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STAT-ATTACK: Fastest fielders to 100 Test catches

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New Zealand’s star batsman Ross Taylor has achieved a feat that no one really talks. In the third Test against Pakistan at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Ross Taylor became the second fastest cricketer to take 100 catches in Test cricket. Taylor’s 100th catch was of Rahat Ali. Ross Taylor has bucket like hands and over the years, he has taken some spectacular catches in the slip cordon for New Zealand.

Before the third Test, Taylor had taken 98 catches and he took 3 more catches in the Test and  now his current tally reads 101.

The only player who took 100 catches in fewer matches than Ross Taylor is Bob Simpson, who reached the milestone in 54 matches. Simpson finished with 110 catches in 62 Tests.

Ross Taylor also became the fastest New Zealand cricketer to 100 catches in Test cricket. Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming too 68 Tests to reach the milestone.

Number of Tests to take 100 Test catches as a fielder in Test cricket: 

 

Fielder Tests
Bob Simpson 54
Ross Taylor 60
Stephen Fleming 68
Ian Chappell 69
Greg Chappell 69
Mark Taylor 71
Graeme Smith 74
Brian Lara 75
Mahela Jayawardene 76
Wally Hammond 76
Rahul Dravid 79
Matthew Hayden 80
Garry Sobers 82
Ricky Ponting 84
Colin Cowdrey 84
Andrew Strauss 84
Carl Hooper 85
Mark Waugh 86
Michael Clarke 86
Ian Botham 87
Younis Khan 91
Mohammad Azharuddin 91
Allan Border 92
VVS Laxman 95
Graham Thorpe 95
Vivian Richards 100
Jacques Kallis 104
Alastair Cook 106
Graham Gooch 110
Sunil Gavaskar 115
Shane Warne 116
Steve Waugh 140
Sachin Tendulkar 154

 

The list comprises of some of the great slip fielders, who through their catching a lot to their respective teams. The likes of Rahul Dravid, Jacques Kallis, Mahela Jayawardene, Ricky Ponting and many more, were all great slip fielders.

Australia have always been a great fielding unit. They have produced many great fielders over the years, and there was a time when their slip cordon used to one of the best in the world. The table below lists the number of fielders from each team with 100 catches.

 

Number of fielders from each team with 100 catches

 

Team Fielders with 100 catches Highest
Australia 11 Ricky Ponting (196)
Bangladesh Mohammad Ashraful (25)
England 7 Andrew Strauss (121)
India 5 Rahul Dravid (210)
New Zealand 2 Stephen Fleming (171)
Pakistan 1 Younis Khan (104)
South Africa 2 Jacques Kallis (200)
Sri Lanka 1 Mahela Jayawardene (205)
West Indies 4 Brian Lara (164)
Zimbabwe Alistair Campbell (60)
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