Test Fielding Records-1

While batting and bowling records are well covered in most sources of cricket statistics, fielding receives lesser attention (as the data points are only for catches and stumpings). Here we take a closer look at this neglected field.

Most dismissals in an innings (6 and above):

Innings dismissals wk 6

The first keeper to take 6 catches/dismissals in an innings was Wally Grout in 1957-58.

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The record was then shared by DT Lindsay, JT Murray and SMH Kirmani, the last instance being in 1975-76.

Wasim Bari then became the first to take 7 dismissals in an innings in 1978-79. He was followed by Bob Taylor (though that was overshadowed by Botham’s 13 wickets + century as well as a total eclipse) in 1979-80. Later Ian Smith and Ridley Jacobs joined the 7-catch club.

Most catches in an innings by a non-keeper (5 and above):

Innings dismissals nwk 4

The first non-keeper to take 5 catches in an innings was Victor Richardson, who is nowadays better-known as the maternal grandfather of the Chappells. Some resemblance can be seen:

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The second to do so was India’s Yajurvindra Singh on his debut in 1976-77. A total of 12 fielders have now reached the mark of 5 catches in an innings.

Now we look at match performances.

Most dismissals in a match (9 and above):

Match dismissals 9-wk

The first to make 9 dismissals was Australia’s Gilbert Langley in 1956 (Laker’s series).

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No one else took 9 in a match until 1979-80, when Bob Taylor took 10 (along with 7 in an innings in the match of Botham and the eclipse).

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Before anyone else could cross 10, the new record of 11 was set by RC Russell in 1995-96.

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Subsequently several others have taken 10 dismissals (a total of 4 including WP Saha and Sarfaraz Ahmed) and 11 dismissals in a match (a total of 3 including AB de Villiers and Rishabh Pant).

And finally;

Most dismissals in a match by a non-keeper (7 and above):

Match dismissals 8-nwk

The first to take 7 catches in a match was Greg Chappell in 1974-75. Unfortunately his grandfather did not see this as he had passed away a few years earlier, although he had lived long enough to see Ian Chappell make a good start in Tests.

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And the second was Yajurvindra Singh on his debut in 1976-77.

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Unfortunately he played only in 4 Tests.

Several others took 7 in a match. The next record of 8 catches was set by AM Rahane in 2015 (although India lost that Test).

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He continues to have that record to himself, although you will see ABD with 8 catches as a fielder. However, he took these 8 catches as a keeper substituting for the injured Q de Kock. He is listed as a non-keeper here as he was not the nominated keeper for this Test.

de Villiers was also the captain in this Test. This was a day-night Test against Zimbabwe which got over in 2 days.

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Meanwhile, several others took 7 catches in a match. The last was KL Rahul in 2018.

 

 

Review of England-India series, 2018-2

Hope you have read the first part.

Continuing with fielding:

Most dismissals (20 or more):

Eng-India 20 dis

Dhoni is ahead by a large margin, with the most dismissals and catches by a keeper. However Kirmani has the most stumpings. Cook has the most catches by a non-keeper. With 13 catches in this series, he overtook Dravid and Gavaskar.

Meanwhile, Bairstow and Buttler are rapidly moving up the table.

Most innings dismissals (5 or more):

Eng-Ind inngs dism-5

While the top two performances were long ago, Bairstow and Pant both took 5 in an innings during this series. Yajurvindra’s 5 (on debut) remains the best for a non-keeper.

Most match dismissals (7 or more):

Eng-Ind match dis-7

Pant and Rahul both took 7 catches in the course of India’s sole win of the series. Bairstow followed up with 7 in the last Test. Yajurvindra and Rahul have the best performances by non-keepers, while Bob Taylor is far ahead of everyone else.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.600):

Eng-Ind field avg

As you may expect, Taylor and Dhoni have the top two positions. Solkar has the best rate for non-keepers, far ahead of Dravid. Bairstow and Buttler are also here.

All-round performances:

Overall (see criteria in table):

Eng-Ind AR

Kapil and Ashwin lead, with surprise entries such as the occasional bowler Borde, besides Kumble who made his only Test century here.

Some obvious candidates such as Botham and Mankad are not here as they did not play enough in this series. However, they do appear in :

Best all-round performance in match (fifty+ and 5+wi):

Eng-Ind AR match

The best performances are by Botham (1980) and Mankad, while the long-forgotten JK Lever’s debut performance is also noteworthy. Pandya is the only appearance from this series, though we can also see B Kumar achieving this twice in 2014. Then there is the old firm of Ashwin and Jadeja.

