Leading Fielders in Test-ODI-T20 and World Cup Cricket-Cricket records
Leading fielders in test cricket-Cricket records
Fielders in cricket act as crouching tigers, who are always prepared to capitalize on any chance that comes their way whether it’s in the form of a catch or an opportunity for a run out. Test cricket has seen some good catches taken by a number of players. Amongst them, Indian cricket star Rahul Dravid stands on top of the list being the leading catch takers in test cricket. Dravid took 200 catches in 277 innings at a catches per inning rate of 0.722. Furthermore, the best catch per inning rate goes to Bob Simpson, a great all-rounder Australian cricket has ever seen. Bob Simpson took 110 catches in 117 innings at a catches per inning rate of 0.94. Following is the list of leading best fielders in test cricket.
|Country||Innings||Catches||Catches per Inning|
|Stephen Fleming||New Zealand||199||171||0.859|
|Jaques Kallis||South Africa||274||166||0.605|
|BC Lara||West Indies||241||164||0.68|
Leading fielders in ODIs-Cricket records
Keeping a hawk’s eye on the ball is the key to a successful catch in cricket especially in limited overs cricket where the result of the match comes in few hours. One Day International cricket is full of some great catches, which led many cricketing nations to win the matches or even the ODI series.
Leading catches taker in ODIs is Srilanka’s Mahela Jayawardene, who has caught 168 batsmen in 368 innings, translating into a catches per inning ratio of 0. 515. Whereas, Michael Hussey of Australia has the best catches per inning ratio in the history of ODIs, which is 0.563. Following is the list of leading best fielders in ODIs.
|Country||Innings||Catches||Catches per inning|
|Stephen Fleming||New Zealand||276||133||0.481|
|Carl Hooper||West Indies||225||120||0.533|
Leading fielders in T20 Internationals-Cricket records
The importance of fielding has a great role in a T20 match as there is very less time to respond to any eventuality whether it’s an opportunity of a run out or a catch. Catches, if taken, can turn the tables in favor of a team or if a catch is dropped, the situation can be vice versa. In a 20 overs match, everything is on fire; it’s a game of nerves rather than enthusiasm. There are examples when fielders playing under pressure lost their nerves and dropped even the easiest of catches. However, a few cricketers have managed to portray their supreme quality in the ground by taking good catches in T20 Internationals. Fore mentioned is the list of leading catch takers in T20 Internationals.
|Ross Taylor||New Zealand||37||23||0.62|
|AB de Villiers||South Africa||23||22||0.96|
|GC Smith||South Africa||31||18||0.58|
|J Botha||South Africa||26||15||0.58|
|JP Duminy||South Africa||30||15||0.50|
Leading fielders in Cricket World Cups
‘You’ve just dropped the World Cup, mate!’ said Australian captain Steve Waugh to Herschelle Gibbs of South Africa, who dropped the catch of the Aussies’ skipper in the semi final of 1999 Cricket World Cup.
Catches play an important role. If dropped, they can let the opponents win, however; if taken, on right time and place; they can even make your day. The leading catches taker in World Cups to date is Ricky Ponting who has taken 25 catches in 39 innings, ensuing in a catches per inning ratio of 0.64. However, on account of the best catches per inning ratio, Anil Kumble of India stands tall with 0.86. Following is the list of leading catchers/fielders in Cricket World Cup
|Chris Cairns||New Zealand||28||16||0.571|
|Brian Lara||West Indies||34||16||0.470|
|PA de Silva||Srilanka||35||14||0.400|
|Carl Hooper||West Indies||20||13||0.650|