Glenn Maxwell
2017 Records: Glenn Maxwell has been acrobatic on the field. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

There has been this saying that ‘catches win you matches’ as it has occasionally proved costly for the teams and simultaneously a blessing in disguise for the batsmen in the recent past and ‘2017 Records’ suggests so in many ways.

In 2017, we have witnessed some spectacular catches, but we are present you the list of most number of catch in the season which surprisingly sits at one-dozen in figures.

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There has been much heartbreak for the teams which include the easiest of the chances were being grassed, and the fresh example was Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera, who dropped Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed in the all-important quarterfinal clash of the ICC Champions Trophy.

There are numerous players who are considered while having the safest pairs of hands and one among them is youngster Hardik Pandya from India Faf du Plessis from South Africa, David Warner from Australia and Joe Root from England.

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Here’s the list of players, who have completed most number of catches in 2017:

Glenn Maxwell 12 Catches 13 Matches:

The batting all-rounder of Australia Glenn Maxwell has been struggling with the bat, and his dip in the form has further forced the Cricket Australia (CA) national selectors to force him further to sit on the sidelines, however, when it comes to the ground fielding he becomes the safest option to be relied upon.

Of late, the 29-year-old Melbourne-born Maxwell has struggled across formats. However, the explosive batsman played just seven Tests for Australia.

In 13 matches, Maxwell claimed 12 catches in the 50-over format which further saw some remarkable catches.

Hashim Amla 18 matches 12 Catches:

The prolific run-getter in the contemporary cricket Hashim Amla has been the prominent professional for his national team – to register records after another while being equally good at catching the ball.

The 34-year-old Durban-born top-order batsman has scored at will particularly in the 50-over format. He is averaging at 51.25 in 158 ODIs. The feast for the eyes with the bat, Amla smashed 26 hundreds in the ODI cricket.

Including the ICC Champions Trophy fixtures, Amla went on to register 12 catches under his belt in 18 matches, as the overall tally in ODIs, his catches have risen to 81.

Babar Azam 18 matches 12 catches:

Owing to the stellar run in the limited-overs cricket, the 23-year-old Babar Azam has been a great find for Pakistan cricket and world cricket in general.

The right-handed batsman Azam has all the shots in his book and knows how to tackle the dicey situation.
Moreover, in the fielding, Azam, who’s known for athleticism has been the man to watch out while donning the national jersey on the ground.

The stroke-maker in the form of Azam has smashed so far seven hundred and seven fifties respectively in 35 innings of 36 ODIs since making his 50-over debut in May 2015 against Zimbabwe at iconic Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
In 18 ODIs, Azam collected 12 catches to seal the third spot in 2017.

Kusal Mendis 12 catches in 22 games:

Sri Lankan Kusal Mendis, who has been touted as next big thing after the retirement of veteran batsmen Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.

The 22-year-old Moratuwa-based batsman Mendis featured in 39 ODIs in which he scored 1,156 runs at an average of 32.11, and according to his calibre at such a young age it does not describe his that much of the performance with the just solitary hundred under his belt.

However, Mendis has claimed 12 catches in 22 matches while representing the Lions.
Since making his ODI debut at Dublin against Ireland in July 2016, Mendis so far claimed 19 catches in 39 ODIs and is considered as one of the decent fielders in the Lankan camp.

Kedhar Jadhav – 25 matches 12 catches:

The 32-year-old Pune-based Kedhar Jadhav has been on the role for the Men in Blue with the bat in particular and the ball in a nutshell.

The right-handed batsman Jadhav is averaging 41.94 in 26 innings of 27 ODIs which further saw him scoring 797 runs. He has also smashed two tons and three fifties.

In 19 innings, Jadhav with his off-spin bowling has claimed 16 scalps which saw him bagging 19 catches, however, in 2017, the promising professional registered 12 catches in 25 ODIs to finish the top-five list of most number of catches.

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Here’s the table:

Player name No. of matches Innings Catches
Glenn Maxwell 13 13 12
Hashim Amla 18 18 12
Babar Azam 18 18 12
Kusal Mendis 22 22 12
Kedar Jadhav 25 25 12

Tahir Ibn Manzoor

Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Cricket Addictor, who follows cricket like food and he has a great affection for the long-form journalism. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor