10 Players with Most Catches in ICC World Cups
Good bowling performance might become the hero of any cricket match, but without good fielding to complement the bowler, it is likely that the opponent team on the crease will make the winning shot. Fielders and the wicket keeper have to be ready at all times, not only to stop the big scores but also to get the batsman out of the field.
One of the Most Exciting Moments in any cricket match is when a fielder flies into the air to catch a ball, or at the end of a beautiful shot, the ball, in a projectile motion, lands smoothly into the hands of the fielder. The ICC World Cups have seen some extraordinary catches that had totally changed the course of the matches. Let’s take a look at the 10 Players with Most Catches in ICC World Cups.
10 Players with Most Catches in ICC World Cups
10. Ian Philip
Former Scottish cricketer Iain Lindsay Philip played cricket for the Scottish national team between 1986 and 1999. He made his One-day International debut at the age of 41 against Australia in 1999. Philip made 104 appearances for the Scottish cricket team. He holds the record for highest runs scored by any Scottish batsmen with his 234 in 1991. The 17th match of Group B in the 1999 ICC World Cup was played between Scotland and Bangladesh at the Grange Cricket Club Ground on 24th May 1999. Scotland won the toss and chose to field first. In the first innings, Ian Philip took 3 catches of Bangladeshi batsmen Khaled Mashud, Akram Khan and Enamul Haque. Bangladesh won the match by 22 runs and Minhajul Abedin was declared the man of the match.
9. Nathan Astle
Former New Zealand cricketer Nathan John Astle played as an opener in One Day Internationals for the New Zealand national cricket team. He made 81 test and 223 ODI appearances for his national side Black Caps. Astle was named the “Player of the Year” on three occasions in 1995, 1996 and 2002 by the New Zealand Cricket Almanack. The 10th match of Group B in the 1999 ICC World Cup was played between New Zealand and Australia at the Sophia Gardens Stadium on 20th May 1999. Australia won the toss and chose to bat first. In the first innings, Nathan Astle took 3 catches of Australian batsmen AC Gilchrist, DS Lehmann and SR Waugh. New Zealand won the match by 5 wickets and RG Twose was declared the man of the match.
8. Graham Thorpe
Former English cricketer Graham Paul Thorpe is noted as an excellent left-handed middle-order batsman and amazing slip fielder of his time. He appeared in 100 test matches and 82 limited over international matches for the English national cricket team. Thorpe scored a century in the second innings of his debut Test match against Australia in 1993. The 1st match of Group A in the 1999 ICC World Cup was played between England and Sri Lanka at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on 14th May 1999. England won the toss and chose to field first. In the first innings, Graham Thorpe took 3 catches of Sri Lankan batsmen MS Atapattu, PA de Silva and KEA Upashantha. England won the match by 8 wickets and AJ Stewart was declared the man of the match.
7. Chris Cairns
Former all-rounder New Zealand cricketer Christopher Lance Cairns captained the New Zealand national cricket team, Black Caps, on seven occasions. He is the son of former cricketer Lance Cairns who was a member of the national team from 1974 to 1985. Cairns was named as one of five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2000. The 18th match of Group B in the 1996 Wills World Cup was played between New Zealand and U.A.E at the Iqbal Stadium on 27th February 1996. United Arab Emirates won the toss and chose to field first. In the second innings, Chris Cairns took 3 catches of Emirates batsmen Mazhar Hussain, V Mehra and SF Dukanwala. New Zealand won the match by 109 runs and RG Twose was declared the man of the match.
6. Allan Border
Legendary former Australian cricketer Allan Robert Border served as the captain of the Australian team for many years. He holds the world record for the number of consecutive Test appearances of 153. Border retired as Australia’s most capped cricketer and leading run-scorer in both the Test and ODI formats. He was one of the 55 inaugural inductees of the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. The 30th match of 1992 Benson & Hedges World Cup was played between Australia and Zimbabwe at the Bellerive Oval Ground on 14th March 1992. Australia won the toss and chose to bat first. In the second innings, Allan Border took 3 catches of Zimbabwean batsmen A Flower, MG Burmester and AJ Traicos. Australia won the match by 128 runs and SR Waugh was declared the man of the match.
