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India vs Pakistan World Cup (The Ultimate Guide): Highest Run Scorer, Highest Wicket Taker, Records, and More!

India vs Pakistan World Cup Match is exactly 64 days away.

Now that we FINALLY have the 2023 Cricket World Cup schedule, we can discuss the magic moments, rivalries, history, and records.

Let’s dive right in.

Key Takeaways

  • India and Pakistan have gone head-to-head 7 times in the ODI Cricket World Cup (Men’s). India has won all 7 out of 7 (1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2011, 2015, 2019).
  • Sachin Tendulkar (313), Virat Kohli (193), Saeed Anwar (185), Rohit Sharma (155), and Misbah-ul-Haq (132) are the highest scores in Ind-Pak ODI WC matches. On the other hand, Venkatesh Prasad (8), Javagal Srinath (7), Wahab Riaz (7), Anil Kumble (5), and Mushtaq Ahmed (5) have taken the most wickets in these contests.
  • The highest score in Indo-Pak matches is Rohit Sharma’s 140, followed by Virat Kohli’s 107, Saeed Anwar’s 101, and Sachin Tendulkar’s 98. On the bowling side, Venkatesh Prasad’s 5/27, Wahab Riaz’a 5/46, Sohail Khan’s 5/55, and Mohammad Shami’s 4/35 are the best figures.
  • In each of the seven occasions, the team that won the toss chose to bowl first and six times, it was won by the team batting first. Only in 2003, did a team win chasing.
  • Sachin Tendulkar has won the player of the match award in India-Pakistan World Cup matches thrice, while Navjot Sidhu, Venkatesh Prasad, Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma and have each won the award once.

Also Read: ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Schedule (Complete Guide): What is the Schedule of Each Team for the 2023 ODI World Cup?, Border-Gavaskar Trophy (BGT) India Australia Test Series: The Definitive Guide (Updated 2023), Complete History, Most Runs, Most Wickets, and BGT 2023 Schedule

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History of India vs Pakistan World Cup at a Glance

World CupWinnerCityResultPlayer of the Match
1992 (Group Stage)IndiaSydneyWon by 43 RunsSachin Tendulkar
1996 (Quarter-Final)IndiaBangaloreWon by 39 RunsNavjot Sidhu
1999 (Super Six)IndiaManchesterWon by 47 RunsVenkatesh Prasad
2003 (Group Stage)IndiaCenturionWon by 6 WicketsSachin Tendulkar
2011 (Semi-Final)IndiaMohaliWon by 29 RunsSachin Tendulkar
2015 (Group Stage)IndiaAdelaideWon by 76 RunsVirat Kohli
2019 (Group Stage)IndiaManchesterWon by 89 RunsRohit Sharma

List of India-Pakistan World Cup Matches

1. Ind vs Pak, 1992 Cricket World Cup, Group Stage

  • Winner: India
  • Result: Won by 43 Runs

India Score: 216/7 (49)

Pakistan Score: 173/10 (48;1)

India vs Pakistan World Cup 1992 Stats

  • Most Runs: Aamer Sohail – 62 (95)
    • Sachin Tendulkar 54* (62), Ajay Jadeja – 46 (77), Javed Miandad – 40 (110)
  • Most Wickets: Mushtaq Ahmed – 3/59
    • Manoj Prabhakar – 2/22, Kapil Dev – 2/30, Sachin Tendulkar – 2/37, Javagal Srinath – 2/37, Aaqib Javed – 2/28

Player of the Match: Sachin Tendulkar (India)

India vs Pakistan World Cup 1992 Details

  • Date: 4 March 1992
  • Ground: Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney, Australia
  • Toss:, India won the toss and chose to bowl first

The Story & Memorable Moments

This match will forever be remembered for Javed Miandad’s jumping imitation of Kiran More. Other than that, it was a slow-moving affair. Young Tendulkar’s match-winning fifty and Kapil Dev’s finishing prowess did the job for India despite Mushtaq Ahmed’s double wicket over. Pakistan responded with a slow but steady 88-run partnership between Miandad & Sohail but would collapse from 105/2 to 173 all out.

Scorecard: IND vs PAK, Benson & Hedges World Cup 1991/92, 16th Match at Sydney, March 04, 1992

Video Highlights: World Cup 1992 Match 16 India v Pakistan @ Sydney Highlights. – YouTube

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2. Ind vs Pak, 1996 Cricket World Cup, Quarter-Finals

  • Winner: India
  • Result: Won by 39 Runs

India Score: 287/8 (50)

Pakistan Score: 248/9 (49)

India vs Pakistan World Cup 1996 Stats

  • Most Runs: Navjot Sidhu – 93 (115)
    • Aamer Sohail – 55 (46), Saeed Anwar – 48 (32), Ajay Jadeja – 45 (25), Saleem Malik – 38 (50), Javed Miandad – 38 (64)
  • Most Wickets: Venkatesh Prasad – 3/45
    • Anil Kumble – 3/48, Mushtaq Ahmed – 2/56, Waqar Younis – 2/67

Player of the Match: Navjot Singh Sidhu (India)

India vs Pakistan World Cup 1996 Details

  • Date: 9 March 1996
  • Ground: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, India
  • Toss: India won the toss and chose to field first

The Story & Memorable Moments

This game provided us with one of the most iconic India-Pakistan memories: Venkatesh Prasad vs Aamer Sohail. Chasing 289 in the World Cup quarterfinals on the back of Sidhu’s brilliance and steady contribution from the rest of India’s Top 6, the match hung in balance after Pakistan had 84 runs on the board after just 10 overs. After Saeed Anwar departed, Sohail was still looking aggressive.

Sohail vs Prasad ball 1 – hit through the covers and Sohail pointed to Prasad where the ball went. The next ball, CLEAN BOWLED! This is what India-Pakistan games are for. Memories we will cherish forever.

Scorecard: IND vs PAK, Wills World Cup 1995/96, 2nd QF at Bengaluru, March 09, 1996

Video Highlights: India vs Pakistan – 1996 Cricket World Cup – Highlights – YouTube

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3. Ind vs Pak, 1999 Cricket World Cup, Super Six

  • Winner: India
  • Result: Won by 47 Runs

India Score: 227/6 (50)

Pakistan Score: 180/10 (45.3)

India vs Pakistan World Cup 1999 Stats

  • Most Runs: Rahul Dravid – 61 (89)
    • Mohammad Azharuddin – 59 (77), Sachin Tendulkar – 45 (65), Inzamam-ul-Haq – 41 (93), Saeed Anwar – 36 (44)
  • Most Wickets: Venkatesh Prasad – 5/27
    • Javagal Srinath – 3/37, Wasim Akram – 2/27, Azhar Mahmood – 2/35, Anil Kumble – 2/43

Player of the Match: Venkatesh Prasad (India)

India vs Pakistan World Cup 1999 Details

  • Date: 8 June 1999
  • Ground: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
  • Toss: India won the toss and chose to field first

The Story & Memorable Moments

Yet another Venkatesh Prasad special. Dravid, Azharuddin, and Tendulkar each played decent knocks, and Srinath-Prasad’s eight wickets together sealed the victory in a low-scoring contest.

Scorecard: IND vs PAK, ICC World Cup 1999, 4th Super at Manchester, June 08, 1999

Video Highlights: India Vs Pakistan – 1999 Cricket World Cup – Full Highlights – YouTube

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4. Ind vs Pak, 2003 Cricket World Cup, Group Stage

  • Winner: India
  • Result: Won by 6 wickets

Pakistan Score: 273/7 (50)

India Score: 276/4 (45.4)

India vs Pakistan World Cup 2003 Stats

  • Most Runs: Saeed Anwar – 101 (126)
    • Sachin Tendulkar – 98 (75), Yuvraj Singh – 50* (53), Rahul Dravid – 44* (76)
  • Most Wickets: Zaheer Khan – 2/46
    • Ashish Nehra – 2/74, Waqar Younis – 2/71

Player of the Match: Sachin Tendulkar (India)

India vs Pakistan World Cup 2003 Details

  • Date: 1 March 2003
  • Ground: SuperSport Park, Centurion, South Africa
  • Toss: Pakistan won the toss and chose to field first

The Story & Memorable Moments

If I had to pick one shot from an India-Pakistan World Cup match, it is Sachin Tendulkar’s epic upper cut against Shoaib Akhtar for a six! This time, Pakistan put int one heck of a battle. Saeed Anwar led the charge with a century, but India chased 275 with 4 overs to spare thanks to Tendulkar’s tremendous knock. Yuvraj Singh & Rahul Dravid did the rest and took India home with a steady 99-run partnership.

