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Most Catches by a Fielder in Cricket: Test+ODI+T20I Matches

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Fielding stands out as the pivotal element in cricket, playing a decisive role in shaping the course of a match. Even the most formidable bowlers rely heavily on the support of their fielding teammates to make significant breakthroughs. The act of preventing a single run has the potential to alter the entire complexion of a game. A prime example of this impact occurred in the 1999 World Cup when Australia emerged victorious, in part due to a dropped catch by Herschelle Gibbs from South Africa. The significance of fielding was further underscored in the 2019 World Cup when Martin Guptill’s exceptional throw led to the dismissal of MS Dhoni, effectively eliminating India from the tournament. Numerous instances throughout cricket history emphasize that fielding holds equal importance to both bowling and batting. Within the realm of fielding, catching serves as an indispensable aspect of a fielder’s responsibilities.

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In this piece, we will explore the Most Catches in cricket by a Fielder across all formats, identifying the details aspect of a fielder’s responsibilities.

Most Catches in ODI by a Fielder

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PlayersMatchesInningsCatchesCatches/Inn
DPMD Jayawardene (Asia/SL)4484432180.492
RT Ponting (AUS/ICC)3753721600.43
M Azharuddin (IND)3343321560.469
V Kohli (IND)2922891510.522
LRPL Taylor (NZ)2362321420.612
SR Tendulkar (IND)4634561400.307
SP Fleming (ICC/NZ)2802761330.481
JH Kallis (Afr/ICC/SA)3283241310.404
Younis Khan (PAK)2652571300.505
M Muralidaran (Asia/ICC/SL)3503471300.374

Mahela Jayawardene, the former Sri Lankan cricketer renowned for securing the highest number of catches in One Day Internationals (ODIs) as a fielder, stands as the sole player to have amassed over 200 catches in this format. Virat Kohli, the former captain of the Indian cricket team, has joined the ranks of the top 10 catch-takers. Notably, Ross Taylor leads this group with the highest catches per innings ratio of 0.612, followed closely by Virat Kohli at 0.522.

Presently, no other active cricketer has achieved the milestone of 100 or more catches in ODIs. Rohit Sharma (93), Glenn Maxwell (85), Joe Root (85), Steven smith (80) and David Miller (80) are the only other players in the current cohort with 80 or more ODI fielding catches. Jonty Rhodes from South Africa holds the impressive record for the most catches taken in a single ODI innings, securing five catches. Additionally, 44 other players have achieved the feat of taking four catches in a single ODI innings.


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Most Catches in Test Cricket by a Fielder

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PlayersMatchesInningsCatchesCatches/Inn
R Dravid (ICC/IND)1643012100.697
DPMD Jayawardene (SL)1492702050.759
JH Kallis (ICC/SA)1663152000.634
RT Ponting (AUS)1683281960.597
JE Root (ENG)1352561830.714
ME Waugh (AUS)1282451810.738
AN Cook (ENG)1613001750.583
SP Fleming (NZ)1111991710.859
GC Smith (ICC/SA)1172251690.751
SPD Smith (AUS)1021931680.87

Rahul Dravid holds the record for the highest number of catches by a fielder in Test cricket. Renowned for his expertise in slip catching, the former Indian cricketer occasionally took on the role of wicketkeeper in ODIs, but he did not keep wickets in the longest format. All of Dravid’s impressive tally of 210 catches were taken as a fielder. A noteworthy observation from the data reveals that the majority of fielders in the chart are specialized in slip fielding. Joining Dravid in the 200+ Test catches club as fielders are Jayawardene and Jacques Kallis, while Ricky Ponting fell just short, concluding his career with 196 Test catches. The Muralitharan-Jayawardene duo stands out as the most successful bowler-fielder combination in Tests, accounting for 77 caught wickets between them.

