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5 top catches by wicket-keepers in ODIs since the turn of the century 

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940   //    20 Sep 2017, 17:32 IST

One of the best wicketkeepers of all time
One of the best wicketkeepers of all time

Wicketkeepers are inarguably the players tasked with the toughest job in cricket. They go up and down hundreds of times a day, cannot afford to take their eye off the ball and are also expected to bat long hours, with a drive to score runs quickly.

The agility, reflexes and strength required to qualify as a top wicketkeeper is at a level very few reach. 

Over the years we've seen some great catches being taken by wicketkeepers in all formats of the game but in this list, we focus on those few great catches taken, in one-day internationals. 

#5 Kumar Sangakkara vs England

At number five we have former Sri Lankan captain and legend Kumar Sangakkara who has amassed a massive tally of 400 plus catches during his illustrious playing career.

But we focus on this particular dismissal because on show here is Sangakkara's ability to read the game situation superbly, resulting in Bopara's wicket. 

As he watches Bopara attempting a paddle sweep shot on a poor Herath delivery, Sangakkara judges the shot the Englishmen is going to play, moving his position behind the stumps and takes a smart catch to get rid of Ravi Bopara. 

The wicket-keeper turned a bad ball and an ideally good shot into a wicket-taking opportunity. Only a player of Sangakkara's calibre could pull something like that off and make it look so simple. 

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