Catches win matches, they say. A razor-sharp catch can break a dangerous partnership and turn the game on its head. On the other hand, a dropped catch can cost the game or even the title.
Indian Premier League has its share of spectacular, match-turning catches. But do you have the record for most catches in IPL history? If you don’t, read on. Here’re the top 10 of them.
1. Suresh Raina:
A supremely fit Raina plucking one out of thin air is a sight to behold. With 102 catches in 195 outings, he holds the record for maximum catches in IPL history, despite missing the entire 2020 edition. Also, Raina is the first and the only player to cross the 100-catch mark in IPL.
2. Kieron Pollard:
Pollard is second on the catch leader-board with 91 catches in 166 IPL games. The West Indian has taken some stunners, especially the single-handed catch he took to dismiss Shaun Marsh.
3. Rohit Sharma:
Often, Rohit’s exceptional batting exploits take the spotlight. But he’s also a fine fielder, as his tally of 89 catches in 202 matches suggest. Do we need to say, he’s a fantastic captain as well?
4. AB de Villiers:
There’s nothing this man can’t do. He can keep wickets, hit the ball like no other, and take some splendid catches in the outfield. He has 83 catches in 171 matches, the 4th highest for any fielder.
5. Shikhar Dhawan:
Shikhar has been a prolific scorer at top of the order. He has a safe pair of hands as well. In 178 games, Shikhar has 79 catches to his credit, placing him on the fifth spot.
6. Virat Kohli:
Inarguably the world’s best batsman is a sharp fielder as well. King Kohli played 194 IPL matches (all for RCB) and helped dismiss 77 batsmen with his sharp reflexes and impeccable judgment.
7. Dwayne Bravo:
The West Indian all-rounder has the seventh most catches in IPL history (75). Bravo has achieved the feat in 142 games. Plus, he has been involved in some stunning run-outs.
8. Manish Pandey:
Pandey failed to make an impression on the international stage but continues to perform well in IPL. Besides raking up runs, the middle order bat has 73 catches in 148 matches.
9. Ravindra Jadeja:
It’s surprising to see one of the world’s best fielders featuring so low on the catch leaderboard. Jadeja has helped himself to 70 catches in 186 matches in 14 years of the IPL career.
10. David Warner:
A fearsome hitter and an agile fielder, Warner is placed on the 10th spot, thanks to 67 catches in 144 matches.
|1.||Suresh Raina||Chennai Super Kings, Gujarat Lions||195||102|
|2.||Kieron Pollard||Mumbai Indians||166||91|
|3.||Rohit Sharma||Deccan Chargers, Mumbai Indians||202||89|
|4.||AB de Villiers||Delhi Daredevils, Royal Challengers Bangalore||171||83|
|5.||Shikhar Dhawan||Deccan Chargers, Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad||178||79|
|6.||Virat Kohli||Royal Challengers Bangalore||194||77|
|7.||Dwayne Bravo||Chennai Super Kings, Gujarat Lions, Mumbai Indians||142||75|
|8.||MK Pandey||Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Pune Warriors, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad||148||73|
|9.||Ravindra Jadeja||Chennai Super Kings, Gujarat Lions, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Rajasthan Royals||186||70|
|10.||David Warner||Delhi Daredevils, Sunrisers Hyderabad||144||67|
Indian Premier League has been a stage for some exciting catches that turned the tide. Some fielders have been more consistent than the rest when it comes to taking catches.