Catches win matches and we’ve seen some incredible grabs by cricketers over the years but which have been the best in the history of the game?
Note: Don’t miss out on our chart at the end: The Most Catches in ODI as a Fielder
15 Best Catches in Cricket History
1. Ben Stokes vs South Africa (ICC Cricket World Cup 2019)
The fielder, himself, admitted that he was a little out of position as South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo struck the ball to the mid-wicket boundary.
Stokes backpedaled and flew horizontally, plucking the catch from the air and saving a certain six.
2. Paul Collingwood vs Australia (ODI NatWest Series, 2005)
One handed, flying catches at backward point were Paul Collingwood’s speciality and this take against Australia is his best in my opinion.
Matthew Hayden was Australia’s unfortunate batsman as he struck the ball firmly through the off side only for Collingwood to leap like a salmon and pluck the catch from thin air.
3. Kieron Pollard vs Australia (ODI Series, 2013)
Off the bowling of Sunil Narine, Glenn Maxwell smashes the ball to the square leg boundary and it seems like a certain six.
Pollard intervenes, taking the ball high to his left as the ball travels hard and low.
4. Adam Gilchrist vs England (2001 Ashes)
Adam Gilchrist’s catch in the 2001 Ashes series showed great agility and awareness. Marcus Trescothick swept a Shane Warne delivery into the ankle of short leg and, while most were watching the fielder, Gilchrist dived to claim the take.
5. Jonty Rhodes vs England (ICC Cricket World Cup 1999)
Jonty Rhodes’ catch that made it into the top 15 came in the 1999 World Cup and I was actually there at the Oval to see it.
Bowler Lance Klusener had sent down a short delivery and Robert Croft felt that he’d connected well enough. However, the athletic brilliance of Rhodes claimed the ball at full stretch as the South Africans dominated. See the first catch in the video below.
6. Kieron Pollard vs Rajasthan Royals (IPL 2014)
A Mumbai Indians regular, Pollard he took a low and flat hit from Rajasthan’s Kevon Cooper but his momentum was taking him over the boundary.
Quick thinking was required as Pollard flipped the ball in the air and crossed back over to complete the take.
7. Yuvraj Singh vs South Africa (Semi-Final, Champions Trophy 2002)
Zaheer Khan forced South Africa’s Graeme Smith into playing a lofted drive and Yuvraj dived low to his right to claim it at backward point.
Outsiders for the win, the catch seemed to inspire India who went through to the final.
8. Trent Boult vs West Indies (Windsor Park, 2014)
New Zealand’s Trent Boult is a brilliant fielder, particularly off his own bowling and he could have had a number of entries on this list.
Kieron Pollard must have thought that he’d hit a definite six over midwicket only for Boult to leap, parry the ball in the air as it was crossing the line, before diving full length to complete the catch.
9. Mohammad Kaif Vs Pakistan (1st ODI, Karachi, 2004)
Not only was this a brilliant catch, it was also a match winner. With Pakistan needing just ten runs off eight balls, Shoaib Malik scooped the ball in the air before Kaif ran in from long on and caught it at full stretch.
India went on to win by five runs.
10. David Hussey vs Kolkata Knight Riders (IPL 2010)
A great individual effort, Hussey’s catch is similar to others in that he had to stop himself going over the boundary but this is the best of its type in my opinion.
Firstly, he had to stop a high, flat hit. Then he parried it back towards the field of play before diving full length to complete the grab.
11. Adam Dale vs New South Wales (1997/98)
It’s not a name that many will have heard of and this catch by Adam Dale was probably the highlight of a modest career.
What’s really remarkable about this grab is the ball’s trajectory. As the New South Wales’ batsman plays a lofted drive, the ball dips sharply as Dale dives to his right to claim a stunner.
12. Ravindra Jadeja vs New Zealand (2014, 1st test in Auckland)
We all know that Ravindra Jadeja is one of India’s best fielders but this catch off the bowling of Ishant Sharma is surely his best.
New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum smashes the ball to the long on boundary where Jadeja, at full stretch, stops it, throws it back, and runs back over the line to complete an amazing effort.
13. Angelo Mathews vs Australia (2nd T20, 2011)
Another catch that required the fielder to toss the ball back in the air as he went towards the boundary rope, this is often described as Sri Lanka’s greatest ever.
David Warner was the unfortunate victim as Angelo Mathews showed that he had great agility despite his big frame.
14. Dinesh Karthik vs South Africa (T20 World Cup, 2007)
The very first edition of the T20 World Cup was lit up by this brilliant catch. Usually a wicket keeper, Karthik found himself at a wide second slip as RP Singh took Graeme Smith’s edge.
As the ball flew towards third man, Karthik flung himself high and wide to claim an unbelievable catch. See for yourself starting from 5:10 below.
15. Ricky Ponting vs Delhi Daredevils (IPL 2013)
Ricky Ponting was a very reliable slip fielder but this brilliant effort was taken at mid off.
As the bowler hits the batsman’s leading edge, the ball travels in the air with Ponting playing for Mumbai Indians leaping to grab it, inches off the turf.
Most Catches in ODI as a Fielder
As you will see, the following chart of the most catches in ODI career doesn’t include those same names we have seen above with their unbelievable catches, however these players are generally much more reliable fielders than some of the cricketers listed above.