Hi folks! We all have a fancy for statistics, don’t we? Don’t you constantly keep an eye on the ICC rankings to see whether our very own Virat is at the top of the pile among ODI batsmen, or whether Ravindra Jadeja is among the best all-rounders in the world? To satiate our hunger for these statistics, SPORTZWIKI presents to you an all-new section ‘STATS’ in which we would cover the most interesting stats in the cricketing world.
Today, we look at the Top 10 players with maximum catches since last world cup. Fielding – be it catching or ground-fielding is increasingly becoming an factor in deciding the fate of cricket matches in the modern day game. Batting and bowling, if not complemented by fielding, has been known to cost teams, and SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 players with maximum catches since last world cup recognizes those players who have won their teams countless matches with their vital catches. Note that we haven’t included any wicket-keepers in the list for reasons obvious.
10. Mohammad Hafeez
One of the best fielders among the current crop of Pakistani cricketers, stylish batsman Mohammed Hafeez has made his presence felt on the field with 51 catches since the last World Cup in the subcontinent. Hafeez is 10th in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 players with maximum catches since last world cup.
9. Martin Guptill
There are very few players are sharp with their catching as this man from New Zealand is. Guptill has been known to take some beauties on the inner ring as well as on the boundary line, and his 52 catches earns him the 9th spot in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 players with maximum catches since last world cup.
8. Suresh Raina
Undoubtedly one of the best fielders in the world, Suresh Raina’s catching at the cover/extra cover region has established the man from U.P. as one of the safest pair of hands in modern day cricket.
7. Graeme Smith
Graeme Smith does get a few easy catches in the slip region, but the South African skipper is an extremely sharp catcher anywhere else on the field. 56 catches over the last three years proves his credentials as a top fielder in international cricket.
6. Mahela Jayawardene
Much like Graeme Smith, Mahela Jayawardene does add up a few dollies, but Jayawardene’s reflexes in the midwicket region can’t be overlooked. He is 6th in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 players with maximum catches since last world cup with 57 catches.
5. Alastair Cook
57 catches for the England captain too! Cook is known to have one of the safest pairs of hands and is 5th in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 players with maximum catches since last world cup with his sharp catching abilities.
4. Ross Taylor
An extremely safe-catcher, Ross Taylor can field almost anywhere on the cricket field, and still do an excellent job. But what stands out is his catching on the fence, sometimes taking the most sensational of catches.
3. Virat Kohli
The best fielder in the Indian team by a country mile, Virat Kohli’s split-second reflexes at the point region are well documented. And let’s not forget the good work he does at long-on! VK is 3rd in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 players with maximum catches since last world cup with 70 catches.
2. Michael Clarke
The Aussie skipper is not just an outstanding leader with the bat, but an exceptional fielder with 75 catches to his name since the last world cup. ‘Pup’ is 2nd in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 players with maximum catches since last world cup. Talk about leading from the front!
1. Darren Sammy
A few of Darren Sammy’s 96 catches would include some excellent caught-and-bowled’s of his own bowling, ample proof of what an exceptional athlete this man is! 21 catches more than the next best is a staggering record for the West Indian who is the deserved 1st place holder in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 players with maximum catches since last world cup.