Good bowling performance might become the hero of any cricket match, but without good fielding to complement the bowler, it is likely that the opponent team on the crease will make the winning shot. Fielders and the wicketkeeper have to be ready at all times, not only to stop the big scores but also to get the batsman out of the field. Here we have listed 10 Players with Most Catches in ICC World Cups (in a single match).
10 Players with Most Catches in ICC World Cups
One of the most exciting moments in any cricket match is when a fielder flies into the air to catch a ball, or at the end of a beautiful shot, the ball, in projectile motion, lands smoothly into the hands of the fielder. The ICC World Cups have seen some extraordinary catches that had totally changed the course of the matches. Let’s take a look at the 10 Players with Most Catches in ICC World Cups.
Former Indian Cricketer Mohammad Kaif is widely known for his performance as a captain of the Under-19 team of India which won the U-19 ICC World Cup in 2000. He is noted as an amazing fielder and also for his great athletic and throwing skills. Kaif played 13 Test matches and 125 ODI matches for the Indian national cricket team.
The 46th match of Super Sixes in the 2003 ICC World Cup was played between India and Sri Lanka at the New Wanderers Stadium on 10th March 2003. Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to field first. In the second innings, Mohammad Kaif took 4 catches of Sri Lankan batsmen MS Atapattu, ST Jayasuriya, RAP Nissanka and M Muralitharan. India won the match by 183 runs and Srinath won the man of the match award.
Bangladeshi cricketer Soumya Sarkar made his international limited-over debut against Zimbabwe on 1 December 2014 for the Bangladesh national cricket team. Besides his international appearances, he also played for Dhaka Gladiators in the Bangladesh Premier League. Soumya is also representing the Bangladesh team in the recent 2015 ICC World Cup.
The 27th match of Pool A in the 2015 ICC World Cup was played between Bangladesh and Scotland at the Saxton Oval Stadium on 5th March 2015. Bangladesh won the toss and chose to field first. In the first innings, Soumya Sarkar took 4 catches of Scottish batsmen KJ Coetzer, HJW Gardiner, PL Mommsen, and RM Haq. Bangladesh won the match by 6 wickets and KJ Coetzer received the man of the match award.
The controversial Pakistani cricketer, Umar Akmal is on the third slot with taking the 4 catches in the world cup match against Ireland in World Cup 2015. It will be pertinent to mention here that Akmal has been a great contributor on the field for the green shirts even when he falls short of doing something with the bat.
Legendary former West Indian cricketer Clive Hubert Lloyd was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1971. He was the captain of the West Indian national cricket team from 1974 to 1985. Lloyd is noted as a tall powerful middle-order batsman and occasional medium-pace bowler. Fans also consider him as one of the greatest cricket players in history.
The 4th match of Group B in the 1975 Prudential World Cup was played between West Indies and Sri Lanka at the Old Trafford Stadium on 7th June 1975. West Indies won the toss and chose to field first. In the first innings, Clive Lloyd took 3 catches of Sri Lankan batsmen PD Heyn, HSM Pieris, and DS de Silva. West Indies won the match by 9 wickets and BD Julien received the man of the match award.
Former English cricketer Dermot Alexander Reeve is noted as an unorthodox all-rounder. He is also known to captain the English national team. He then became the coach of the New Zealand side, Central Districts. Reeve is also a former Hong Kong sports personality of the year and has played three tests and twenty-nine ODIs for the English national cricket team.
The 13th match of 1992 Benson & Hedges World Cup was played between England and Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval Stadium on 1st March 1992. England won the toss and chose to field first. In the first innings, Dermot Reeve took 3 catches of Pakistani batsmen Rameez Raja, Saleem Malik, and Mushtaq Ahmed. Officials later canceled the match and both teams received 1 point each.
Retired Pakistani cricketer Ijaz Ahmed played 60 Tests and 250 One Day Internationals for Pakistan national cricket team between 1986 and 2001. He holds the record for most centuries by a Pakistani against the Australian cricket team. He shared the record with legendary cricketer Javed Miandad. Ahmed’s appearance in 250 International limited over matches is the fifth-highest of all time in Pakistan.
The 26th match of 1992 Benson & Hedges World Cup was played between Pakistan and Australia at the Western Australia Cricket Association Ground on 11th March 1992. Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat first. In the second innings, Ijaz Ahmed took 3 catches of Australian batsmen ME Waugh, AR Border, and IA Healy. Pakistan won the match by 48 runs and Aamer Sohail received the man of the match.
Legendary former Australian cricketer and one of the most successful cricket captains, Allan Robert Border, served as the captain of the Australian team for many years. He holds the world record for the number of consecutive Test appearances of 153. Border retired as Australia’s most-capped cricketer and leading run-scorer in both the Test and ODI formats. He was one of the 55 inaugural inductees of the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
The 30th match of 1992 Benson & Hedges World Cup was played between Australia and Zimbabwe at the Bellerive Oval Ground on 14th March 1992. Australia won the toss and chose to bat first. In the second innings, Allan Border took 3 catches of Zimbabwean batsmen A Flower, MG Burmester, and AJ Traicos. Australia won the match by 128 runs and SR Waugh received the man of the match award.
Former all-rounder New Zealand cricketer Christopher Lance Cairns captained the New Zealand national cricket team, Black Caps, on seven occasions. He is the son of former cricketer Lance Cairns, a member of the national team from 1974 to 1985. Cairns became one of five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2000.
The 18th match of Group B in the 1996 Wills World Cup was played between New Zealand and U.A.E at the Iqbal Stadium on 27th February 1996. The United Arab Emirates won the toss and chose to field first. In the second innings, Chris Cairns took 3 catches of Emirates batsmen Mazhar Hussain, V Mehra, and SF Dukanwala. New Zealand won the match by 109 runs and RG Twose received the man of the match.
Former New Zealand cricketer Nathan John Astle played as an opener in One Day Internationals for the New Zealand national cricket team. He made 81 tests and 223 ODI appearances for his national side Black Caps. Astle received the “Player of the Year” on three occasions in 1995, 1996 and 2002. He received it from the New Zealand Cricket Almanack.
The 10th match of Group B in the 1999 ICC World Cup was played between New Zealand and Australia at the Sophia Gardens Stadium on 20th May 1999. Australia won the toss and chose to bat first. In the first innings, Nathan Astle took 3 catches of Australian batsmen AC Gilchrist, DS Lehmann, and SR Waugh. England won the toss and chose to field first. In the first innings, Graham Thorpe took 3 catches of Sri Lankan batsmen MS Atapattu, PA de Silva, and KEA Upashantha. England won the match by 8 wickets and AJ Stewart received the man of the match award.
These players created historic moments in the ICC World Cups. Some of the cricket buffs have been lucky enough to witness these moments of thrill and joy. And the rest, who missed the moments, hope for more such exciting catches to knock out the opponent batsmen, in future. The players with the most catches are, of course, among the most favorite of fielders for the fans. Do share your thoughts about the list of 10 Players with Most Catches in ICC World Cups.