Top 5 Best Fielders In Cricket History [May 2021 Updated List]

Best Fielder list

‘Matches are won by catches.’ This statement is right, but it is a more detailed version of a more general statement. The overarching argument should be, “Best fielders win you matches.”

Yes, you read that correctly. Catches are important, especially those that appear out of nowhere, and help you get that crucial wicket for your team. But it’s also important to help your team save those crucial runs and inflict a run out with a quick release of the throw, giving your team an advantage in the game.

These moments of magic have helped change the course of the game time. We’ll take a look at the top five best fielders in cricket history today. Fielders are known for their strength and energy. Let’s take a look at who has regularly contributed on the field even though they are not holding a ball or a bat.

Top 5 Best Fielders In Cricket History.

1. Jonty Rhodes.

Jonty Rhodes

What differentiates Jonty Rhodes as the undisputed king of fielding is his raw athleticism, agility, flawless throw, and brilliance at the backward point region – the most difficult position to field in. Toughest due to the short reaction time required to take wickets. If you blink, you’ll miss the ball. Any fielder’s dream is to master this exact spot. But Rhodes knows his way around the field like the back of his hand.

At times, Rhodes appeared to defy scientific laws. It’s a joy to see him almost suspend himself in the air to catch that cherished catch. Rhodes holds the world record for the most catches in a single World Cup (5). (for non-wicket-keeping players).

He was not only good at catching, but he was also very good at inducing runouts. His run-out of Inzamam-ul-Haq in the 1992 World Cup, in which he darted like a bullet from the point region and flung in the air like a bird to unearth the three stumps, this was probably cricket history’s most iconic run-out.

Jonty Rhodes Profile – ICC Batting Career Info & Stats.

MInnNORunsHSAvgBFSR100200504s6s
Test52808253211735.17546746.31301725622
ODI24522051593512135.12733680.9203339247

Bowling Career.

MInnBRunsWktsBBIBBMEconAvgSR5W10W
Test52212500/00/02.50.00.000
ODI245214400/10/11.710.00.000

2. Ab de Villiers.

Ab de Villiers

South African cricketer AB de Villiers is a great international batsman as well as a great fielder. During his 15-year international career, the wicket-keeper batsman has three times been named ICC One-Day International Player of the Year. AB de Villiers may have retired from international cricket, but he can still be seen in the Indian Premier League (IPL). His batting style cannot be compared. But there’s one more thing he excels at fielding. He’s well-known for some spectacular catches. AB de Villers worked hard to catch the ball as well.

Former South African batsman Jonty Rhodes believes that AB de Villiers is the greatest fielder of all time. Rhodes considers AB de Villiers to be a fine fielder because of his ability to field at every position on the field. In his illustrious career, AB has made some fine catches and has always been super fit, which has helped him move quickly in the field.

AB de Villiers’ superman catch in the Indian Premier League (IPL) is well known, in which he jumped in the air to take a one-handed stunner at the boundary ropes. Ab De Villiers is a versatile fielder who can play in any position. The Proteas star can also keep wickets and has had a successful career for South Africa.

AB de Villiers Batting Stats Right-Handed Batsman

FormatMatchesInningsNot OutsRunsHSAvgBFSR100s50s4s6s
ODI 2005-1822821839957717653.59473101.12553840204
T20I 2006-17787511167279*26.11237135.201014060
IPL 2008-21176162385056133*40.83318152.4340406245

Career Fielding Stats Wicketkeeper.

FormatCatchesRun OutsStumps
Test 2004-1822265
ODI 2005-18176305
T20I 2006-176547
IPL 2008-21111138

3. Brendon McCullum

Best Fielders  Brendon McCullum

Brendon McCullum’s international career, easily the most successful in New Zealand’s history, came to an end. McCullum established himself as a hard-hitting batsman who was regarded as one of the most dangerous in world cricket. His aggressive attitude was evident not only with the bat but also in his tactics as a captain on the field, which set new standards in New Zealand cricket. McCullum not only set records with his quick batting, but he also set a few notable records and stats with his commanding captaincy.

