The 12th edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup had ended with a thrilling Super Over finish by English side lifting the silverware, after registering a marginal victory against the Kiwis in the much-talked grand finale. The extravaganza ended on a very high note as the last game i.e. the final of the mega-event was a high-octane thriller and will be etched with the golden letters in the history of cricketing books. The match was arguably the greatest cricket match and one of the best in the history of sports.
Apart from the thrilling final, the World Cup witnessed many other things as well. The championship saw some mouth-watering batting performances and awesomesauce staging by the bowlers. These two factors worked as the icing on the cake and made the tournament even better.
However, one particular feature, which added more amusing ingredients in the World Cup was the fielding of the players. Throughout almost two months, the viewers were able to witness some extremely exhilarating and intense fielding efforts which even changed the fate of the matches.
Even in the finals, it was a fielding error which made the game reach a crucial juncture. The Indian team’s World Cup campaign was also ended with a brilliant run out by Martin Guptill to dismiss MS Dhoni.
So, here, we will have a look at the top 5 fielders of the tournament:
5. Marcus Stoinis – 27 runs
Marcus Stoinis. (Photo Source: SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
The Australian all-rounder had a very poor edition of the Cricket World Cup. The 29-year-old Marcus Stoinis performed extremely poor with the bat and was below par with the ball as well. His inability to strike wickets in the middle overs and score runs during death overs literally weakened the Aussie line-up.
However, one facet, where the 29-year old did exceptionally well was fielding. The Perth-born was one of the best fielders of the tournament and saved a total of 27 runs by fielding. In the 8 games Stoinis played, he defended 27 runs, with 19 of them being saved inside the circle of 30-year. The rest 8 runs were saved in the outer ring.
4. Jimmy Neesham – 28 runs
Jimmy Neesham. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
The New Zealand team had a very unfortunate World Cup, however, one of the main positives for them was the rise of Jimmy Neesham. Before the beginning of the World Cup, the all-rounder’s career had been more of a roller-coaster ride. Nonetheless, a fiery performance in the tournament has almost cemented his place in the squad.
Neesham scored a total of 232 runs at a strike rate of 98.97 and struck 15 wickets, which also included a fifer. The lad did well in the 3rd aspect of the game as well, as he became the 4th best fielder of the championship. The 29-year-old saved 28 runs with his wonderful fielding efforts in the 10 games he played. He saved a majority of these (18) while fielding inside the inner ring.
The Auckland-born cricketer also took 4 catches which helped his team in the long run. One of the best catches of this was the one of Dinesh Karthik in the Semis of the tournament. His scintillating efforts during the last few overs of the same match were one of the main reasons behind NZ’s triumph.
3. Glenn Maxwell – 41 runs
Glenn Maxwell. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Glenn Maxwell is one of Australia’s best fielders currently. The lad is extremely fit and performs like a gun when given the duties to patrol around the field. The situation was quite similar in the Cricket World Cup 2019 as well.
The Oz cricketer played a total of 10 matches saved 41 runs for his side in the tournament. Out of these, 26 runs were saved while fielding outside the 30-yard circle, while 15 runs were saved inside the circle. Maxwell’s ability to save invaluable boundaries at the boundary line helped the Men in Yellow on multiple occasions in the tourney.
One of the best examples of his brilliant piece of fielding was the exceptional run out of the dangerous-looking Andre Russell when the Australian team took on Windies in one of their league games. While playing against Pakistan, he displayed another brilliant piece of fielding as he affected another mind-boggling runout.
2. Martin Guptill – 48 runs
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – JUNE 26: Martin Guptill of New Zealand takes a catch to dismiss Fakhar Zaman of Pakistan during the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between New Zealand and Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 26, 2019 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)
Martin Guptill‘s campaign in the recently-concluded World Cup 2019 was like an elevated railway. Despite the fact that the star opener had a horrible outing with the bat in the tourney, he was in the limelight on many occasions. With the willow, the 32-year old was able to score just 186 runs at a minimum average of 20.67.
Howbeit, the veteran cricketer went on to become the most successful fielder of the tournament and saved most no. of runs for his team. Guptill saved a total of 53 runs, however, 5 of them were deducted because of an overthrow. Hence, he saved 48 runs for his team while fielding inside the inner ring and topped the list of most runs saved by a fielder in ICC CWC 2019.
Guptill’s fielding became one of the talking points of the tourney as he is the same guy who had affected the famous run out of MS Dhoni in the first semi-final and broke the dream of millions of fans from all over India.
1. Ravindra Jadeja – 41 runs
Ravindra Jadeja. (Photo Source: Getty Images)
Ravindra Jadeja is arguably the best fielder of World Cricket, at the moment. The lad has recently displayed some breath-taking efforts in the field and possesses the ability of winning games for his team just by his fielding. He is one of India’s all-time greats when it comes to fielding, and is on par with some other legendary figures like Mohammed Azharuddin, Mohammed Kaif & Yuvraj Singh.
The Cricket World Cup 2019 was also no different for the Rajkot-born cricketer. Jadeja saved a total of 41 runs with his unbelievable fielding efforts and became the second-best fielder of the tourney. He saved a total of 24 runs while fielding outside the 30-yard circle, whilst the rest of the runs (17) were saved when he was given the charge of the inner ring. Even though he could be a part of the playing XI in just 2 games, the 30-year old was present on the field, as a substitute fielder, on most of the occasions.
Apart from fielding, Jadeja had a wonderful campaign with bat & ball too. The Southpaw struck two invaluable wickets in the 2 games he played and played a once-in-a-lifetime knock of 77 runs in the semi-finals of the tournament.
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