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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.

Fielders

Country Innings Catches Catches per Inning
Rahul Dravid India 277 200 0.722
Mark Waugh Australia 245 181 0.738
Ricky Ponting Australia 296 178 0.601
Stephen Fleming New Zealand 199 171 0.859
Jaques Kallis South Africa 274 166 0.605
Mahela Jayawardene Srilanka 209 165 0.789
BC Lara West Indies 241 164 0.68
Mark Taylor Australia 197 157 0.796
Allan Border Australia 277 156 0.563
Matthew Hayden Australia 205 128 0.624

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.

Fielder

Country Innings Catches Catches per inning
Mahela Jayawardene Srilanka 326 168 0.515
Mohammad Azharuddin India 332 156 0.469
Ricky Ponting Australia 349 152 0.435
Sachin Tendulkar India 436 134 0.307
Stephen Fleming New Zealand 276 133 0.481
Muttiah Muralitharan Srilanka 337 129 0.382
Allan Border Australia 270 127 0.470
Rahul Dravid India 264 124 0.469
Sanath Jayasuriya Srilanka 440 123 0.279
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.

Fielder

Country Innings Catches Catches/Inning
Ross Taylor New Zealand 37 23 0.62
AB de Villiers South Africa 23 22 0.96
MEK Hussey Australia 27 18 0.67
GC Smith South Africa 31 18 0.58
DJ Hussey Australia 27 16 0.59
J Botha South Africa 26 15 0.58
JP Duminy South Africa 30 15 0.50
Shoaib Malik Pakistan 32 14 0.44
SPD Smith Australia 15 13 0.87
Umar Akmal Pakistan 18 13 0.72

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

Fielder

Country Innings Catches Catches/Inn
Ricky Ponting Australia 39 25 0.641
Sanath Jayasuriya Srilanka 38 18 0.473
Chris Cairns New Zealand 28 16 0.571
Inzamam-ul-Haq Pakistan 34 16 0.470
Brian Lara West Indies 34 16 0.470
Anil Kumble India 18 14 0.777
Steve Waugh Australia 33 14 0.424
PA de Silva Srilanka 35 14 0.400
Carl Hooper West Indies 20 13 0.650
Paul Collingwood England 14 12 0.857

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