Scorecard: PAK vs IND, ICC World Cup 2002/03, 36th Match at Centurion, March 01, 2003

Video Highlights: India vs Pakistan 2003 World Cup Match Full Highlights – Must Watch – YouTube

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5. Ind vs Pak, 2011 Cricket World Cup, Semi-Finals

  • Winner: India
  • Result: Won by 29 Runs

India Score: 260/9 (50)

Pakistan Score: 231 (49.5)

India vs Pakistan World Cup 2011 Stats

  • Most Runs: Sachin Tendulkar – 85 (115)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq – 56 (75), Mohammad Hafeez – 43 (59), Virender Sehwag – 38 (25), Suresh Raina – 36* (39)
  • Most Wickets: Wahab Riaz – 5/46
    • Ashish Nehra – 2/33, Munaf Patel – 2/40, Harbhajan Singh – 2/43, Saeed Ajmal – 2/44, Yuvraj Singh – 2/57, Zaheer Khan – 2/58

Player of the Match: Sachin Tendulkar (India)

India vs Pakistan World Cup 2011 Details

  • Date: 30 March 2011
  • Ground: Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh, India
  • Toss: India won the toss and chose to field first

The Story & Memorable Moments

Although Sachin scored an 85 in this match (with dropped catches & review system coming to his rescue, my favorite two memories from this match are – Suresh Raina’s clutch cameo & Wahab’ Riaz’s inswinging yorker to dismiss Yuvraj Singh, the man of the tournament, for a golden duck.

Scorecard: IND vs PAK, ICC Cricket World Cup 2010/11, 2nd Semi-Final at Chandigarh, March 30, 2011

Video Highlights: India defeat Pakistan to reach the 2011 WC Finals

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6. Ind vs Pak, 2015 Cricket World Cup, Group Stage

  • Winner: India
  • Result: Won by 76 Runs

India Score: 300/7 (50)

Pakistan Score: 224/10 (47)

India vs Pakistan World Cup 2015 Stats

  • Most Runs: Virat Kohli – 107 (126)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq – 76 (84), Suresh Raina – 74 (56), Shikhar Dhawan – 73 (76), Ahmed Shehzad – 47 (73)
  • Most Wickets: Sohail Khan – 5/55
    • Mohammad Shami – 4/35, Mohit Sharma – 2/35, Umesh Yadav – 2/50

Player of the Match: Virat Kohli (India)

India vs Pakistan World Cup 2015 Details

  • Date: 15 February 2015
  • Ground: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia
  • Toss: India won the toss and chose to field first

The Story & Memorable Moments

Virat Kohli’s love affair with Adelaide & Australia continued. Kohli’s century as well as India’s crunch ICC players – Dhawan & Raina came to the party with quick 70s. Sohail Khan starred with the ball for Pakistan with 5 wickets, but no one apart from Misbah stood up with the bat as India won by a mammoth 76 runs. It was also the beginning of the brief but brilliant bowling partnership between Umesh-Mohit Sharma, and Mohammad Shami.

Scorecard: IND vs PAK, ICC Cricket World Cup 2014/15, 4th Match, Pool B at Adelaide, February 15, 2015

Video Highlights: India v Pakistan Match Highlights 15th March 2015 (

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7. Ind vs Pak, 2019 Cricket World Cup, Group Stage

  • Winner: India
  • Result: Won by 89 Runs (D/L Method)

India Score: 33/5 (50)

Pakistan Score: 212/6 (40) – Revised Target: 302 (40)

India vs Pakistan World Cup 2019 Stats

  • Most Runs: Rohit Sharma – 140 (113)
    • Virat Kohli – 77 (65), Fakhar Zaman – 62 (75), KL Rahul – 57 (78), Babar Azam – 48 (57), Imad Wasim – 46* (39)
  • Most Wickets: Mohammad Amir – 3/47
    • Kuldeep Yadav – 2/32, Vijay Shankar – 2/22, Hardik Pandya – 2/44

Player of the Match: Rohit Sharma (India)

India vs Pakistan World Cup 2019 Details

  • Date: 16 June 2019
  • Ground: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
  • Toss: Pakistan won the toss and chose to field first

The Story & Memorable Moments

We can safely say that this was one of the more one-sided India-Pakistan matches. When Kuldeep Yadav bowled one of the balls of the tournament to dismiss Babar Azam for 48, it was all but over in the 24th over. Earlier, India had bludgeoned 336 runs with the help of Rohit Sharma’s magnificent 140, Kohli’s 77, and KL Rahul’s 57. Although Amir took 3 wickets, it just wasn’t the same as the 2016 T20 Asia Cup and 2017 Champions Trophy battle. Oh yeah, and all the rain delays took away from the drama as well.

Scorecard: IND vs PAK, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, 22nd match at Manchester, June 16, 2019

Video Highlight: Rohit Sharma Hits 140! | India v Pakistan – Match Highlights | ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 – YouTube

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Who has Scored the Most Runs in India Pakistan ODI World Cup Matches? Top 10 Run Scorers in Ind-Pak CWC Matches

PlayerCountryMatchesRunsBest100s/50sAverage/Strike Rate
Sachin TendulkarIndia5313980/378.25/83.24
Virat KohliIndia31931071/164.33/91.03
Saeed AnwarPakistan31851011/061.66/91.58
Rohit SharmaIndia21551401/077.50/116.54
Mohammad AzharuddinIndia2118590/139.33/80.27
Aamer SohailPakistan2117620/258.50/82.97
Suresh RainaIndia2110740/1110.00/115.78
Rahul DravidIndia2105610/1105.00/63.63
Ajay JadejaIndia397460/032.33/83.62

Who has Taken the Most Wickets in India Pakistan ODI World Cup Matches? Top 10 Wicket-Takers in Ind-Pak CWC Matches

Venkatesh PrasadIndia285/270/19.00/3.69
Javagal SrinathIndia473/370/025.14/5.00
Wahab RiazPakistan375/460/123.71/5.53
Anil KumbleIndia353/480/028.40/4.73
Mushtaq AhmedPakistan253/590/023.00/5.75
Sohail KhanPakistan155/550/111.00/5.50
Zaheer KhanIndia242/460/026.00/5.24
Mohammad ShamiIndia144/351/08.75/3.88
Ashish NehraIndia242/330/026.75/5.35
Waqar YounisPakistan242/670/034.50/7.39

Ind vs Pak 2023 World Cup Match

When is Ind vs Pak 2023 World Cup Match?

India vs Pakistan will be held on Saturday, 14 October, 2023 at 2 PM local time. Mark your calendars.

Where will be the 2023 World Cup Ind vs Pak match be held?

The Ind-Pak 2023 WC match will be held in Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, India.

Final Thoughts

Let’s be honest. India-Pakistan WC matches have rarely been competitive. There have been moments of enertainment – think Venkatesh Prasad-Sohail, Tendulkar vs Shoaib, Kohli & Rohit’s hundreds, and Wahab Riaz’s 5-fer.

However, with the memorable 2022 T20 World Cup match, the hype is right up there.

The new generation of Pakistan cricket promises to make this a more even contest – Babar Azam, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Rizwan, Shadab, Rauf, and more. For India, this may be the final chance for the likes of Rohit Sharma & Virat Kohli.

Whatever happens, whatever the result, I hope the game is played in great spirit, the crowd has a good & safe time, and we get to see a competitive, edge-of-the-seat contest.

That’s all from me. What do you think? Type your prediction below – who do you think will win this upcoming 2023 ODI World Cup match, Pakistan or India?

Pakistan vs India World Cup – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When is India vs Pakistan in the 2023 Cricket World Cup?

India vs Pakistan will be held on Saturday, 14 October, 2023 at 2 PM local time

Who has scored the most runs in India-Pakistan World Cup matches?

Sachin Tendulkar (313), Virat Kohli (193), Rohit Sharma (185), Rohit Sharma (155), and Misbah-ul-Haq (132) are the highest scores in Ind-Pak ODI WC matches. On the other hand, Venkatesh Prasad (8), Javagal Srinath (7), Wahab Riaz (7), Anil Kumble (5), and Mushtaq Ahmed (5) have taken the most wickets in these contests.

Who has taken the most wickets in India-Pakistan World Cup matches?

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CSK Vs DC IPL Match 2 Review: Raina’s Return Eclipsed by Dhawan-Shaw Onslaught

CSK Vs DC– IPL 2021 Match #2 Quick Review!

Match Details

Scorecard: Match 2: CSK Vs DC Video Highlights

Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Toss: DC won the Toss and chose to field first

Umpires: Anil Chaudhary & Virender Sharma

What Actually Happened

  • Winner: Delhi Capitals Won by 7 Wickets
  • Scores: CSK: 188/7 Vs DC: 190/3 (18.4 overs)
  • Player of the Match: Shikhar Dhawan
  • Best Figures
    • Chris Woakes – 2/18
    • Shardul Thakur – 2/53
  • Most Runs
    • Suresh Raina – 54 (36)
    • Shikhar Dhawan – 85 (54)

Moments of The Day

The IPL is full of surprises and memorable moments. Here are my moments of today:


  • The return of Suresh Raina: Several questions about his commitment over the past year, but he came back in style. The hoicks & cuts are back. 4 sixes. With Moeen Ali, it was exactly the impetus CSK were missing last year in the middle overs.
  • Dhawan-Shaw Make a Mark: Dhawan 85, Shaw 72, 138 opening partnership. With the declaration that Kohli-Sharma will open in the World T20I world cup and KL Rahul & Ishan Kishan as reserves, Shikhar Dhawan & Prithvi Shaw seem to be out of the reckoning. With a 23-man squad possible now, commanding performances like today will help their cases. Just toyed with the field!
  • The Battle of the Currans: In the penultimate over of the 1st innings, Tom Curran came to bowl in the death to Sam Curran. 2 fours, 2 sixes, and 23 runs later, the younger brother wins the battle.

Honorable Mentions: Free-flowing Moeen Ali, impressive Avesh Khan, 3 catches for Gabbar!

Broken Cricket Dream of the Day

  • MS Dhoni – #DhoniReturns was trending on twitter, but did not get much batting time as he was bowled for a duck.
  • CSK improved on the batting front with ‘intent,’ but with only specialist cutters (Bravo-Thakur-Chahar), the bowling was not threatening at all.
  • R Ashwin was the only DC player with an off day. Expensive 47 runs in 4 overs was not his best performance
  • More dropped catches….Santner, Bravo, Gaikwad the culprits this time around

IPL 2021 Points Table

No need to go elsewhere for the Points Table. We will keep updating it in every article!

TeamsPlayedWonLostTied/No-ResultPointsNet Run Rate
1. Delhi Capitals11002+0.779
2. Royal Challengers Bangalore11002+0.05
3. Mumbai Indians10100-0.05
4. Chennai Super Kings10100-0.779
Kolkata Knight Riders
Punjab Kings
Rajasthan Royals
Sunrisers Hyderabad
IPL 2021 Points Table

Tomorrow’s Preview

The Kolkata Knight Riders take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in Chennai. Who do you think will win this one?

Also, if you have not yet read our IPL Previews, here is a list of all of them! Check them out and share ahead:

  1. Chennai Super Kings – CSK Preview
  2. Delhi Capitals – DC Preview
  3. Kolkata Knight Riders – KKR Preview
  4. Mumbai Indians – MI Preview
  5. Punjab Kings – PBKS Preview
  6. Rajasthan Royals – RR Preview
  7. Royal Challengers Bangalore – RCB Preview
  8. Sunrisers Hyderabad – SRH Preview

IPL 2021 Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Preview: Final Hurrah For MS Dhoni & Suresh Raina?

Chennai Super Kings Preview – IPL 2021.

April 2, 2011—”Dhoni finishes it off in style…India lift the World Cup after 28 years.” Exactly 10 years from the World Cup victory, it is possibly the final time we will see captain MS Dhoni & his eternal partner in crime, Suresh Raina.

After a disappointing 2020 season, do MS Dhoni & Suresh Raina have one final memory for the fans?

Also Read: MS Dhoni & Suresh Raina retire: A Tribute, IPL 2021 Auctions Review

IPL History

2010, 2011, 2018 – (Champions)2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2019 (Runners Up), 2009, 2014 (3rd)

How Did They Do Last Year?

7th. 6 wins, 8 losses. Loss of Suresh Raina & Harbhajan Singh before the tournament and never really in contention. The athletic Faf du Plessis & Ruturaj Gaikwad were the only positives.

Injury & COVID-19 News

Josh Hazlewood has pulled out of IPL 2021. The bio-bubble effect is taking a toll on players’.

Complete Chennai Super Kings Squad

Batsman: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Cheteshwar Pujara, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, C Hari Nishaanth, Narayan Jagadeesan,

WK: MS Dhoni, Robin Uthappa

All-Rounders: Krishnappa Gowtham, Ravindra Jadeja

Spinners: Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Karn Sharma

Fast Medium: Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagath Verma

Overseas: Moeen Ali, Dwayne Bravo, Sam Curran, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner

*Josh Hazlewood (withdrawn)

Predicted CSK XI

1. Faf Du Plessis, 2. Ambati Rayudu, 3. Suresh Raina, 4. Ruturaj Gaikwad/Robin Uthappa, 5. MS Dhoni (C/WK), 6. Ravindra Jadeja, 7. Moeen Ali/Dwayne Bravo, 8. Sam Curran, 9. Deepak Chahar, 10. Shardul Thakur, 11. Imran Tahir

Watch Out For

  • Shardul Thakur – Since the historic India vs Australia series, Shardul Thakur has been India’s X-factor, taking crucial wickets in the middle overs. The highest wicket-taker in both the England T20Is & ODIs, he is one to watch out for.
  • Youngsters Tamil Nadu won the Syed Mushtaq Ali this year with Hari Nishaanth, Jagadeesan, and S Rai Kishore. With Ruturaj’s coming of age in IPL 2020, these bunch will give CSK the much needed age balance.

Where Can Things Go Wrong For the Super Kings?

  • The lack of out and out pace – Thakur, Chahar, Sam Curran, & Dwayne Bravo are all smart bowlers, but none have pace to send shivers through the opposition batsmen. With 8/14 of CSKs games at historically high scoring venues of Mumbai & Bangalore, I am not sure if they have enough variation in their attack. Tahir, R Sai Kishore, Jadeja, Gowtham, Moeen Ali, Santner, Karn Sharma would be a dream attack in Chennai, but no home advantage in COVID induced era has thrown their plans off.

Also Read: 7 Things that Went Wrong With CSK in 2020, CSK All-Time XI

Venues & Fixtures


Mumbai – 5 matches, Delhi – 4 matches , Bangalore – 3 matches , Kolkata – 2 matches


*Note: There is no home advantage in IPL 2021. Here is how “Home vs Away” is divided.