The Rishabh and Rahul show

(Figures as on August 23, 2018)

While Virat Kohli was Man of the Match, the twin fielding feats of Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul played a large part in India’s victory at Nottingham.

First we look at fielding performances on debut, with reference to Rishabh:

Innings fielding on debut:

Innings fielding debut

Rishabh’s 5 dismissals is the best for India on debut by a wicketkeeper, though Yajurvindra had taken 5 as a non-keeper. A few Indian keepers had earlier taken 4 catches in an innings on their debut.

Match fielding on debut:

Match fielding debut

Here, both Rishabh and Yajurvindra made 7 dismissals on debut. Rishabh’s 7 is the best by any Indian keeper on debut. Some Indian keepers had made 5 dismissals on debut.

Note that Yajurvindra’s 5 in the innings and 7 in the match remain the best by any debutant non-keeper.

We look at fielding performances by non-keepers.

(This is for all matches, not merely on debut).

Innings fielding:

Innings fielding non keeper

The world record is 5, shared by the fielders listed above. The first to achieve this was VY Richardson, maternal grandfather of the Chappell brothers. Several current and recent players can be seen. KL Rahul is one of many who took 4 catches (in the 4th innings, to add to the 3 he took in the first innings).

Match fielding:

Match fielding non keeper

While current player Rahane is the only one to take 8 catches in a match (which, by the way, India lost), KL Rahul is one of several to take 7 catches. Note that no one had taken 7 catches in a match until Greg Chappell in 1974.

 

 

Best innings fielding on Test debut

This is being written in the middle of the 3rd Eng v Ind Test.

These figures may have concerned the player’s first or second innings as  a fielder.

Innings catches debut

Note the only non-keeper Yajurvindra Singh, who took as many catches as Rishabh Pant.

He had a short career of 4 Tests, as did Maclean.

Emery played only one Test, as he had the misfortune to play in the Healy era.

Catching records in Tests

Note: This was written in August 2015 and has not been updated.

Fielding statistics do not get as much prominence as batting and bowling statistics. Even then, usually the wicketkeeper’s figures are usually given more prominence than that of ordinary fielders.

The present record for catches in the field in an innings is 5 (shared by several, starting with VY Richardson) and in a match it is 8 (where AM Rahane stands alone, followed by several with 7).

Here is a chronological list of all those who have taken 5 catches in an innings:

InningsCatches

And a chronological list of all those who have taken 7 or more catches in a match:

Matchcatches

VY Richardson had  reasonable success at a batsman for Australia in the 1920s and 1930s, including the Bodyline series. He became the first of several to take 5 catches in an innings in his final Test at Durban. He took one catch in the first innings and 5 in the second.

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Later generations would know him better as the maternal grandfather of the Chappell brothers. One can see some family resemblance.

When he passed away in 1969, he had seen Ian well set in the Australian team although Greg and Trevor were yet to play for their country.

In 1974, Greg Chappell became the first to take 7 catches in a match. This came in the series which some called “Reverse Bodyline” where Lillee and Thomson swept all before them in a 4-1 win. He took 3 catches in the first innings and 4 in the second.

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Thus both the records remained within the family until early 1977, when Yajuvendra Singh made his debut.

It had been a traumatic series for India with England winning three Tests in a row, thus sealing the fate of the series before the 4th Test started. India batted first, but YS did not do much, scoring 8 and 15 in the match. He equalled the innings record in the first innings with 5 catches, and added 2 more in the second to equal the record. India won this Test and the final result was an England win at 3-1.

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After this, the feat of taking 5 in an innings and 7 in a match became common. But Yajurvindra Singh remains the only one to achieve these on his debut, a small consolation for a disappointing 4-Test career though he did well enough in first-class cricket. He was distantly related to Ranjitsinhji and Duleepsinhji.

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We finally move on to the anti-climactic Test at Galle in 2015 where India failed to chase 176-but this was on a ground where the highest winning fourth-innings chase was 99. AM Rahane took 3 catches in the first innings an 5 in the second, thus getting a share in the innings record and becoming the only one to take 8 catches as a fielder in Tests.

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In all first-class cricket, the record is 7 catches in an innings. There are several with 6 catches:

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While the record for a match is 10 by Hammond. Rahane just gets into the top part of the first-class record:

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