Fielding plays a very important part in modern day cricket, more so in the shortest form of the game. One catch can change the whole complexion of a T20 game, which is why the fielding abilities of the cricketers are also taken into account by the captains these days while picking the playing XI.
Here are the fielders with the most catches in T20 cricket –
#1 Kieron Pollard:
Kieron Pollard, being at the top of the pile here, wouldn’t raise any eyebrows. He contributes so much in the field for whichever team he plays for, whether it’s in the IPL where he represents Mumbai Indians or in international cricket where he represents West Indies.
Pollard mostly fields in the deep and pulls off acrobatic stuff on the boundary line on a regular basis. He gets the advantage of his height as well, as it helps him pluck the ball out of thin air. Pollard has taken a total of 288 catches in T20 cricket so far.
#2 Dwayne Bravo:
Dwayne Bravo is another one who is in the same league as Pollard. He is not as tall as Pollard, but he is equally acrobatic and hardly lets any chances go by while patrolling the boundary lines.
Bravo takes a lot of catches off his own bowling as well. He is someone who often deceives the batsmen with his pace variation and creates quite a few catching opportunities in his own follow-through.
Bravo has a total of 222 T20 catches to his name so far.
#3 David Miller:
David Miller is perhaps not as acrobatic as Pollard and Bravo, but he is a very fast mover across the turf which helps him convert a lot of tough chances.
And Miller is equally good inside the circle as well, not just in the deep. He often fields in the point region when the fielding restrictions are on, while goes in the deep in the latter stages of the innings.
Miller has grabbed 205 catches in T20 cricket so far.
#4 Suresh Raina:
Suresh Raina is someone who is a wonderful slip fielder as well. He often stands in the slips for the first couple of overs if the ball is swinging a little bit.
Raina then generally fields in the short extra cover or the short midwicket region before being sent to patrol either the long-on or the long-off boundary in the death overs.
The left-handed veteran, who has taken 164 catches in his T20 career so far, is the true example of an all-round fielder.
#5 AB de Villiers:
AB de Villiers has taken some jaw-dropping catches in IPL and international cricket. The catch he took between the midwicket and the square leg region in IPL 2018 to dismiss Alex Hales in the game against Sunrisers Hyderbad will probably go down as one of the greatest catches in the history of the IPL. The South African talisman keeps pulling off such insane stuff from time to time.
De Villiers has taken a total of 164 catches in his T20 career so far.