  • 10 April: CSK vs DC (Mumbai)
  • 16 April: PBKS vs CSK (Mumbai)
  • 19 April: CSK vs RR (Mumbai)
  • 21 April: KKR vs CSK (Mumbai)
  • 25 April: CSK vs RCB (Mumbai)
  • 28 April: CSK vs SRH (Delhi)
  • 1 May: MI vs CSK (Delhi)
  • 5 May: RR vs CSK (Delhi)
  • 7 May: SRH vs CSK (Delhi)
  • 9 May: CSK vs PBKS (Bangalore)
  • 12 May: CSK vs KKR (Bangalore)
  • 16 May: CSK vs MI (Bangalore)
  • 21 May: DC vs CSK (Kolkata)
  • 23 May: RCB vs CSK (Kolkata)
  • 25 May: Qualifier 1 (Ahmedabad)
  • 26 May: Eliminator (Ahmedabad)
  • 28 May: Qualifier 2 (Ahmedabad)
  • 30 May: Final (Ahmedabad)


  • Return of Raina, addition of Uthappa/Pujara, & youngsters might bolster the lineup, but the lack of home advantage would be too much to cope with. If they can win a few of the first 5 matches in Mumbai, they should have a settled lineup in Delhi.
  • Game Plan: Simple. Win at least 3 out of the first 5. Otherwise out of the reckoning early.
Most Runs Ambati Rayudu
Most WicketsShardul Thakur
Emerging PlayerR Sai Kishore
Surprise PackageRobin Uthappa
X FactorShardul Thakur
Broken Cricket DreamMS Dhoni, Imran Tahir retire forever?
Chennai Super Kings Preview Predictions

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CSK has now played 7 games and are ranked 7th with 2 wins and 5 losses in IPL 2020.

A team that has emerged victorious thrice and always qualified for the semi-finals or playoffs are second from the bottom at the half-way mark. Their impeccable record displayed below is in danger.

  • 2010, 2011, 2018 – (Champions), 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2019 (Runners Up), 2009, 2014 (3rd)

From the golden days from 2008-2015 to the Dad’s Old Army comeback win in 2018, CSK have managed to find a way. After the pandemic and subsequent international retirements of MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina, something just does not feel right this time around.

Apart for Faf du Plessis’s acrobatics and consistency at the top of the order and the revelation in Sam Curran, nothing is going right for the Chennai Super Kings. Even Ravindra Jadeja is dropping catches and missing direct hits.

Let us find out why.

After the 7th game, here are 7 Reasons Why CSK Are Struggling.

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1. CSK Prepared for Chennai

Chennai went into the IPL 2020 auction with the MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chepauk) in mind. The pitches at this ground are known to be slow and turning.

At the 2020 IPL auction, CSK acquired Piyush Chawla (leg spinner) and R Sai Kishore (left arm orthodox) to bolster their already strong squad of spinners:

Imran Tahir, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, Harbhajan Singh along with Kedar Jadhav and Suresh Raina

Although Sam Curran and Josh Hazlewood were strong buys, CSK are currently lacking middle order stability and varied fast bowling options on these UAE pitches.

Some of the players they released? Mohit Sharma, Scott Kuggeleijn, David Willey and Sam Billings.

2. Harbhajan and Raina

Before the tournament started, concerns of the bio-secure bubble in CSK’s camp jolted their preparation.

Although 13 players tested positive and later recovered, the casualties were Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh. Both opted out of IPL 2020 for personal reasons.

What are we missing here? Let the stats tell you the story:

Raina: 193 matches, 5368 runs, best of 100*, 1-100/38-50s, and the arguably best IPL inning of all time.
Harbhajan: 160 matches, 150 wickets (5th highest), 7.05 economy, best of 5/18

Suresh Raina has been the best batsman in the IPL and an icon for CSK. CSK are missing a left-right combination at the top, a part-time spinner, and a wonderful fielder.

Without his services, CSK are clearly struggling.

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3. Injuries

Ambati Rayudu had led CSK to victory in the opening game with an unbeaten 71. A hamstring injury ruled him for the next couple of games, which further exposed CSK’s brittle middle order.

Add to that Dwayne Bravo’s knee injury that kept him out of the first five games, CSK really did not have much of a squad to play with.

Without four of their key players for the majority of the first 5 games, it is not difficult to see why CSK are in the current position.

4. Lack of Gametime

In March, the world stopped and so did cricket.

Courtesy England, cricket restarted in the middle of the summer. England, West Indies (international and CPL), Pakistan, Ireland, and Australia had all played some cricket.

Rajasthan Royals have Jos Buttler, Steven Smith, Jofra Archer, Tom Curran, and now Ben Stokes – all having played intense international cricket for the past few months.

CSK is just another story. Sam Curran and Josh Hazlewood (common theme, isn’t it?) are the only two players with decent domestic and international cricket behind them.

Most of the other players have retired from international cricket or domestic cricket. Players like Watson only play IPL and PSL in the entire year.

Dhoni has not played since that run-out. Yes, that one. You know exactly what I am talking about.

  • Dhoni’s previous game before the IPL? 9 July 2019
  • Ambati Rayudu? 17 November 2019
  • Murali Vijay, just a tad better. 9 December 2019
  • Kedar Jadhav – played 2 ODI’s in February 2020 with returns of 26*(15) and a patchy 9 (27) against New Zealand. Before that 25 December 2019.

That was 4 of CSK’s top 6 at one point. Just digest that for a second.

The other one in top 6 being Shane Watson, who except for one innings, has looked out of sorts.

5. Bravo

509 T20 wickets and 6331 runs. What a player.

Dwayne Bravo’s designated role is to be the death overs bowler and lower order finisher for CSK.

He was one of the players expected to be in rhythm with some game time under his belt from the CPL. What actually happened?

He sustained a knee injury in the later stages of the CPL with TKR’s unbeaten run to the top. He was in the team in the final but did not bat or ball.

Hence he missed the first few games for CSK. So apart from having a struggling top 6, CSK were also missing the services of talisman Dwayne Bravo at No. 7.

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6. Lack of Intent and Batting Order

Kedar Jadhav was brutally trolled on Twitter after his lackluster display against KKR a few days ago.

Botched chases have been common for CSK this year. Taking the game deep is no longer an option. Here is CSK’s score at the halfway stage (10 over mark) in each of their games:

  • 70/2 chasing 163 vs. Mumbai Indians (Won)
  • 82/4 chasing 217 vs. Rajasthan Royals (Lost)
  • 47/3 chasing 176 vs. Delhi Capitals (Lost)
  • 44/4 chasing 165 vs. Sunrisers Hyderabad (Lost)
  • 101/0 chasing 179 vs. Kings XI Punjab (Won)
  • 90/1 chasing 168 vs. Kolkata Knight Riders (Lost)
  • 47/2 chasing 170 vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore (Lost)

Two phrases that have come up in every post-match analysis thus far?

Lack of urgency and lack of intent. On air, Kevin Pietersen was extremely critical of Ambati Rayudu’s absence of intensity and energy in running between the wickets in his innings of 42 (40) against RCB.

In each game lost, there has been similar innings’ from the middle order.

  • Dhoni 9(12) (before hitting 3 sixes to get to 29 (17) and the team to 200 vs RR)
  • Vijay’s 10 (15) and Watson’s 14 (16) vs DC
  • Dhoni and Jadeja pushing the required rate up. Needed 78 off 24 before accelerating vs. SRH
  • Kedar Jadhav’s 7 (12) vs. KKR
  • Rayudu’s 40 (42) vs. RCB

The lack of game time is causing each batsman to bide their time, which is hurting the team’s overall performance. Maybe Sam Curran and Ravindra Jadeja should be pushed up the order in the next few games.

You can play for the Net Run Rate as much as you want….but you need the points on the Points Table in the first place for all that to even matter.

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7. Team Management And Aging Squad

CSK is filled with match-winners.

Stephen Fleming and MS Dhoni are known to back people even when they are struggling. The most famous example is the team management persisting with Shane Watson. Watson repaid the faith in 2018 qualifiers/finals and almost took them home in 2019 as well.

Even this year Shane Watson came back with an unbeaten 83*(53) after struggling initially.

The downside of backing match-winners? Players of the quality of Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi, Josh Hazlewood, and Mitchell Santner are warming the bench and young Indian talent like Jagadeesan not getting many chances.