5. Ijaz Ahmed
Retired Pakistani cricketer Ijaz Ahmed played 60 Tests and 250 One Day Internationals for Pakistan national cricket team between 1986 and 2001. He holds the record for most centuries by a Pakistani against Australian cricket team which is shared with legendary cricketer Javed Miandad. Ahmed’s appearance in 250 International limited over matches is the fifth-highest of all time in Pakistan. The 26th match of 1992 Benson & Hedges World Cup was played between Pakistan and Australia at the Western Australia Cricket Association Ground on 11th March 1992. Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat first. In the second innings, Ijaz Ahmed took 3 catches of Australian batsmen ME Waugh, AR Border and IA Healy. Pakistan won the match by 48 runs and Aamer Sohail was declared the man of the match.
4. Dermot Reeve
Former English cricketer Dermot Alexander Reeve is noted as an unorthodox all-rounder. He is also known to captained the English national team and also as the coach of the New Zealand side, Central Districts. Reeve is also a former Hong Kong sports personality of the year, and has played three tests and twenty nine ODIs for the English national cricket team. The 13th match of 1992 Benson & Hedges World Cup was played between England and Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval Stadium on 1st March 1992. England won the toss and chose to field first. In the first innings, Dermot Reeve took 3 catches of Pakistani batsmen Rameez Raja, Saleem Malik and Mushtaq Ahmed. The match was later canceled and 1 point was distributed to both the teams.
3. Clive Lloyd
Legendary former West Indian cricketer Clive Hubert Lloyd was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1971. He was the captain of the West Indian national cricket team from 1974 to 1985. Lloyd is noted as a tall powerful middle-order batsman and occasional medium-pace bowler, and is considered one of the greatest cricket players of Cricket history. The 4th match of Group B in the 1975 Prudential World Cup was played between West Indies and Sri Lanka at the Old Trafford Stadium on 7th June 1975. West Indies won the toss and chose to field first. In the first innings, Clive Lloyd took 3 catches of Sri Lankan batsmen PD Heyn, HSM Pieris and DS de Silva. West Indies won the match by 9 wickets and BD Julien was declared the man of the match.
2. Soumya Sarkar
Bangladeshi cricketer Soumya Sarkar made his international limited over debut against Zimbabwe on 1 December 2014 for the Bangladesh national cricket team. Besides his international appearences, he also played for Dhaka Gladiators in the Bangladesh Premier League. Soumya is also representing the Bangladesh team in the recent 2015 ICC World Cup. The 27th match of Pool A in the 2015 ICC World Cup was played between Bangladesh and Scotland at the Saxton Oval Stadium on 5th March 2015. Bangladesh won the toss and chose to field first. In the first innings, Soumya Sarkar took 4 catches of Scottish batsmen KJ Coetzer, HJW Gardiner, PL Mommsen and RM Haq. Bangladesh won the match by 6 wickets and KJ Coetzer was declared the man of the match.
1. Mohammad Kaif
Former Indian Cricketer Mohammad Kaif is widely known for his performance as a captain of the Under-19 team of India which won the U-19 ICC World Cup in 2000. He is noted as an amazing fielder and also for his great athletic and throwing skills. Kaif played 13 Test matches and 125 ODI matches for the Indian national cricket team. The 46th match of Super Sixes in the 2003 ICC World Cup was played between India and Sri Lanka at the New Wanderers Stadium on 10th March 2003. Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to field first. In the second innings, Mohammad Kaif took 4 catches of Sri Lankan batsmen MS Atapattu, ST Jayasuriya, RAP Nissanka and M Muralitharan. India won the match by 183 runs and J Srinath was declared the man of the match.
These players created historic moments in the ICC World Cups. Some of the cricket buffs have been lucky enough to witness these moments of thrill and joy, while the rest, who missed the moments, hope for more such exciting catches to knock out the opponent batsmen, in future. The players with the most catches are, of course, among the most favourite of fielders for the fans.