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In the current cricket scenario, Australia’s Lyon-Smith and India’s Ashwin-Rahane are notable pairs, boasting 25+ wickets collectively through catches. Among the present-day cricketers, Steve Smith, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Stokes and Joe Root stand as the sole players with 100 or more Test catches to their names.

Most Catches in T20 Internationals by a Fielder

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PlayersMatchesInningsCatchesCatches/Inn
DA Miller (SA/World)114113760.672
MJ Guptill (NZ)122121680.561
GH Dockrell (IRE)125122610.5
RG Sharma (IND)148148580.391
TG Southee (NZ)114113570.504
DA Warner (AUS)9999560.565
Mohammad Nabi (AFG)109109560.513
AJ Finch (AUS)103102500.49
V Kohli (IND)115114500.438
Shoaib Malik (ICC/PAK)124124500.403

David Miller, the foremost wicketkeeper in T20 Internationals, holds the record for reaching the 50-catch milestone as a fielder in the shortest time (72 innings). His position at the top seems secure, given that his closest competitors have already surpassed the 72-inning mark. Notably, a few players have achieved the feat of taking four catches in a single T20I innings, marking the highest number of catches recorded in a T20I match. The comprehensive list of such players can be found here. Ravichandran Ashwin and Suresh Raina form the most prolific bowler-fielder partnership in T20Is, having successfully completed 10 catches together.


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Most Catches in All Formats of Cricket

1997-201565276844040.572
1995-201256071736430.507
2006-202245054635140.642
1995-201451966433840.509
1996-201250957133440.584
2008-202351861631130.504
1994-200839648030650.637
2010-202332241329250.707
2002-201434745429250.643
1988-200237248828940.592
2012-202333845528640.628
1990-200743053728440.528
1978-199442954728340.517
2000-201740850328140.558
1984-200043350926150.512
1989-201366482325640.311
2003-201539450025340.506
2004-201842038824830.639
1999-202148356024030.428
1987-200332941423540.567
1985-200449364222330.347
2009-202236740522240.548
1974-199130841822240.531
1999-201649755022140.401
2001-201730135721840.610
2004-201934945421440.471
1989-199921731021340.687
2006-201825739521230.536
2009-202336946921140.449
2004-201330237521030.560
1996-201036144221040.475
1992-200733947420530.432
1989-201158666820530.306
1992-201149559220330.342
2007-202346251020230.396
1993-200927337219740.529
1991-200749959319440.327
2010-202334743119130.443
1999-201337445618630.407
1995-200842351718230.352
2003-201223132017930.559
2011-202325433817950.529
1996-201222033317440.522
2008-202337045617430.381
1992-200842451717130.330
2011-202126231916830.526
2005-201832233416730.500
1996-201852454316730.307
2011-202319527016650.614
1999-202144647616630.348
1986-199926529316540.563
1983-199631038616540.427
2007-202340043316530.381
2004-201723226016350.626
1975-199635744716330.364
2002-202339655716130.289
2003-202139244216020.361
2004-202129532015830.493
2004-201528739115830.404
2010-202328427815640.561
1976-199221829515630.528
1995-200730837015630.421
2004-201932635915530.431
1997-201544252815530.293
1991-200118523415440.658
2013-202325730115130.501
2008-202341049215030.304
1975-199524333614830.440
1993-200518226014740.565
1994-201545458314620.250
1970-198416123714540.611
1982-199938646014540.315
1990-200840351014520.284
1984-199628837514440.384
1993-200428637314340.383
2000-200620225814240.550
1974-199123633514130.420
2006-202237938614130.365
1992-200329733813950.411
2009-202332838913930.357
1986-200428327013840.511
1984-200340145613840.302
1982-199522027113740.505
2000-201740243113730.317
1986-200131035913530.376
1978-199435645213530.298
1992-200324829113430.460
1984-200346053813230.245
2012-202324524913140.526
2010-202226929713040.437
1971-198723332313040.402
2001-201727634213040.380


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