And of course, the older the squad, the lower the fielding standards.

Where Can CSK Go From Here?

Is there still hope? Yes. CSK fan’s are recalling the 2010 campaign, when they came back from a similar position to win their maiden IPL trophy.

The Chennai Super Kings can still win, but they need to up their intensity, correct their batting order, put faith in youngsters, utilize the mid-season transfer window wisely, and some magic.

My take? Every great team has its ebbs and flows. Even a once-in-a-generation Spain football (soccer) team of the 2010 FIFA World Cup glory had to bow out in the group stages after an unbeaten run.

Every good thing comes to an end.

Some people are calling Shane Watson to retire. Others have been calling for Dhoni’s. I think it is time that the entire CSK team just retire.

Stephen Fleming and MS Dhoni have led CSK to greatness consistently for over a decade. It is time the Chennai Super Kings start afresh again.

2020 has been a grim year. CSK not qualifying for the playoffs will just set that in stone.

Sources: Cricinfo,, Cricbuzz
Image Courtesy: Getty Images; Suresh Raina – Image courtesy of Public.Resource.Org via Creative Commons 2.0

CSK All-Time XI: Dad’s Army Most Consistent

CSK All-Time XI, let us start with the obvious. MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina – the twin retirements that shook the world. Now that international cricket is off their mind, who knows they might play even better!

In the All-Time CSK XI, Thala and chinna thala are the two pillars of CSK, but who else is a guarantee?

Even after the two year exodus, CSK has come back with the ‘Dad’s Army’ and won it in style. How long can do they with these old stars? Only time will tell.

CSK has ALWAYS made it to the playoffs—they are just that good. When the odds are in their favor, they win. When the odds are not in their favor, they definitely win.


Meanwhile, here is our All-Time CSK XI.

*Note: CSK were banned between 2016-2017, so these players played for other teams then.

The Catch

  • In slow turning Chennai pitches, Ashwin, Jadeja, Jakati, and Harbhajan have all played monumental roles – can you fit all four of them in?
  • At the top of the order, it seems CSK have a revolving door of Australians – Matthew Hayden made way for Mike Hussey, who was eventually replaced by Shane Watson (there is a Faf in the mix too). Who do you pick?

The Highlights

  • 2010, 2011, 2018 – (Champions), 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2019 (Runners Up), 2009, 2014 (3rd)

MY CSK All-Time XI

  1. Mike Hussey (2008-2015)
  2. Murali Vijay (2009-2013, 2019)
  3. Suresh Raina (2008-2019)
  4. Ambati Rayudu (2018-2019)
  5. MS Dhoni (2008-2019) – Captain/WK
  6. Subramaniam Badrinath (2008-2013)
  7. Ravindra Jadeja (2012-2019)
  8. Albie Morkel (2008-2013)
  9. Dwayne Bravo (2011-2019)
  10. Ravichandran Ashwin (2009-2015)
  11. Imran Tahir (2018-2019)

Honorable Mention: Shane Watson (2018-2019), Deepak Chahar (2018-2019), Shadab Jakati (2009-2012), Faf du Plessis (2012-2019)

Audience Poll – CSK All-Time XI

  • Pick 11 players from the list – with 4 foreign players maximum.
  • You need to have a wicketkeeper and at least 5 bowling options.

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Sources: Cricinfo StatsCricinfo IPL All-Time XI

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Top 32 Best Fielders in Cricket History: Jonty Rhodes, Paul Collingwood…Can You Guess The Rest?

Who are the best fielders in cricket history? Today, we answer that exact question.

Discussing the best fielders in cricket history is hardly a debate. Jonty Rhodes is the best cricket fielder of all-time, with Paul Collingwood, Ravindra Jadeja, Andrew Symonds, Ricky Ponting, Brendon McCullum, AB De Villiers, and Herschelle Gibbs coming close behind.

There have been plenty of great fielders in cricket—Great slip catchers, forward short leg specialists, direct hitters, etc. Today we create a list of 32 best cricket fielders of all-time and produce a modern day XI comprising of just fielding legends. Here is a quick preview of the Top 32 Cricketers of All Time (by country): India surprisingly makes #1 with 9 best cricket fielders of all time, South Africa with 6, Australia with 5, and New Zealand with 4 in the best fielders in cricket history list.

Best Fielders in Cricket History (By Country)

CountryNumber of Players Players
South Africa9Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Kaif, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Eknath Solkar, Kapil Dev, Virat Kohli, Rahul Dravid, Mohammad Azharuddin
India 6Jonty Rhodes, AB De Villiers, Herschelle Gibbs, Colin Bland, Faf du Plessis, Jacques Kallis
Australia5Ricky Ponting, Steven Smith, Andrew Symonds, Glenn Maxwell, Mark Waugh
New Zealand4Martin Guptill, Trent Boult, Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor
West Indies3Kieron Pollard, Roger Harper, Gus Logie
England2Paul Collingwood, Ben Stokes
Sri Lanka2Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene
Pakistan1Shahid Afridi

Today’s Twist – Best Fielders in Cricket History Who Can Form a Playing XI

Suresh Raina’s retirement received numerous tributes, especially on his fielding. In a conversation with Harsha Bhogle, Raina was asked from a list of 10 great fielders, which 5 would he choose to field in the inner circle.

This inspired us to do another post on World XI: With Twists, this time made up of the best fielders in cricket history.

Create a World XI consisting of the best fielders in the modern game. The twist is that these best fielders should be able to play together in a match. Hence, we need to have at least one player who could also be a wicket-keeper (2nd skill) as well as five players who could bowl, preferably two fast bowlers.

There have been numerous wonderful fielders in the past, so to narrow our search, we also have the following constraints:

  • We limit our XI to the past 30 years. Players like Roger Harper or the great Eknath Solkar at short leg are in our extended squads.
  • We make a distinction between fielding and catching. Fielding consists of direct-hits, diving stops, and acrobatic catches. Rahul Dravid, Mahela Jayawardene, and Jacques Kallis have stellar records as catchers and are in the extended squad.
  • Specialist wicketkeepers like Adam Gilchrist and Mark Boucher are not considered. However, AB De Villiers, Brendon McCullum, and Dravid are considered since they regularly played both roles.

Catches Win Matches

There have been several middle-order batsmen with great fielding skills, but then who would bowl? We would love to stack our line-ups with the great South African and Australian batsmen, but we need to keep the balance of the side in mind.

Best Fielders in Cricket History: Modern Era

Here is our XI. We have an XI consisting of 3 Australians, 2 South-Africans and Kiwis, along with 1 player each from Sri Lanka, India, England, and the West-Indies.

We have a left-arm pace bowler (Boult), Collingwood and Pollard with their medium pace dibbly-dobblies, Jadeja the left arm spinner, and Symonds/Dilshan contributing part-time off spin overs. AB De Villiers will keep the gloves. I would love to have Herschelle Gibbs or Mohammad Kaif in my XI—a useful lower order batsman, but then we would have to either drop a wicket-keeper or a bowler.

1. Martin Guptill (New Zealand)

Martin Guptill is known for his incredible fielding skills, which include taking diving catches, running out opponents and snatching boundary catches. He was also the hero of several match-saving moments like his direct hit against MS Dhoni in the 2019 Cricket World Cup Semi-Final. His ability to play any position on the field, combined with his quick reflexes, make him one of the best fielders in the world.

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2. Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka)

Tillakaratne Dilshan is known for his brilliant fielding skills, especially at the backward point position, where he frequently takes catches and bowleds as well as diving saves. His quick reflexes are what makes him one of the best fielders in the game.

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3. Ricky Ponting (Australia)

Ricky Ponting, the pillar of Australian national cricket team, was known for his stellar fielding skills, especially in the mid-on and mid-off positions. He was capable of taking direct hits and making spectacular run outs with accurate throws from any part of the field. His hat-trick of run-outs against South Africa in a Test match in 2006 is one of the best examples of his fielding prowess. He was also capable of taking catches and saving boundaries with ease. His ability to read the game and anticipate the play ensured that he was always in the right position when it mattered.

