World best fielder: In cricket, the importance is always given to batting and bowling. The skill of a player is seen through his ability to bat or bowl. But fielding is one aspect which adds value to a cricket team. If a team fields well, the chances of winning always increases due to the runs saved. A player goes through a bad phase when he is unable to score runs or get wickets but he can always field well.
There have been few outstanding fielders in this game over the years. Let’s have a look at some of the best fielders to have played this sport.
The South African legend is undoubtedly the best fielder to have played cricket. His athleticism in the 30-yard circle as well as on the boundary was hard to match. He has won South Africa many games through his athletic dives at point and gun throws. The run-out of Inzamam-ul-Haq in 1992 World Cup still rates among the historic moments in cricket.
Having a high quality cricketer like Ravindra Jadeja is always a bonus for any team. He is a complete package and his outstanding fielding skill makes him the best in the world currently. Jadeja has a powerful left-arm throw and has run-out many batters with his direct-hits from the deep. He has a safe pair of hands and it’s not easy to get the ball past him.
If you talk about the safest pair of hands in the slips currently, Steve Smith would surely rate amongst the top. He has an extremely safe pair of hands. He has taken several one-handed catches and has taken many impossible catches in his career.
At one time, Suresh Raina was easily the best fielder in the Indian team. In a team not known for its fielding, Raina brought a revolution that increased the standards of fielding in the team. He mostly fielded at covers and has taken many superb catches in his career. Along with his batting, he saved several runs in the field.
A player who could field at any position, Faf du Plessis always made fielding look simple. He had a safe pair of hands and took many difficult catches in his career. He was the captain’s safest bet at the boundary with his ability to move quickly and having a fine throwing arm.