They say catches win matches. While that might sound like a cliche’, ask Marcus Harris when he dropped Ben Stokes in the legendary Headingley innings. Harris would probably in hindsight give away a first class hundred or two in return for taking that catch.
Here we list 3 players with most catches (non-wicket-keepers)
1) Mahela Jayawardene – The ex-Sri Lanka skipper has been one of the greatest players for his country. He, along with his great friend Kumar Sangakkara were the batting mainstays for their country for a long time. Caught Mahela, bowled Murali was one of the most oft repeated phrase for a long time. The elegant right-hander took 440 catches, which is the most by a non-wicketkeeper.
2) Ricky Ponting – Punter alongside being one of the best batsmen of his generation was also a top fielder. He was one player who could field in the in-field, out-field and in the slips. Warne and McGrath owe a lot of their wickets to the brilliance of Ricky in the field. The ex-Aussie skipper took 364 catches.
3) Jacques Kallis – Is there anything this man can’t do. The jury is out if he’s the greatest cricketer ever or Garry Sobers is, but no one can deny that Kallis was worth his salt in every department. He had bucket-sized hands and hardly dropped anything. The all-rounder took 338 catches.