Ajinkya Rahane breaks world record for most catches (8) by a fielder in a Test match
Rahane picked up eight catches in the Galle Test - three in the first innings and five in the second - to claim the record for most catches by a non wicketkeeper in a single Test match.
Ajinkya Rahane became the first non-wicket-keeper to take eight catches in a single Test match. No outfielder had managed to take more than 7 catches in a match and the 27-year-old walked into the record books when he caught Rangana Herath at slip off Amit Mishra in Sri Lanka’s second innings.
The previous record of 7 catches were shared by five cricketers, one of which was Australia’s Matthew Hayden who achieved the feat also at Galle, where the first Test between India and Sri Lanka is underway.
Rahane had picked up three catches in the first innings and followed it up with five more in the second innings, including a one-handed stunner to get rid of the dangerous Kumar Sangakkara. He caught Lahiru Thirimanne in both innings while the other six were all different batsman.
Among wicketkeepers, England's Jack Russell and South Africa’s AB de Villiers share the record for most catches (11), while two former Indian cricketers Gursharan Singh and Virender Sehwag shares the record for most catches by a substitute fielder (4) along with Younus Khan of Pakistan.
|8||Ajinkya Rahane||India||Sri Lanka||Galle|
|Stephen Fleming||New Zealand||Zimbabwe||Harare|
|Hashan Tillekaratne||Sri Lanka||New Zealand||Colombo|
|Matthew Hayden||Australia||Sri Lanka||Galle|
|Bert Vogler||South Africa||England||Durban|
India are on the verge of winning the first Test match at Galle, despite Dinesh Chandimal, who had two reprieves in his innings in the morning session, producing a fantastic knock of 162 runs.
That innings enabled Sri Lanka to set the visitors a target of 176 runs and India finished the day’s play on 23/1 after KL Rahul was dismissed cheaply for the second time in the match.