Organisers had promised that the first spectator to catch a six in the final would get the diamond, which was sponsored by Black Key Diamonds Singapore.

The match, pitting India's Madras Cricket Club against Sri Lanka's Singhalese Sports Club, was already a treat for Mr Saravanan, who is a big Madras fan.

Said Mr Saravanan, 25, who has been working in Singapore for four years: "I like to go and watch the cricket being played at the Padang. I was there as my favourite team was playing in the final. I love cricket and consider myself a good all-rounder."

Despite having about 50 others around him on Sunday, he caught the ball and earned himself the $1,250 precious stone.

"I just got up and caught the ball; it was easy. I will give the diamond to my mother back in India. She will be very happy."

Mr Saravanan's effort was lauded by Black Key Diamonds Singapore managing director Dustin Yates. "He had to be brilliant to catch a six. Hence the brilliance of a diamond was the perfect prize for the deserving spectator."

This article was first published on August 30, 2014.
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