‘Catches Win Matches’ is a popular phrase in cricket. A catch could change a match any time. Many matches are lost for missing catches. Let’s see those Indian and English cricketer who took maximum catches in the India vs. England series.

10. Eknath Solkar (India): The left handed Indian batsman Eknath Dhondu Solakar is standing at the bottom of this list (10th position) with 22 catches in 12 matches against England. Solkar remains Test cricket’s most successful fielder, with 53 catches in just 27 matches – of those who played at least ten, the nextbest is Bob Simpson’s 110 in 62 Tests, or 1.77 per match to Solkar’s 1.96. He played total 27 test matches in his career. The top catchers are usually firmly camped in the slip cordon, but most of Solkar’s came at forward short leg, where he lurked uncomfortably up close and personal to the batsman.

9. Farokh Engineer (India): Farokh Engineer was one of the best of his trade, as shown by his selection as the first-choice keeper for the Rest of the World XI series in England and Australia in the early 1970s. Engineer was solidly built, yet had remarkably sharp reflexes – an essential requirement for keeping. He took 23 catches in 18 matches against England. He played total 46 Test matches wearing Indian cap. He is standing at 9th rank in this list.

8. Rahul Dravid (India): Dravid’s immense levels of concentration came in handy when he was standing in the slips. Most of his catches were taken in that cordon as he overtook Mark Waugh to become the most successful slip catcher in history. He played total 164 matches in his career. He took 30 catches in 21 matches against England. He is standing at number 8th position.

7. Syed Kirmani (India): Syed Mujtaba Hussein Kirmani was the quietly efficient worker ant who replaced the flamboyant Farokh Engineer behind the stumps for India, and went on to become their greatest wicketkeeper. He took 31 catches in 20 matches against England in his career. He is standing at 7th position.

6. Kiran More (India): After spending time as understudy to Syed Kirmani on the West Indies tour of 1982-83 and the Australian tour of 1985-86, more finally became India’s No.1 keeper on the tour of England in 1986, where he took 16 catches in three Tests to firmly keep his rivals at arm’s length. The second most successful Indian Test keeper after Kirmani. He took 33 catches in just 9 matches. He is standing at 6th position.

5. Sunil Gavaskar(India): ‘The Little master’ Sunil Gavaskar is standing at number 5th position for catching 35 catches in 38 matches against England. He played total 125 test matches is his test career. His game was built around a near-perfect technique and enormous powers of concentration.

4. Matt Prior (England): Matt Prior, a skilled wicketkeeper standing back, pugnacious batsman in the traditional keeping spot of No 7 and a stout upholder of the team ethic, has been a crucial cog in the machine that led England up the Test rankings. He took 37 catches in 13 matches against India. He is at number 4 in this list.

3. Bob Taylor (England): Among the few undisputed blessings of the Packer revolution was that it gave Bob Taylor the Test career he had almost given up hope of having. He took 39 catches in just 13 match against India. He played total 57 test matches in his career. Taylor is standing at 3rd position in this list.

2. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (India): Inidian skipper MS Dhoni is at 2nd position in this list. He took 46 catches in 16 matches against England. He has done so coming from the cricketing backwaters, the mining state of Jharkhand, and through a home-made batting and wicket-keeping technique, and a style of captaincy that scales the highs and lows of both conservatism and unorthodoxy.

1. Alan Knott (England): the Englishman Alan Philip Eric Knott is sitting on the throne of 1st position in this list. Yet to see his wicket-keeping at its most spectacular, you had to catch him standing up to Derek Underwood on a rain-affected pitch for Kent in county cricket. He played 95 test matches wearing the official English cap. He took 49 catches in just 16 matches.

Player Name

Country

No of Catch

Alan Knott

England

49

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

India

46

Bob Taylor

England

39

Matt Prior

England

37

Sunil Gavaskar

India

35

Kiran More

India

33

Syed Kirmani

India

31

Rahul Dravid

India

30

Farokh Engineer

India

23

Eknath Solkar

India

22

 

 

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