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Stats: Top 10 players with most catches in World Cup history

Players with most number of catches in World Cup history

Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting

Australia’s two-time World Cup winning captain Ricky Ponting leads the list of players to have taken the most number of catches in World Cup cricket. The Tasmanian has taken 46 catches in 28 games since making his debut at the mega event in 1996.

Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya is in second place with 18 catches in 38 matches. New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns is in third place with 16 catches in 28 games and he is tied on the same number with Pakistan’s Inzamam Ul-Haq and West Indies’s Brian Lara. 

Graeme Smith comes in next with 15 catches and he shares the number 5 spot with Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene. Indian leg-spinning great Anil Kumble is joined by Australia’s 1999 World Cup-winning captain Steve Waugh at 7th position and Sri Lankan batsman Aravinda de Silva with 14 catches.

Top 10 players with most catches in World Cup history
Rank Player Name Matches Catches
1. Ricky Ponting 28 46
2. Sanath Jayasuriya 38 18
3. Chris Cairns 28 16
  Inzamam Ul-Haq 35 16
  Brian Lara 34 16
5. Graeme Smith 20 15
  Mahela Jayawardene 33 15
7. Anil Kumble 18 14
  Steve Waugh 33 14
  Aravinda de Silva  35 14

Stats updated till February 4, 2015.

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