There is a famous saying that catches win matches and it has been proven right over the years. The focus is always on batsmen and bowlers in the T20 format, the work done by the fielders is often forgotten. In a game of small margins, fielders tend to play a vital role, be it saving runs, taking catches, or inducing a run-out, their role in the T20 format is very important and over the years the teams who have gone on to win trophies, usually have a very good fielding unit.
A catch is one of the most common modes of dismissal in the T20 format and the fielding position a player is standing in determines how many chances he will potentially have to grab a catch. Generally in the Indian Premier League, teams prefer to put their most reliable fielder at those positions on the boundary line where he is most likely to take a catch. Most of the time it is either the long-on or the long-of position. Let’s have a look at the most catches taken by a fielder in the Indian Premier League.
List of most catches taken by a fielder in the IPL
1. Suresh Raina – 109 catches
Suresh Raina leads the charts of most catches taken in the history of the Indian Premier League. Suresh Raina has taken 109 catches and was one of the best fielders that IPL has ever seen, he has turned around plenty of matches with his work in the field.
2. Keiron Pollard – 103 catches
Kieron Pollard takes the second spot on the list of the most catches in the Indian Premier League. Pollard is usually positioned at the long on or long off region where most of the catches tend to come during the slog overs of the match. The West Indian has taken 103 catches in the Indian Premier and has turn around many games with his remarkable catching abilities.
3. Virat Kohli – 99 catches
Virat Kohli comes third on the list, he has taken 99 catches in the Indian Premier League and his ground fielding has been fantastic as well. Over the year, we have seen Kohli take some jaw-dropping catches close in standing at covers, he is one of the safest fielders when it comes to high catches as well.
4. Rohit Sharma – 97 catches
Rohit Sharma is fourth on the list with 97 catches in the Indian Premier League. He has been playing the IPL since its very first season and has taken plenty of matches turning catches for the Mumbai Indians. In his early days at the Deccan Chargers, Rohit was very agile in the field and managed to get a lot of run-outs as well.
5. Shikar Dhawan – 93 catches
Shikar Dhawan is fifth on the list of most catches in the Indian Premier League. Dhawan has taken 93 catches so far in the IPL, he is very safe under the high ball. Dhawan has played for five teams and played 210 matches.
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