In any format of the game, the fielders play a crucial part in determining the fate of the match. Any catch dropped by a fielder in a tense situation can damage the chances of a win for the side. On the other hand, if a player is successful in taking a blinder, the team on the field gets a big boost and can dominate in the match.
It also depends on what fielding position a particular player is standing in determining how many chances he will have to grab a catch. Generally in T20Is, the teams prefer to put their best fielders at those positions on the boundary line where he is most likely to take a catch. Most of the time it is either long-on or long-of positon.
In this article, we will be listing out 5 players who have grabbed the most catches in IPL history:
5. Virat Kohli – 76 catches
Indian captain Virat Kohli has been playing for the RCB team from the very first season. He has taken 76 catches in the league history so far. These catches have come in 190 innings, which makes his catch per innings ratio 0.4. Virat has been leading the team since the 2013 season but is yet to taste title victory as a captain.
4. AB de Villiers – 83
The Proteas batsman AB de Villiers has one of the safest pairs of hands in world cricket right now. He has grabbed 83 catches in 122 innings so far. His catch per innings ratio of 0.68 is the highest for any player in the tournament history with a minimum of 30 catches. AB de Villiers has been playing for RCB for a long time now and was earlier part of the Delhi squad.
3. Rohit Sharma – 89
Rohit Sharma, being the captain of his side in IPL, is mostly seen fielding inside the circle. He has taken 89 catches in the 200 games he has played so far. He holds the record for winning the most titles in the cash-rich league as a captain. His catch per innings ratio of 0.445 is still decent given that he fields mostly at those positions where there are fewer chances of taking a catch.
2. Kieron Pollard – 90
The West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard has time and time surprised everyone with his incredible catches near the boundary ropes. His height also helps him in plucking up catches for fun, and this is the reason why he is mostly seen fielding at the long-on or long-off region. He has taken 90 catches in the 164 innings of the league till now with a ratio of 0.548.
1. Suresh Raina – 102
Suresh Raina is considered among the greatest fielders of Indian cricket history. With 102 catches in IPL, he is the only player to grab over 100 catches in the cash-rich league. Raina has played most of his IPL matches for Chennai Super Kings and led the Gujarat Lions team when the former was banned for two years. He has a catch per innings ratio of 0.531 in a total of 192 innings he has featured on the field.
Most catches in the IPL:
|AB de Villiers||122||83||0.68|
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