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4. Steven Smith (Australia)

Steven Smith’s fielding skills are often overlooked due to his batting prowess. He is a brilliant fielder and takes one-handed diving catches with ease, especially at the 2nd slip or backward point position. His agility and quick reflexes have made him one of the best fielders in cricket and he has pulled off some stunning catches over the years.

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5. Jonty Rhodes (South Africa)

Jonty Rhodes single-handedly revolutionized fielding, with his diving catches and direct hits becoming the stuff of legends. His amazing reflexes combined with his agility made him one of the best fielders in the game. He was capable of taking spectacular catches at backward point or third man, making running run-outs almost effortless and snatching direct hits while everyone else could only watch in awe. He was truly a master of his craft and the perfect example for modern fielders to look up to. He has left an indelible mark on the game with their sublime fielding skills. He will always be remembered as the best fielder in cricket history.

South African national team will forever be indebted to Rhodes for establishing the fielding legacy that is now associated with them.

Has there ever been anyone better than Jonty?

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6. AB De Villiers (South Africa)

  • Fielding Position: 2nd/3rd Slip, Wicketkeeper, Backward Point
  • Known For: Acrobatic Diving Catches
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The Proteas have another great fielder in Ab De Villiers. He is an all-rounder, known for his acrobatic diving catches and incredible reflexes. His ability to take spectacular catches at 2nd/3rd slip, wicketkeeper and backward point made him a vital part of the South African team’s fielding unit.

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7. Paul Collingwood (England)

Paul Collingwood deserves a mention as one of the best cricket fielder the world has ever seen. His exemplary fielding skills at backward point made him an invaluable asset to the English team over the years. He was known for his incredible reflexes and acrobatic one-handed diving catches, like the famous Matthew Hayden catch during an Ashes series.

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8. Andrew Symonds (Australia)

  • Fielding Position: Short Cover/Short Mid-On, Short Mid-Off
  • Known For: Direct Hits
  • Cricket Fielding Videos:

Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds was a brilliant fielder in his own right. His fielding prowess at short cover/short mid-on, and short mid-off positions was legendary, known primarily for his direct hits. He had an uncanny ability to anticipate the play and execute perfect run-outs even from seemingly impossible situations.

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9. Ravindra Jadeja (India)

No list of the best fielders in cricket is complete without Ravindra Jadeja. The all-rounder from the Indian cricket team has been a vital part of their fielding unit since his debut, known specifically for his rocket throws from backward point and direct hits. From Indian Premier League to international cricket, he has made his name with fielding heroics.

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10. Kieron Pollard (West Indies)

Kieron Pollard is one of the most athletically gifted fielders in cricket. His ability to take boundary-rider catches, or pull off one-handed dives to save runs has been a key part of West Indies’ fielding display over the last decade. Former captain and a retired international now, he can play with freedom for the rest of his career.

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11. Trent Boult (New Zealand)

Trent Boult is a valuable asset to the New Zealand cricket team. His fielding skills at boundary and cover point are remarkable, known for taking sensational catches on the ropes or sprinting back from deep mid-wicket for spectacular one-handed grabs. He has also taken some of the greatest caught & bowled wickets in recent years as well.

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Best Catches in History of Cricket (Video)

Before we move on to the rest of the 21 best cricket fielders, do check out this video.

Top 20 Cricket Catches

The Squad – Best Fielders in Cricket History of All-Time

*Note, this squad is in no particular order since judging fielding standards is quite subjective.

12. Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)

One of the most memorable fielders in cricket, Brendon McCullum is a special mention for his superhuman fielding skills. His catching ability at cover-point and wicketkeeping was second to none. He was known for taking amazing diving saves in tight situations, no matter how hard the ball was hit, making him an outstanding ground fielder. One of the most charismatic cricket personalities at the Brisbane Cricket Ground in the Big Bash, India in the IPL, and back at home as captain.

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13. Mohammad Kaif (India)

  • Fielding Position: Backward Point/Cover, Long On/Long Off
  • Known For: Revolutionizing India’s fielding standards
  • Cricket Fielding Videos: Mohammad Kaif

Mohammad Kaif was one of the most important fielders for the Indian team and his contribution towards revolutionizing their fielding standards will always be remembered. His ability to take catches at backward point, cover, long on, or long off were exemplary. His catch diving over Dinesh Mongia against Pakistan in 2004 still gives me chills.

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14. Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa)

Yet another South African cricketer in the list. Herschelle Gibbs was a brilliant fielder during his playing days and his name is still remembered for his outstanding run-outs and diving catches. He was known for taking some spectacular catches at backward point or cover, and then there were the run-outs which helped South Africa win many important matches. One of the most electric fielders in the history of cricket.

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15. Colin Bland (South Africa)

  • Fielding Position: Cover
  • Known For: “Speed, Balance, and exceptional throwing arm”

According to ESPNCricinfo, Colin Bland “will go down in cricket history as one of the greatest cover fielders.”

*Colin Bland was born in Zimbabwe (then, Rhodesia) but played Test cricket for South Africa.

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16. Suresh Raina (India)

Also Read: MS Dhoni and SK Raina Retire: An End of An Era

The former Indian cricketer, Suresh Raina is remembered for his energy and enthusiasm on the field. He was the perfect example of how a fielder should be. His catches at backward point or cover are still talked about, particularly those sensational one-handers which he made look so easy. His quick reflexes at short mid-wicket made him a valuable asset to the Indian team.

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17. Glenn Maxwell (Australia)

The Aussie all-rounder, Glenn Maxwell is an outstanding fielder and has pulled off some miraculous catches and saves in the deep. His passion for the game and his high energy levels on the field make him a fan favorite. He is undoubtedly one of the greatest modern-day fielders in cricket history.

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18. Yuvraj Singh (India)

  • Fielding Position: Backward Point
  • Known For: Along with Kaif, changed the look of India’s fielding
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Another Indian international cricket on the list, Yuvraj Singh will always be remembered as a great fielder alongside Kaif & Raina. He was an exceptional fielder at backward point and his catches were often described as ‘effortless’. His fielding contributed to many of India’s victories.

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19. Roger Harper (West Indies)

The former cricketer from West Indies, Roger Harper was known for his direct hits. Another gem in line of West Indian legends.

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20. Eknath Solkar (India)

  • Fielding Position: Forward Short Leg
  • Known For: One of the Greatest Short Leg fielders
  • Cricket Fielding Videos:

The former Indian cricketer Eknath Solkar was one of the greatest short leg fielders in the world. He was an outstanding fielder at the forward short leg position. He is remembered as one of the finest.

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21. Virat Kohli (India)

  • Fielding Position: Cover/Mid On/Long on/Long off
  • Known For: Low-Diving Catches, Energy on the field
  • Cricket Fielding Videos:

The former Indian captain, Virat Kohli needs no introduction. He is probably the most complete cricketer in the world right now and an outstanding fielder to add to it. His low-diving catches, quick reflexes and athleticism are unmatched. Probably the greatest ODI player, the Indian international cricketer is an inspiration to many aspiring cricketers out there.

Also Read: Virat Kohli’s 25 Best Innings Across International Formats (RANKED): Mohali 2016, MCG 2022, Hobart 133*, Adelaide 141…Which One is Your Favorite?

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22. Faf du Plessis (South Africa)

The former South African cricketer, Faf du Plessis is world-renowned for his boundary saves and acrobatic catches. To be able to take those seemingly impossible catches without any effort, he will be regarded as one of the excellent fielders of the era.

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23. Gus Logie (West Indies)

Gus Logie was an outstanding fielder at the forward short leg position. He would be placed directly at the batsman’s feet and this would make it difficult for them to get past him.

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24. Mark Waugh (Australia)

The former Australian national team cricketer, Mark Waugh was an excellent fielder. He was known for his diving catches at the slip and cover positions.

