Former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid was a prolific fielder and recorded the maximum number of catches in test cricket.
Dravid’s teammate Harbhajan Singh dialled back the era and ushered us into a wave of nostalgia after sharing a video which included The Wall’s best moments in the field.
Out of Dravid’s 210 test catches, the majority was caught off the bowling of The Turbanator and Anil Kumble. The veteran’s vigilance in the slip cordon was essential in India’s success in the subcontinent. Dravid caught 51 and 55 catches off the bowling of Harbhajan and Kumble respectively. Watch the video below:
Outstanding catcher Rahul Dravid 👌👌 pic.twitter.com/DnLQhKlHPVAdvertisement
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) June 30, 2020
Several former cricketers were quick to acknowledge the efforts of their teammate. VVS Laxman lauded the efforts as sensational. While modern-day spinner R Ashwin was also mesmerized with the video compilation.
Sensational 👏👏👌 https://t.co/gwNkTCriXO
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) June 30, 2020
Absolutely brilliant! https://t.co/vYSvdMKyNs
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) June 30, 2020
Wow !! Just wow https://t.co/vQh6Mbb8QX
— Ashwin (During Covid 19)🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) June 30, 2020
Dravid played 164 Test matches for the nation amassing 13,288 runs with an average of 52.31. The player became a lethal close range fielder and is only one of the three players to record more than 200 catches in test cricket with Mahela Jayawardene and Jacques Kallis being the other two.
Among his teammates, fellow middle-order batsman VVS Laxman comes next with 135 catches in 134 test matches.
The Wall was also quite a presence in the ODI format after fielding in close quarters and even donning the gloves for a while which includes the 2003 World Cup. He recorded 196 catches and 14 stumpings in his career.
Dravid mastered the art of slip fielding and has gone onto reveal that quite a deal of practice went into it. Anticipating the height of the ball according to the bounce of the pitch is crucial to estimate the distance from the stumps. The player would also went on to say that he practiced with various kinds of balls at different heights and speeds to get used to slip fielding.