We have witnessed many brilliant fielding in cricket. Diving catches and run-outs, one hand stunners, blind catches etc.
Take a look at our top ten fielding moments that made the world go “wow!”
1. Dwayne Leverock’s one-handed catch
Perhaps one of the greatest catches a world has seen, Bermuda’s Dwayne Leverock’s catch of India’s opener Robin Uthappa in the 2007 Cricket World Cup will definitely cannot be missed. Seam bowler Malachi Jones bowled a normal line outside of the off-stump, cathing Uthappa’s edge. What was followed is Leverock’s diving one-hand catch to his right that shock the world. What’s more, the man was over-weight which makes it one of the greatest catches of all time.
2. Shahid Afridi’s “backwards” catch
In the must-win match for Pakistan against New Zealand in 2009 World Twenty20, Shahid Afridi produced one of the greatest catches by running backwards! Scott Styris tried to hit hard over long-off fielder off the bowling of Umar Gul. But the batsman miscued and it went high. Afridi was just ball watching while running with it until he caught the ball. It was one of the finest fielding moments in Pakistan’s cricket.
3. Shadab Khan’s flying catch
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In the final of the Zimbabwe tri-series in 2018, batsman Alex Carey was asked to hit as many runs as he can. But as he was looking to go after Faheem Ashraf when he hit the ball between mid-off and cover fielders, Shadab Khan literally flew to the ball and took a stunning catch to dismiss the batsman. Shadab Khan has always been Pakistan’s best fielder, but this is one special stuff from the all-rounder that he cannot easily forgotten.
4. Ben Stokes’ monster in the World Cup opener
In the opening match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup between hosts England and South Africa, Ben Stokes produced what turned out to be one of the greatest catches of all time!
The batsman Andile Phelukwayo was looking to slog-sweep Adil Rashid, which he did. What he didn’t expect that Ben Stokes, fielding at leg position, ran towards mid-wicket and jump to take the catch with one hand. It was a monster catch by the English all-rounder and he light the World Cup early to what was followed.
5. Ravindra Jadeja’s one hand stunner
In this current era of cricket, India’s Ravindra Jadeja is no doubt one great fielder in the world.
Two fine catches were taken by him in the Test series in New Zealand. But the catch of Neil Wagner was just unbelievable. It was Ben Stokes, but in Test cricket and it was simply brilliant by India’s all-rounder.
6. That “dive” from Steve Smith
Steve Smith has produced some quality catches in his career, especially when diving to his right. In the 2019 Cricket World Cup against New Zealand, he dismissed Tom Latham diving to his right with one hand. It was yet another catch that will be highlights of his catching career.
7. Ben Stokes at it again with one hand
Before his World Cup catch becomes famous, Ben Stokes already produced something magnificent in 2016. Again it was against South Africa, and he took a catch of AB de Villiers. It was another one-hander, but he took it as if it was nothing.
8. AB de Villier’s brilliant run out
Speaking of great fielders, AB de Villiers is one of the greatest fielders himself. And he showed it again in 2017 Champions Trophy against Sri Lanka. How many times you have seen a fielder diving to run a batsman out? He did exactly that to dismissed the non-striker, which became one of the highlights of his career.
9. Three magnificent catch by team West Indies
On the tour to Australia in 2013, West Indies produced not one, but THREE catches in one game. It was a massive teamwork from the side. The first and third catches were simply amazing. Especially the third one, given the edge comes very quickly to slip fielder.
10. Dhananjaya’s three outstanding catches
Dhananjaya de Silva alone himself took three great catch in a single ODI match against South Africa. Take a look at this compilation of his catches.