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25. Kapil Dev (India)

The former Indian captain, Kapil Dev was known for his running catches at the square leg position. He was an outstanding fielder and had a great eye to judge where the ball was going. His catch in the 1983 World Cup final has gone down as one of the best ever seen on a cricket field.

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26. Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)

  • Fielding Position: Mid Off/Long Off/Long On
  • Known For: Running Catches
  • Cricket Fielding Video:

The former Pakistani cricketer, Shahid Afridi was an excellent fielder at mid off, long on and long off. He had the ability to judge the flight of the ball accurately and take running catches. One of his most memorable catches was the 2009 T20 World Cup where he took a spectacular catch diving forward.

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27. Ben Stokes (England)

The current English cricketer, Ben Stokes is an outstanding fielder. He has the ability to take one-handed catches at the boundary and deep cover positions with ease. His unbelievable catch against South Africa during the 2019 World Cup is one of the best ever seen in cricket history. Nasser Hussain’s “You Cannot Do That, Ben Stokes” captured that moment vividly in history.

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Best Slip Fielders in History of Cricket

28. Rahul Dravid (India, 210 Test Catches)

Rahul Dravid was the first cricketer to 200 Test catches. He was well renowned for his slip-catching ability, regularly taking catches with both hands in the most difficult of positions. He set a benchmark for others to follow and is one of the greatest ever slip fielders. He also lead India numerous times, as a captain, fielder, and the unbreakable Wall. Now, Team India’s current coach.

Also Read: Rahul Dravid Biography: What Dravid Taught Me

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29. Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka, 218 ODI Catches, 205 Test Catches, 17 T20I Catches)

Mahela Jayawardene is the most prolific fielder across formats.

He holds the record of 218 ODI catches, 205 Test catches, and 17 T20I catches. He was an outstanding fielder at the slip with a safe pair of hands. Jayawardene set the benchmark for modern day cricket in terms of fielding in all three formats.

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30. Jacques Kallis (South Africa, 200 Test catches)

Truly an all-round cricketer. Kallis was a fine fielder at the slip position and holds the record for most catches taken by a South African cricketer in Test cricket – 200. He took some outstanding catches during his illustrious career and is one of the best slip fielders ever.

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31. Mohammad Azharuddin (India, 156 ODI Catches)

3rd highest ODI catches was taken by Azhar.

He was also an accomplished batsman in international cricket and captained India for a period for a better part of the decade.

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32. Ross Taylor (New Zealand, 142 ODI Catches)

Southee & Boult were a prolific ODI bowling pair with safe hands at slip. 4th Highest ODI catcher of al-time.

Also Read: Ross Taylor, An Underrated Cricketer Who Was A Giant Among New Zealand’s Greatest Generation

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Honorable Mentions: Yajurvindra Singh, Alastair Cook, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Jimmy Anderson, Stephen Fleming

Cricket Philosophy: T20 Cricket Has Helped Improve Fielding Standards

Ever since T20 cricket came into existence, there has always been a debate between Test vs T20— traditional vs newer ideas.

I think there is space for both formats to coexist. Regardless, the one benefit from 21st century technology and T20 cricket is the focus on fitness. In a fast-paced T20 game, a run-out or diving save can change the outcome of the match.

Therefore, we have witnessed a large number of incredible efforts on the boundary in recent years. Fielding is no longer an ‘extra’ skill—it is now the norm.

Anyway, slightly older video, but I am going to leave you with few of the best catches in cricket below. Enjoy, SUBSCRIBE, and comment below who your favorite fielders/ best fielding memories are.

Also Read:

Best Fielders in Cricket History – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who is the best fielder in cricket history?

Jonty Rhodes from South Africa is considered the best fielder of all time in cricket.

Who are the Top 5 fielders in cricket history?

Jonty Rhodes (South Africa), Paul Collingwood (England), Andrew Symonds (Australia), Ricky Ponting (Australia), and Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa) are considered the Top 5 cricket fielders in the history of the game.

Which fielder has the most catches in Test match cricket?

Rahul Dravid (210), Mahela Jayawardene (205), Jacques Kallis (200), Ricky Ponting (181), and Alastair Cook (175) took the most catches in Test match cricket.

Which fielder has the most catches in ODI cricket?

Mahela Jayawardene (218), Ricky Ponting (160), Mohammad Azharuddin (156), Ross Taylor (142), and Sachin Tendulkar (140) has the most catches in ODI cricket.

Who was the best cricket fielder in the slip position?

Rahul Dravid, Mahela Jayawardene, and Jacques Kallis are considered the best slip fielders of all-time.

Who was the best cricket fielder in cover position?

Colin Bland from South Africa is considered the best fielder in the cover position.

Who was the best cricket fielder in the forward short-leg position?

Eknath Solkar from India is considered to be the best fielder in the forward short leg position.

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Twitter Special II: # First Memory

First Memory of MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina

Earlier this week, MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina hung their boots. Tributes flew from all over the world, cricketers from different countries, and fans on Twitter.

This week on Twitter Special, we did a #FirstMemory reflecting on our first memory of MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina respectively.

Here are some of the responses we have received so far. Enjoy the ride and comment below on your own #FirstMemory of Dhoni and Raina.

The Tweet I – My Memory

1. Broken Cricket Dreams (@cricket_broken):

“MSD: Listening to radio commentary between Ind-SL on roadtrip when Dhoni hit 183.

Raina: Obstructing the field to Inzamam-Ul-Haq

#Dhoniretires #RainaRetires

The Tweets II – MS Dhoni Special

2. Aviral Rai (@cric_fan23):

“My first memory of MS DHONI which i can recall very fondly is…that Innings against Sri Lanka at Jaipur…I remember after returning from school…”

“I saw the scorecard of the Sri Lanka read as 298 runs after 50 overs…those days it was a massive total.. Everyone had the hopes that Sachin & Sehwag duo can change the things for India..As Indian Innings got underway..Sachin was dismissed in the very first over..”

“By Vaas after scoring 2 runs…it couldn’t have a been worse start than this…then walks MS DHONI in at number 3..We have seen what he can do against Pak at Vizag..but can he deliver under immense pressure in a massive run Chase…he started his Innings in blazing fashion..”

“Hitting Vaas over extra cover for 2 massive sixes…i was Literally amazed how easily he’s hitting those out of the park..then it was all MS show from there on…Smashed Farvez Maharoof for four just straight over the Umpires head…that was brute power..I tell you..”

He was hitting sixes with ease…bashed Upul Chandana all over the ground…hitting 10 sixes in an Innings those days were massive massive achievement..when he hit that winning six against Dilshan…whole India knew…this man is special.. he’s not afraid of the runs.”

“No pressure during run-chase..calm cool & composed…and he’s having the brute power..on his day he can murder any bowling line-up..from that day..I always wanted to see MS the time passed..his legacy continued to grow..and now as he has bid aideu to this game..”

“Only one thing I can say is…there can’t be another MS DHONI..the void will be always there…”He was once a generation player”

3. JustCricket (@justcricketblog):

“my first fond memory of msd was during the Pakistan series when Pervez Musharraf who was Pak president appreciated him and told him to keep the hairstyle. For Raina its not a particular match but his fielding stood out very early”

4. Vandit

“It was about a month later [of Dhoni’s 183], when we visited India, and my grandparents had saved some newspaper cuttings from that ODI series. I went through all of the newspapers, and this Dhoni innings stood out (India won that series 6-1 so it was hard for one thing in particular to stand-out).

“I remember adding up the number of runs he made from boundaries and realising he made as many runs from sixes as from fours (unheard of at the time). But I only thought of him as a wicketkeeper batsman and would never have imagined the impact he would eventually have with his captaincy.”

