In 30 Days, 30 Questions:
Question: Who is the best fielder in the game today?
We frequently hear it being said that a run saved is a run scored and catches win matches. The importance of the men responsible for these acts – the fielders – cannot be overstated, especially in limited-overs cricket.
Over the years there have been fieldsmen who have enthralled with their agility, acrobatics and anticipation, none perhaps more enigmatic than Jonty Rhodes who manned backward point like a vigilant sentry. Before the livewire South African brought in focus the until then largely-neglected art of fielding, there were others too – Roger Harper and Roshan Mahanama are names that come first to the mind – who electrified at close-in positions.
Which brings us to the identification of the sharpest of the current lot – a tough ask considering the huge improvement in fielding standards in the last 15 years. So, is it one of the Indian Young Turks – Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina or Ravindra Jadeja? Is it a naturally-gifted specimen of physicality from the Antipodes? Is it England’s sprightly Eoin Morgan? Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan or Pakistan’s Younis Khan? How about one of the supremely and casually stunning members of the West Indian team. Or is it South Africa's AB de Villiers?
Send in your comments, but bear in mind that this is an exercise to spot the best current fielder — so save the shouts for former players like Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja. Let the voting commence. The best responses will be featured on the page.
[Update, March 31]: It's safe to say, the verdict is heavily in favour of one man, and he responds to the nickname AB. Here are some of the comments.
Riya is clearly smitten by the South African:
Without a doubt it's AB de Villiers, a man who can occupy any fielding position, even behind the stumps, and come up with some spectacular saves! He's a brilliant athlete and can take some really high ones for his short height. Yep, my vote goes to AB baby! :)
I find Kohli and Raina amazing. But the other superb fielders in my point of view are AB de Villiers (though he does a lot of keeping) and Dilshan. Their many stunning acts turn around so many games.
Josh reminds us about a couple of exceptional Black Caps:
What about the Martin Guptill? Or Ross Taylor who is establishing himself as one of the best slippers in the game?
Pushap, along with many others, throws in a couple of Indians into the list:
Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Mahela Jayawardene
Sumitra picks Mr. Cricket:
I am really surprised that no one has yet named Michael Hussey who is a great asset for the Australian team. He is currently the top fielder and a dependable batsman.
Thanks for your comments. We look forward to your participation again tomorrow.