Fielding is an indispensable part of cricket. A good fielder can turn the match around at any time. A batsman may score runs or may not, a bowler may take a wicket or not, but a good fielder will always save runs and take catches for his team. We have seen many instances in international cricket, where an outstanding catch has won a match by sending the mainstay of a team to the pavilion. Especially in test matches, fielders play huge role cause bowlers are dependent on the slip cordon. The most fascinating trait is most of the players who have taken the most catches in tests are slip fielders. Let’s contemplate the non-wicketkeepers with the most catches in test cricket.
Former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid has taken the most catches in test cricket, 210 catches in 164 matches. Dravid’s reflex is regarded as one of the best in the world. He has barely missed catches in his international career. He had great coordination with the leg spinner Anil Kumble, for Dravid it has been possible for Kumble to take many of his test wickets. Dravid has taken a maximum of 3 catches in an innings.
Mahela Jayawardene is one of the best fielders to ever play the game. He has taken the 2nd most number of catches in the history of test cricket, 205 catches in 149 matches. It was very hard for the ball to escape from Jayawardene. He has grabbed 72 catches in Muttiah Muralitharan’s bowling, which is the most common bowler-fielder combination in the tests. Four catches in an innings was his best fielding performance.
The former South African all-rounder has grabbed the 3rd most number of catches in test cricket history. He has taken 200 catches in 164 matches. Kallis was a complete package on the field, whether it was bowling, batting, or fielding he was good in everything. Kallis was also a slip fielder like other top fielders on this list. He once took 4 catches in an innings of a test match.
Ex Australian world cup winning captain Ricky Ponting has apprehended the 4th most number of catches in tests. He grabbed 196 catches in 168 matches. Ponting was spectacular to watch on the field. He used to fly to take catches like an eagle. The best fielder in cricket history, Jonty Rhodes even reckons him as one of the best fielders of all time. Three catches in an innings was his best fielding show.
Ex Australian batsman Mark Waugh has taken the 5th most number of catches in test cricket, 181 catches in 128 tests. His fielding was as excellent as his batting. He was a gun fielder. Mark Waugh has taken a maximum number of 4 catches in an innings of a test.
Most Catches In Test Cricket
|Player||Matches||Catches||Max Catch (innings)|
|Mahela Jayawardene(Sri Lanka)||149||205||4|
|Jacques Kallis(South Africa)||166||200||4|
|Stephen Fleming(New Zealand)||111||171||5|
|Graeme Smith (South Africa)||117||169||5|
|Brian Lara (West Indies)||131||164||4|