With a beautiful overhead catch that had Stuart Broad walking back to the pavilion, KL Rahul had achieved a substantial feat. His name is now among the elite few who have had the most catches in a Test series.
This was Rahul’s 13th catch in the ongoing series with England that has put his name on par with one of the world’s best slip fielders, Rahul Dravid. Dravid was the first to achieve this feat 13 years ago during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2004-05. Unlike KL, Dravid achieved this in a four-match series.
There are a few other names who share that list. Two other fielders who have had 13 catches in a Test series are Brian Lara from West Indies and Bob Simpson from Australia. Lara and Simpson have done this twice in their careers. Lara had achieved this during his match against England (1997-98) and again against India (2006). Simpson achieved this during his match against South Africa (1957-58) and against West Indies (1960-61).
The overall record was held by Australia’s Jack Gregory who held 15 catches. This was achieved in 1920-21 at Ashes. He was followed by Aussie Greg Chappell who had 14 catches at Ashes 1974-75 against England.
If KL Rahul wishes to better his record he can by performing better during the next innings.