IPL has more to it than just superb stroke play and inspiring bowling spells. With more focus on fitness and agility than ever before, fielders pulling off some incredible, razor-sharp catches are also a common sight. However, some fielders have perfected the art of catching and pulled off more catches than the rest.
Here’s your rundown on the top five fielders with the most catches.
1. Suresh Raina: (102)
They call him Mr. IPL not for nothing. The batting mainstay for Chennai Super Kings, Suresh Raina is the third-highest run-getter (5491) and the first batsman to cross the 5000 mark in the history of IPL. Guess what? He’s also the leading fielder ever in the league with 102 catches and countless saves. Even in the twilight of his career, he came across as a versatile fielder, who could man the point region or the slip cordon with remarkable ease. Rather, Raina’s stunner in the slips to dismiss Suryakumar in the 2011 edition is regarded as one of the best catches ever in IPL.
2. AB De Villiers: (84)
ABCDE has a new colloquial meaning, “AB Can Do Everything.” He can bat, keep wickets, and field in the outfield. His batting skills are exceptional, making him one of the most destructive batsmen ever to play the game. Watching AB De Villiers take the bowlers to the cleaner with 360-degree stroke play is a visual treat and so is watching him take some screamers. He made it to the list with 84 catches, some of which were sheer magic. His backward diving catch in the 2010 edition is still fresh in our memory. With that stunner, AB simply redefined catching on the boundary line.
3. Rohit Sharma: (83)
You associate Rohit with batting and captaincy. It’s understandable, as Rohit Sharma is among the top five run-getters ever in IPL and the only skipper to win four titles, two in a row. Fielding has been the most underrated aspect of his IPL career. He might lack the athleticism but has a safe pair of hands. With 83 catches, Rohit makes his way to the third spot on the leaderboard.
4. Kieron Pollard: (82)
The flamboyant West Indian saves his best for the IPL, whether it’s batting, bowling or fielding. In 13 years of IPL, Pollard has amassed 3191 runs at a staggering strike rate of 150.87. With 63 scalps at an economy of 8.83, his bowling figures are decent as well. Kieron Pollard has helped dismiss 82 batsmen with 82 catches, placing him on the fourth spot of the leading catch takers. His one-handed airborne catch to send back Shaun Marsh was a spectacle – one for the ages.
5. Dwayne Bravo:
You simply can’t keep Bravo out of the IPL leaderboards. He’s a two-time Purple Cap winner (2013 and 2015), owns the record for the highest number of wickets in a season (32) and finds a mention among the top 5 catch takers in the history of IPL with 74 catches. Bravo is the death over specialist and effective with the bat, especially when quick runs are required. He comes across as one of the most accomplished athletes in IPL ever to man the ropes.
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