Continuing from Part 1, we take up fielding records.
Most dismissals (10 and above):
Azharuddin leads here with 27 dismissals, followed by Dhoni who played relatively few Tests against Sri Lanka. P. Jayawardene has the most stumpings (8). Dhoni and Amal Silva the most catches by keepers (21) and Azharuddin the most catches by a non-keeper (27) followed by M. Jayawardene with 22. Rahane, Saha and Rahul are also here.
Most dismissals in an innings (4 and above):
Amal Silva, who had a surprisingly short career, has the most dismissals in an innings (6). Rahane has 5, which is a share in the world record for innings catches by a non-keeper. Dickwella also represents the current players.
There is also S Viswanath whose Test career was limited to three matches against Sri Lanka.
Most dismissals in a match (5 and above):
Amal Silva had a short but meteoric career with 9 dismissals in successive Tests. He played only 9 Tests in all, scoring a century as well as taking 9 dismissals against India in one Test:
Oddly enough, Silva’s Cricinfo profile does not have a picture of him. Even the Wikipedia article does not have one. Anyway here is one from a Sri Lankan newspaper:
Then we have AM Rahane taking 8 catches in a match, a world record which he does not have to share:
Unfortunately, India lost that Test but went on to win that series 2-1.
Saha also makes this list from the current players, while NV Ojha made 5 dismissals in what is likely to be his only Test.
Best dismissal rates (Minimum 20 innings. minimum rate 0.400).
Azharuddin leads here, while no pure keeper has played enough. Sangakkara, who played both as a keeper and fielder, is second. Dhoni and Saha have not played enough to qualify.
Overall (see criteria):
Only Kumble and Muralitharan qualify with these modest criteria-and one can hardly call them all-rounders.
Match performance (fifty and 5wi):
Until this series, only Malinga qualified though his Test batting average is less than 12 and he scored his only Test fifty in this match. In the second Test of this series, both Ashwin and Jadeja achieved this mark. It is rare for two players from the same side to score a fifty and take a fiver in the same Test, but it has happened a few times before.
To be precise, this was only the third time in all Tests where two players from the same side scored a 50 and took a fiver in the same match. The two previous examples were:
Adelaide, 11 Jan,1895: Giffen and A Trott of Aus vs England
Nottingham, Jul 29, 2011: Broad and Bresnan of Eng vs India
Interestingly, there have been 9 examples of players from opposing sides who took a 50 and a fiver in the same match. The first was at the Oval, starting on August 11, 1902 where the adversaries were H Trumble and GH Hirst, in the first ever one-wicket victory.
The most recent instance was at Chittagong starting on Oct 17, 2008 where it was Vettori vs Shakib.