Before the match against South Africa, Pakistan fielders (including their wicket-keeper Umar Akmal) dropped a lot of catches. But against the mighty Proteas, Sarfraz Ahmed proved the cricket adage that “Catches actually win Matches.” He took 6 catches including a blinder of Hashim Amla as Pakistan defeated South Africa by 29 runs. All catches are crucial as they can turn the match in a split second so, let us take a look at the most catches taken by an outfielder in the ongoing World Cup:  

India’s Umesh Yadav features at the top on the list of the most catches in this World Cup by an outfielder. When Zimbabwe’s Tinashe Panyangara tried to bludgeon a fuller one from Mohammad Shami over the cow corner boundary, he ended holing it to Umesh Yadav at deep mid-wicket. The grab was Umesh’s eighth of the tournament and it took him past South Africa’s Rilee Rossouw to number one on the list catches in this tournament. Who would have bet on any fast bowler leading this chart? 

Stat: Most catches by an outfielder in ICC World Cup 2015

Player

Matches

Innings

Ct

Umesh Yadav (Ind)

6

6

8

Rilee Rossouw (SA)

4

4

7

Joe Root (Eng)

6

6

7

Soumya Sarkar (Ban)

5

5

6

Hashim Amla

6

6

6

*Stats upadated till March 16th, 2015