In cricket we often hear the phrase catches win matches, how many times have we seen a catch being dropped and the batter going on to score a huge total. The importance of fielders in cricket is very evident since the fate of the match can change with every catch caught and every run saved is crucial. The following are the top 5 players with most catches in the Women’s ODI.
1. Suzie Bates (66 catches)
Suzie Bates the former captain of New Zealand’s national team and is Arguably the best all-round fielder in Women’s cricket. Bates contributes not only with the bat and ball but also is a contributor in the field. Bates sets an example as captain for the entire team with her remarkable fielding. She holds the record for most catches in ODI history with an impeccable 66 catches in 123 innings. She is the most dependable fielder and the safest pair of hands in Women’s cricket.
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2. Jhulan Goswami ( 64 catches)
Second in the list is Jhulan Goswami, She’s not only the world’s leading wicket-taker in women’s one-day international but also an outstanding fielder. The Indian All-rounder uses her height and speed to her advantage in the field. Goswami has an impressive 64 catches in 181 innings, Goswami contributes to every aspect in the game of batting, fielding and bowling. She’s a true all-rounder of the game.
3. Stafanie Taylor ( 58 catches)
Third on the list is West Indies Skipper Stafanie Taylor who is the successor of Merissa Aguilleira. Popularly known for leading her team to victory in the 2016 T20 World Cup and being the player of the tournament. Taylor is an excellent outfield fielder who always performs on the occasion. Taylor has 58 catches in 126 innings.
4. Alex Blackwell (54 catches)
Next, we have Alex Blackwell, the former Australian batsman. Blackwell has made 251 appearances for Australia and is also known for playing with her identical twin Kate Blackwell making them the first identical twins to play cricket for Australia. Blackwell is known for being a trustworthy fielder in the already strong fielding side of Australia. Blackwell has 55 catches in 144 ODI matches backing her strong batting performances with her outstanding fielding.
5. Mithali Raj (53 catches)
Lastly, we have Mithali Raj one of the longest-serving servants of Indian cricket and arguably the greatest name in Indian Cricket history. Mithali Raj’s batting stats speaks for itself but she is also a world-class fielder who leads her team by example. Raj has 53 catches in 208 ODI matches.