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5 greatest instances of fielding in the history of the World Cup

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Presence of mind in the field is an invaluable skill - and on the world cup stage, it is essential - especially in a pressure situation.

Some of these players have been innate fielders - some of them simply had the presence of mind to put themselves in the right position at the right time.

Here are some such instances.


Steve Waugh, Australia vs India, (1992)



He may have become one of Australia's best captains later in his career, but Steve Waugh always knew how to take charge. In a league game between Australia and India at the 1992 World Cup, hosts Australia were defending a total of 237 runs, with Dean Jones making a valiant 90 runs before tumbling caught and bowled.

India got off to a poor start as well, and openers Ravi Shastri and Kris Srikkanth failed to fire - Shastri got out for a cheap 25 runs, while Srikkanth saw a duck. Skipper Mohammad Azharuddin was the sole firepower in the side with 93 runs, before being run out by his Australian counterpart, Allan Border.

Sanjay Manjrekar attempted to notch up a half-century to buoy the team, but also felt short of his ground. With three fewer overs to notch up their total because of the rain (and a very insignificantly reduced total), all India had were bowlers Kiran More, Javagal Srinath, Manoj Prabhakar and SLV Raju waiting to bat. More hit a couple of boundaries and lost his wicket, with Srinath and Raju at the crease.

Srinath created a catching opportunity for Waugh when the ball sailed to the boundary, with India needing 3 runs to tie. Waugh missed the catch, but quickly recovered to send the ball back to keeper for that game, David Boon.

That retrieval and recovery saw the end of what was a very close contest.


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