In the shortest format of the game, fielding and catching are just as important as contributing with the bat or ball. A liability on the field can cost you the match, while an acrobatic catch at the fence has so often tilted the balance of the game in favor of the fielding side. A catch or a diving effort is just as vital as finding the block hole in the death overs, or smashing the big sixes as a batsman. Fielding can win matches in the IPL and the standard of ground-fielding and catching have been consistenly raised by each of the IPL franchises. SPORTZWIKI takes a look at the Top 5 Players with maximum catches in the IPL.
5. Kieron Pollard
West Indies have always produced some of the great athletes in the game, and Mumbai Indians all-rounder Kieron Pollard is no exception. Pollard has taken 34 catches in 62 matches in the IPL, and has a reputation of plucking some of the most difficult catches on the boundary line. Looks like all those training sessions with Jonty Rhodes has paid dividends for the big man! Pollard takes the 5th spot in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 5 Players with maximum catches in the IPL.
4. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli is not just one of the best fielders in the game, but one of the safest pair of hands on the cricket field. The RCB superstar has taken 35 catches in 93 IPL matches and his agility and aggression on the field remains unmatched. Virat takes the 4th spot in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 5 Players with maximum catches in the IPL. We sure hope there’s more amazing catches to come from this superb fielder!
3. Dwayne Bravo
Possibly the most valuable all-rounder in the modern game, Dwayne Bravo‘s fielding abilities adds a gloss on his already impressive batting and bowling attributes. The West Indian is an incredible athlete and has the reputation of taking some of the most acrobatic catches you’re likely to see. Bravo’s 41 catches in 73 games has ensured he takes the 3rd spot in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 5 Players with maximum catches in the IPL.
2. Rohit Sharma
The Mumbai Indians skipper is another fielder who seems to have benefitted from the presence of Jonty Rhodes in the training sessions. Rohit is one of the best fielders in the world and is equally effective in the inner ring as well as on the fence. 49 catches in 97 matches are a glowing testament to his fielding ability and earns him the 2nd spot in our Top 5 Players with maximum catches in the IPL countdown.
1. Suresh Raina
No prizes for guessing who has taken the 1st spot in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 5 Players with maximum catches in the IPL. Suresh Raina is everywhere on the field and is like that magnet which continues to attract the ball towards itself. Raina is a livewire on the cricket field and is regarded as the ‘safest pair of hands’ in the modern game. 52 catches in 99 IPL matches means that the explosive CSK batsman is top of the charts among the fielders in the Indian Premier League.