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10 bowler-fielder combinations with most dismissals in Tests

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Cricket has always been known to be remembered by great batting or bowling partnerships - a few of the modern ones which the world most recall are pairings like Hayden-Langer, Wasim-Waqar, Tendulkar-Ganguly, Kumble-Harbhajan, etc - but what misses out is attention to the fielder, who invariably ends up contributing to a wicket for the bowler.

Sportskeeda recalls 10 of the most successful bowler-fielder combinations which have brought most dismissals together as a pair in Test match cricket.

#10 Makhaya Ntini and Jacques Kallis – 35 (1998 - 2009)

Makhaya Ntini got 390 Test wickets for South Africa while Jacques Kallis bagged 200 catches

One of South Africa’s pace spearheads throughout the early twenty-first century, Makhaya Ntini not only became the first black African to play Test cricket for his country but also produced one consistent performance after another in a career spanning over 11 years. Mingling good pace with accurate line and length, Ntini’s deliveries often landed in the safe hands of behind the wicket fielders, with most of them being pouched by veteran Jacques Kallis.

The all-rounder who superbly held the responsibility of fielding at one of the most crucial positions formed an association with Ntini where both would end up affecting 35 dismissals in total. While Ntini finished with 390 Test wickets, Kallis got 200 catches in his longtime serving South Africa.

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