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5 iconic bowler-fielder combinations

S Samaddar
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Several remarkable fast bowler-wicketkeeper combinations have gone down in cricketing history, but bowler-fielder combinations have been no less important to the sport - they have, on several occasions, been critical to the team's success.

Here is a look at the most memorable bowler-fielder combinations ever in Test cricket.

#5 Lance Gibbs-Garry Sobers (1961-1973), 39 catches

West Indies Cricket Team
Garry Sobers (sitting at the centre) and Lance Gibbs (sitting extreme right) with the West Indian team

The West Indian off-spin bowler is one of the greatest to have played the game. He was the very first spin bowler to take 300 wickets in Test cricket. Gibbs ended his career with 309 wickets, and 39 of those fell to catches taken by Sir Garfield Sobers.

Over a period of 12 years, they combined remarkably well - Sobers was an especially outstanding fielder, and when Gibbs bowled, he usually fielded at slip or in the close-in positions.

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