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5. Aviral Rai (@cric_fan23) – II:

“Coming on to Raina…his first memory which i can recall is his match Winning Innings against England at Faridabad in 2006… India were chasing 230 odd runs and We were at 92/5..then MS & Raina joined in the Middle…MS played the supporting role to Raina in that game…”

“Very fluently Raina took the attack to the English bowlers…on his day Raina was a pure match winner in the shorter formats..and that was his day..that day he announced to the World Cricket that a guy from UP is going to be a hero in the future…he made 81* in that game…”

“And took India to a victory in that tough run Chase…till 2008..his place in the side was not fixed..after that Asia Cup in 2008..where he tonked then second fastest hundred by an Indian against Hong Kong..he was a permanent member in the side…”

“That was my #FirstMemory of those two legends..hope you enjoyed reading this…Thanks mate…”

6. itz_raghav_(@RJ_Ra_gh_av)

@ImRaina “I remember the day when you scored your first century (2008), I was 7 years old ……when u got out I write your name in my hand and keep telling everyone that Raina hits a hundred #firstmemory. Thanks for the millions of memories u gave us to celebrate.” #rainaretires

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Sources: Twitter

MS Dhoni and SK Raina Retire: An End of An Era

Few batsmen score over 10000 runs with an average above 50 in ODI cricket. Fewer still contribute 444 dismissals as wicket-keeper. Hardly anyone can be credited with captaining teams to World Cup victories in T20s and ODIs, No.1 Test ranking, and multiple IPL championships. [1]

MS Dhoni did all three.

After Martin Guptill’s run-out of Dhoni that effectively ended India’s World Cup dreams in 2019, Dhoni’s retirement was on everyone’s mind. Will he? Won’t he?

A year on down in times of COVID-19, MS Dhoni delivered the news in classic MS Dhoni style—in a subdued Instagram post. Shortly thereafter, his partner in crime, Suresh Raina, joined in retirement on Twitter.

Thala and Chinna Thala, or leader and juinor leader, as they are known in Chennai, MS Dhoni and SK Raina were synonymous with the Indian 2011 world cup winning team and numerous CSK victories. We look back at the illustrious careers of this dynamic duo, Dhoni and Raina—the stalwarts of Indian cricket team over the past decade and a half.

The Stats

Raina and Dhoni both hailed from small towns in Ghaziabad and Ranchi respectively. Their rapid rise to international cricket is an inspirational story with hardwork and overcoming obstacles. In Dhoni’s case, the story captured by the late-Sushant Singh Rajput in M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story.

Both Dhoni and Raina were multi-dimensional cricketers. While the Indian team revolved around Dhoni’s finishing ability, wicket-keeping skills, and captain cool nature, it was Raina’s fielding and off-spin that provided the team balance. Here are brief snippets of their statistics:

MS Dhoni:

  • ODI: 10773 runs, 50.57 average, best of 183*, 10-100s/ 73-50+ scores, 229 sixes, 321 catches/123 stumpings
  • T20I: 1617 runs, 37.50 average, best of 56, 52 sixes, 57 catches/ 34 stumpings
  • Test: 4876 runs, 38.09 average, best of 224, 6-100s/33-50+ scores, 256 catches/38 stumpings

Suresh Raina:

  • ODI: 5615 runs, 35.51 average, best of 116*, strike rate 93.5, 36 wickets
  • T20I: 1605 runs, 29.18 average, best of 101, strike rate of 134.67, 13 wickets
  • Test: 768 runs, 26.48 average, best of 120, 13 wickets

Although the numbers do not convey everything, Dhoni’s 50+ average and 84 not-outs reveals why he was considered the best finisher of the generation. As long as Mahi is there at the end, India was still in the game.

While Dhoni was India’s finisher, Suresh Raina was India’s insurance policy. If the top-order needed support, Raina was there. Jitters in the middle order? Raina was there. Need to score quick runs and accelerate? Raina was there. His consistently high strike rates reflect how good he was at reading situations and executing accordingly.

The legendary trio of Yuvi-Mahi-Raina rescued India on numerous occasions from dire situations.

My First Memory

My first memory of MS Dhoni in international cricket that caught my eye…did not actually involve watching Dhoni at all. I was on a road trip when an India-Sri Lanka ODI match was taking place.

We were listening to the commentary on a patchy radio station and checking the scores via paid text messages with spotty networks (yep, those days). The new kid on the block was promoted to No.3. Next thing you knew, he started to hit it out of the park.

He scored some runs, and then some more. The network disappeared and came back again. More sixes, more fours. Network out, back again. Eventually, with boundaries galore, India successfully chased 299 (which in 2005 was a huge score). Dhoni 183 not out.

Similarly, my first Suresh Raina memory did not actually involve his batting. Or his bowling. Or his catching. It was the one and only time I have ever seen a wicket by obstructing the field to Inzamam Ul-Haq.

That incident caught my eye. Like Mohammad Kaif, another captain from Uttar Pradesh before him, Suresh Raina was a marvelous fielder at backward point.

The Championships

MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina were pillars of India’s ascent to the top between 2007 and 2013. An era that started with MSD captaining a bunch of unknown youngsters to the 2007 World T20 finals (although Raina was not in that team) and extending till the 2016 T20 world cup.

Victories at the 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 ODI World Cup at home, 2013 Champions Trophy along with semi-finalists at the 2015 ODI and 2016 T20 world cups. Not a bad record, I would say.

Even though Suresh Raina made his name in ODI cricket, he had an impact in each format. With a century on Test debut in Sri Lanka and a century in the 2010 World T20, he was the first Indian to score centuries in all three formats.

The Highlights

There are several records and victories associated with these two, but what highlights of Dhoni and Raina will I remember the most? I will remember:

Dhoni’s stumpings, Dhoni’s sixes, Dhoni’s press-conferences

MSD’s glovework was second to none. Whether it is lightning-fast stumpings, between the legs-run out, the DRS calls, or that last ball run-out in the T20 World Cup, he redefined wicket-keeping.

The trademark helicopter shots, that 91* in the World-Cup final, finishing off with a six for a fun. And finally, out of nowhere, in a middle of the test series in 2014, the retirement in Australia.

And Raina? For me, personally, I will remember his hoicks over mid-wicket and his absurd 87 off 25 in IPL 2014 Qualifiers. The best IPL innings of all time in my opinion. Regardless,

The beauty of a great Suresh Raina innings is you remember the impact, not the score.

More often then not, Raina was unbeaten at the end. Raina’s 34*(28) and 36*(39) in the quarter-finals and semi-finals chases were just as important as Gambhir’s 97 or Dhoni’s 91 in the final.

The Legacy

But every good thing has to come to an end, right? Dhoni’s distinguished career had to end anti-climatically with a run-out. Raina, marred by injury issues, retired at the age of 33, only playing 3 ODIs after the age of 29, when batsmen are usually at the prime.

Their legacy though would be determined by their partnership. MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina remind me of the movie, Ratatouille. Okay, let me explain.

Both of them, were great cricketers in their own right. Together, though, they were like cheese and strawberry.

Combined together, something really special was created.

As dependable finishers in the middle-order, one of the best runners-in-between the wickets, wicket-keeper and off-spin bowling partners, or as captain and #3 batsman at CSK as Thala and Chinna Thala, it was their partnerships together that made this journey memorable.

It is only fitting that they retire from international cricket together. Let us sit back nicely and watch them in the IPL while we can for a few more days.

The Videos:

To conclude, here is are some nice videos by the ICC and Cricket Australia on Dhoni and Raina:

  1. Tribute to Dhoni
  2. “Dhoni finishes off in style”
2011 Cricket World Cup – Dhoni finishes chase with a six

3. Dhoni’s sixes (360 view)

4. Raina’s Run-out (2016 T20 World Cup)

5. Raina’s 36 – 2011 Semi-Final

6. Raina in Australia

What were your favorite Dhoni and Raina memories? Comment below, share, and subscribe! If you like to read more about cricketing heroes, check out our tribute to Rahul Dravid.

Sources: [1] Quote adapted from Stanley Wolfart, [2] ESPNCricinfo – Statistics, [3] YouTube, [4] – Videos, [5], [6] Vandit

Image Courtesy of vijay chennupati / CC BY creative commons license, some rights reserved (Suresh Raina)

Image Courtesy of Blnguyen / CC BY-SA (MS Dhoni)