Fielding plays a huge role in having a triumph in a cricket match and a significant aspect of fielding is catching. A catch can single-handedly win a match or a dropped catch can turn a match upside down. So it’s a vital element of the game. There have been few players in the ICC World Cup who have rocked the game with their sensational catching. The two-times World Cup winner, Ricky Ponting is topping the list of the most catches in World Cup by a non-wicket-keeper player with 28 catches in 46 matches. In number two comes the unanticipated name, English captain Joe Root, who has grabbed 20 wickets in just 17 games. The third position is occupied by ex Sri Lankan opener Sanath Jayasuriya, 18 catches in 38 matches. Two Sri Lankans, two Caribbean, a couple of English players have made the cut to the chart of most catches in World Cup by a player.
Top 10 players with Most Catches in World Cup
|R Ponting (AUS)||46||46||28||3|
|J Root (ENG)||17||17||20||3|
|S Jayasuriya (SL)||38||38||18||2|
|C Gayle (WI)||35||35||17||2|
|F DU Plesis (SA)||23||22||16||3|
|CL Cairns (NZ)||28||28||16||3|
|E Morgan (ENG)||29||29||16||3|
|I UL-Haq (PAK)||35||34||16||3|
|B Lara (WI)||34||34||16||2|
|M Jayawardene (SL)||40||39||16||2|
Ricky Ponting has grabbed the most catches in the World Cup history, 28 in 46 games.
Among active cricketers, former English ODI captain Joe Root has taken the most catches (20 ).
Joe Root holds the record of the highest catch per innings ratio, 1.176 catches per innings.