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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 India Sri Lanka
Ajinkya Rahane takes a brilliant one-handed catch to dismiss Kumar Sangakkara

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.

Most catches in a Test match

Catches

Player  Country Opposition Venue 
8 Ajinkya Rahane  India Sri Lanka Galle
7 Greg Chappell Australia England  Perth
  Yajurvindra Singh  India England  Bangalore
  Stephen Fleming  New Zealand Zimbabwe Harare
  Hashan Tillekaratne  Sri Lanka New Zealand Colombo
  Matthew Hayden  Australia Sri Lanka Galle
6 Andrew Shrewsbury England Australia Sydney
  Bert Vogler South Africa England Durban
  Frank Woolley England Australia Sydney
  Jack Gregory Australia England Sydney

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.

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