Former Indian cricketer Suresh Raina, who announced retirement from international cricket on India’s latest Independence Day, is still considered as one of the finest fielders of India that world cricket has ever witnessed. He was an acrobatic fielder in the field while playing for India. He announced his international retirement on August 15 along with MS Dhoni and will be seen only playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL). His fielding skills will be on show in the shortest format in IPL wearing the yellow jersey of his franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
Indian cricket is extremely fortunate to have some of the best acrobatic fielders currently in the side. The likes of Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey and Ravindra Jadeja and some of the others, who still make it difficult for the opposition batsmen preparing to take singles or trying to hit boundaries. However, the legacy all started with Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif turning things around while fielding and Suresh Raina carried the momentum. In the previous years, Jonty Rhodes of South Africa, Ricky Ponting of Australia, AB De Villiers of South Africa and Robin Singh of India were known for their fielding skills.
Suresh Raina Chose Backward Point – Jonty Rhodes, Covers – AB de Villiers, Mid-On – Yuvraj Singh, Mid-Off – Ravindra Jadeja, Mid-Wicket – Ricky Ponting
The southpaw hailing from Uttar Pradesh was given a list of 10 cricketers in a recent interview and asked to choose five fielding positions inside the circle. It was definitely a tough call, but Suresh Raina did it comfortably. He picked Jonty Rhodes as one of the best fielders during his time to field at backward point, one of the important and toughest positions to field.
The 33-year-old then went with recently retired AB de Villiers to stand at covers. The former South African cricketer was brilliant in not only the field but also known for his excellent batting. Arguably the best fielder in modern-day cricket, Ravindra Jadeja was given a job to stand at mid-off by Suresh Raina while Yuvraj Singh made it to mid-on position. Ravindra Jadeja is undoubtedly the best fielder to field at any position.
Yuvraj Singh, in his prime, was the best on the field and affected direct hits at stumps more often than not. Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting was picked to the field at mid-wicket and was quick to point to aim a single stump while fielding at the position during his career.
The Performances Of The Best Ever Fielders
Jonty Rhodes holds the world record of most catches in a single ODI match excluding wicket-keepers while running out of Inzamam-ul-Haq in 1992 World Cup when he darted like a bullet from the point and flung in the air like a bird before unearthing the three stumps remains the most iconic run-out in cricket has ever witnessed.
Suresh Raina has taken 101 catches in IPL bagging the Best Catcher Award for two years. AB De Villiers has an astonishing 217 catches to his name and is an exceptionally swift fielder. Ravindra Jadeja pulls off sensational catches and has one of the safest hands in the world, but his run out of Shoaib Malik in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 remains one of the very best. Skipper Virat Kohli is the fittest cricketer besides being arguably the best batsman in international circuit.
Virat Kohli, Herschelle Gibbs, Paul Collingwood, Glenn Maxwell and Martin Guptill missed out from the list. Nevertheless, even they were also known for their fielding skills which make them stand apart. Steve Smith of Australia, Kieron Pollard of West Indies and Trent Boult of New Zealand can also be considered for fielding abilities.