The top ten Indian fielders discusses Indian fielding- the origins, the advancements to the present scenario. There was a time when fielding was a big issue for the Indian cricket team. Indian fielders would struggle to gather the ball in time and would fail to catch it when needed. But over time, the team has transformed into a side loaded with some exceptional fielders. We take a look at the top ten best Indian fielders.
We go back in history and dig out a few fielders who started it all for the Indian cricket team. This list contains the top 10 Indian fielders and obviously one or two people have failed to make it to this list.
Top Ten Indian Fielders – THE ORIGINS
It was quite a sight when Jadeja and Robin Singh teamed up together to bring some hopes to the Indian fielding side. Robin Singh’s throw from the deep regions of the cricket field reached the wickets in no time. A bit on the heavier side, he would chase the ball with all his might. This earns him a place in the list of top ten best Indian fielders.
A name not many have heard of. But in the 70s, a certain athletic and lightning quick Eknath Solkar emerged as a fielding maestro for an otherwise slow and not so safe Indian fielding side. After Pataudi, he was perhaps the only fielder to leave a mark in the history of Indian cricket. He took 53 catches in just 27 matches which is a record in itself. This puts the forgotten hero in the list of top 10 Indian fielders.
A wristy rascal for bowlers all across the world, the former Indian skipper was a genius when it came to grabbing the ball in the slips. A unique feature that this Hyderabadi legend carried with him was his ability to attack the ball in the covers as well. Now a politician, Azhar is busy catching votes and public confidence. This lands the former skipper in the list of top 10 best Indian fielders.
We all know one smiling assassin and that is Muttiah Muralitharan. But even the Indian cricket team had a smiling assassin in form of an outstanding fielder- Ajay Jadeja. A hard hitter of the ball and a quick finisher, Jadeja was quite handy in the field with his outstanding fielding skills. He would annoy the batsmen by denying them that quick single or by pulling a catch out of nowhere. This ensures Jadeja a place in the list of top 10 greatest Indian fielders.
Top Ten Indian Fielders – THE ADVANCEMENTS
Undoubtedly the GOD of slip catching. By taking 210 catches in Test cricket and 196 catches in ODIs, Dravid ensured that he will not just be remembered as a batting giant but even as a pair of safe hands in the slips. His amazing record in the slips puts him in this list of top 10 best Indian fielders.
Who doesn’t remember the famous Nick Knight run out in the 2003 World Cup? Well, the famous run out is just a small introduction to the superhuman abilities that a certain Mohd. Kaif carried. It would not be wrong to say that the man used to fly around to take catches or stop the exploding ones. Board politics took the better of him and now we don’t get to see him anymore. But this UP lad easily flies into our list of top ten Indian fielders.
Without a doubt, Yuvraj Singh is the KING AT BACKWARD POINT. A catch taken by Yuvraj against Bangladesh invited the following comments from Harsha Bhogle:
“He has timed his jump better than a computer could”
Well the comments say it all. The roaring Punjab lion has been responsible for converting a lot of boundaries to unbelievable dismissals. He takes his place in this list of top ten Indian fielders with authority.
Top Ten Indian Fielders – THE PRESENT SCENARIO
Young, energetic, athletic and simply outstanding in all the corners of the ground. Jadeja is the fielder the captain can send to any part of the field and forget about leaking runs from there. The short-heighted Jadeja has invented a new type of catch – THE RUNNING CATCH. Never seen in the way Jadeja takes it, the running catch speeds him to this list of top ten Indian fielders.
He can bat , he can bowl and he can field. Let me introduce you to the new ‘harfanmaula’ of Indian cricket – Virat Kohli. Kohli’s gymnastic acts in the field make sure that the batsmen have to struggle and struggle hard to get the ball past this amazing fielder. He can throw the ball faster than a speeding rocket and that too with an aim which can take Olympic gold shooter Abhinav Bindra for a ride. Kohli dances into the list of top ten Indian fielders.
A magician in the field, I bet he does not see a cricket ball when he’s out there. Suresh Raina is able to see a giant basketball instead. Well, if you look at some of the videos on YouTube (there are hundreds by the way) , you’ll get an idea. There are people in India who pay to watch him fly and glide through air. Raina’s brilliance in the field never goes unnoticed. This puts him in the list of top ten Indian fielders.
Along with these, there are several others lined up and ready to ‘catch’ some much deserved attention and appreciation. Rohit Sharma, Abhinav Mukund, Ajinkya Rahane and Manoj Tiwary are the latest entries and all of them are exceptional fielders of the cricket ball. Don’t be surprised if you see these very men in the next list of top ten Indian fielders.