Brendon McCullum is the New Zealand team’s Superman. With his commendable batting and flashy fielding, he has always done wonders.

He is well-known for catching impossible balls from behind the wicket and in the field. As a wicketkeeper, he has 453 dismissals to his name.

Brendon McCullum Profile – ICC Career Info 

In FormatSpanMatInnsNORunsHSAvgBFSR100s50s0s4s6s
Test matches2004-20161011769645330238.64998964.60123114776107
One-Day Internationals2002-201626022828608316630.41631296.3753220577200
Twenty20I2005-2015717010214012335.661571136.21213319991

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4. Suresh Raina.

Suresh Raina

Raina’s fielding instincts and all-around fielding performance are a joy to watch on any given day. Raina made his debut in 2005 and has remained a prominent figure on the field ever since. He has 102 catches in ODI cricket and 104 catches in the IPL, making him one of the league’s best ball catchers. He also won the Best Catcher Award in the IPL for two years in a row. Though he may not be in the frame of things for the Indian Cricket team, Raina’s valuable contributions on the field can not be overstated, and he will undoubtedly go down as one of the best fielders in the world of all time.

In an interview, legendary fielder Jonty Rhodes admitted to being a fan of Suresh Raina. “I’ve been a huge fan of Suresh Raina for a long time; ever since he started playing,” he told t0 ICC.

“I know what the field conditions are like in India, and every time he practices, every time he dives, it’s going to be so hot. He doesn’t even pause to consider whether or not he should have dived,” He holds the 4th place in our best fielders list.

Suresh Raina Profile – ICC Ranking, Batting Career Info & Stats 

MInnNORunsHSAvgBFSR100200504s6s
Test1831276812026.48144553.151071004
ODI22619435561511635.31600593.515036476120
T20I786611160410129.161190134.7910514558
IPL20019529549110033.084012136.861039502202

Bowling Career Info

MInnBRunsWktsBBIBBMEconAvgSR5W10W
Test18221041603132/12/13.4846.3880.0800
ODI22610121261811363/343/345.1150.3159.0600
T20I7827349442132/62/67.634.026.8500
IPL200699081118252/02/07.3944.7236.3200

5. Virat Kohli.

Best Fielders Virat Kohli

At the moment, Virat Kohli takes 5th place in the list of best fielders in the history of cricket. He is probably the best batsman on the international stage. His batting prowess has earned him the title of “Greatest Of All Time” deservedly (G.O.A.T). The Indian Cricket Team has gone through a transformation since Virat Kohli took over as captain. If you want to remain in the running for a place in the squad, you must be physically fit. And Virat has always been a role model. His sharp fielding instincts have resulted in brilliant run-outs and mind-boggling catches, and he is currently the fittest cricketer. When he indulged in a day-light heist of Dinesh Karthik’s wicket in an IPL 2019 match, it was one of his most spectacular catches. His brilliance on the field speaks volumes about his athleticism, which is the result of hard work, grit, and determination.

Virat Kohli Profile – ICC Batting Career Info & Stats.

MInnNORunsHSAvgBFSR100200504s6s
Test9115310749025452.381311257.122772583922
ODI254245391216918359.071306193.17430621140126
T20I89842431599452.652272139.04002828590
IPL19919131607611337.984659130.415040524205

Bowling Career.

MInnBRunsWktsBBIBBMEconAvgSR5W10W
Test91111758400/00/02.880.00.000
ODI2544864166541/151/156.22166.25160.2500
T20I891214619841/131/138.1449.536.500
IPL1992625136842/252/258.892.062.7500

Conclusion: We hope you found this list useful. Also, don’t forget to share your valuable thoughts on the list of best fielders in cricket history.

Source – Cricbuzz & ESPNcricinfo

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