As is the old saying, the “best catches win the matches”. Cricket has put some incredible catches on the field, and the best collection here :-
Best Catches In Cricket History
20. AB De-Villiers :-
South African talent is well known for their athletics but they hung the “IPL in 2011” on this powerful blow off Praveen Kumar when he surprised everyone in the field.
Fielding at deep long-on for Delhi Daredevils, it seems he misjudged the catch as the ball appeared to fly over him, but he compensated for it by timing his jump to perfection.
19. Trent Boult :-
The New Zealand speedster is one of the trend setters in world cricket at the moment as far as fielding standards are concerned. He is as good in the field as he is with the ball. In the clip, watch him take a blinder at cover off “Corey Anderson’s bowling”.
18. Chris Lynn :-
Irrespective of what Chris Lynn has done, or what will be done for the rest of the IPL, his amazing catch to dismiss AB de Villiers will go into history as one of the best in this game.
Initially Australian had lost his footing, as he slipped, but he performed well to earn his balance, stayed low and arched his body perfectly to the maximum, while ensuring his feet did not touch the rope, to complete one of the best catches ever seen.
That catch helped Kolkata Knight Riders a crucial wicket in the last over of De Villiers and won the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore!
17. Steven Smith :-
Like all Australian cricketers, Steven Smith is a livewire on the field.
His catch that dismissed Brendon McCullum of Chennai Super Kings was amazing.
He ran back from mid-wicket and, even as two other fielders approached the ball, kept his cool to pouch it despite taking a tumble.
16. Kieron Pollard :-
The Caribbean international took this catch at deep midwicket against Australia , reaching out for it with one hand. Despite being a tall man, he balanced his weight well and did not cross over the boundary ropes.
15. Sachin Rana :-
Haryana fast bowler Sachin Rana took a sharp catch on the boundary to dismiss Mumbai Indians’ dangerman Kieron Pollard.
The big-hitting West Indian played his trademark lofted shot, off leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal , and just as it looked set to clear the boundary, Rana completed a superb overhead catch with a well-timed leap inches away from the rope.
14. James Kiretley :-
Sourav Ganguly would have fancied a bit more bat on the ball as a mistimed hit was dropping wide of the deep long on fielder. Geraint Jones covered a large amount of ground to reach the ball in the first place and held on to it equally well.
13. Mitchell Starc :-
Not only was the catch stunning, but the dismissal very crucial.
Lanky Australian pacer Mitchell Starc, fielding on the fine leg boundary, covered a lot of ground before diving full length to his left and pulling off a sensational catch to send back Kings XI Punjab dangerman Glenn Maxwell
12. Manish Pandey :-
The 2010 Ranji Trophy final produced something that the packed crowd will never forget. The Karnataka youngster, running in from deep midwicket, threw himself towards the ball that everyone presumably thought was going to the boundary. Simply magical from the Indian to hold on to that in a single handed attempt.
11. Faf du-Plessis :-
Faf du Plessis gave ample proof why South Africans are rated among the best fielders in the game.
Delhi Daredevils’ Murali Vijay lofted Mohit Sharma over mid-off and for a moment it looked as if he would clear the fielder. But du Plessis ran back and threw himself back to complete an unbelievable catch.
10. Jonty Rhodes :-
The South African superman has taken many stunners, and this was just one among them. Here, he flies towards his left at short extra cover in an ODI against England to complete the catch.
9. Suresh Raina :-
It looked as if Chennai Super Kings were having an exhibition of catches against Delhi Daredevils.
Suresh Raina, one of India’s best fielders, had to fling himself to his right to come up with another brilliant catch which saw Delhi Daredevils opener Mayank Agarwal take the long walk back to the pavilion.
8. Pa Collingwood :-
Matthew Hayden’s priceless reaction after the catch was completed sums it up! No way would he have imagined walking back to the pavilion after making that kind of contact.
7. Morne Morkel :-
Traditionally, fast bowlers are not among the best fielders on the park.
But Morne Morkel seems to have quashed that thinking with the sensational catch he took to claim the big wicket of fellow-South African and Kings XI Punjab’s batting star David Miller.
6. Jonty Rhodes :-
The Protean this time flew upright but could only get his fingers on the ball. However he showed amazing reaction time as he completed the catch on the rebound on his way down. This happened in the World Cup fixture against England in 1999.
5. Faf du-Plessis :-
Manoj Tiwary also perished to du Plessis’s brilliance in the field soon after.
This time the South African had to dive full length to his left at mid-off as the Delhi Daredevils batsman mistimed his inside-out lofted shot over the covers.
4. David Hussey :-
The Australian limited overs specialist took an unbelievable catch at the boundary for Kolkata Knight Riders against Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2010. The strike seemed like a sure six, but Hussey juggled the ball in his first attempt, threw it back into play on the second and completed the catch on the third.
3. Mitchell Starc :-
It seemed lightning struck Kings XI Punjab twice in the form of Starc that day.
Just a couple of overs earlier, he had taken a splendid catch on the fine leg boundary, sprinting to his left and flinging himself in the air to dismiss Wriddhiman Saha.
2. Kieron Pollard :-
The Mumbai Indians all-rounder’s catch at the long-on boundary was awarded as the catch of the season in IPL 2014. He realized that he might fall over the boundary and threw the ball back and came back to clinch it.
1. Ben Hilfenhaus :-
Whether it is catching or fielding, never write off an Aussie.
Veteran Aussie pacer Ben Hilfenhaus produced a moment of magic on the field to dismiss compatriot and Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Watson.
Watson went after left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja but miscued his stroke. Hilfenhaus, at long-off, timed his leap to perfection for a superb catch inches inside the boundary.
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