Catches win matches?

Do catches really win matches?

Do catches really win matches?

Just when all thought it is over, it isn’t!

We all heard about how India’s dismal fielding let them down in the recently concluded test series. But when checked ball by ball (literally!), it surprisingly turned out that England has displayed far worse performance in fielding. Let’s dive into the details that I got after churning the commentary of all the test matches in the series.

  1. England dropped 13 catches throughout the tournament while India dropped only 9 catches.
  2. Stuart Broad was the most unlucky bowler with 7 dropped catches on his bowling.
  3. Matt Prior dropped the most number of catches (4) in the first 2 test matches and this resulted in a 112 runs loss (highest loss by any player in the series) for the team had he taken all the chances.

Though all the above insights indicate England fielding to be in the red but the following insights might make it clear why India’s dismal fielding impacted them more.

  1. India suffered 279 runs from the dropped chances while England suffered only 237.
  2. MS Dhoni dropped a couple of catches which resulted in 85 runs (highest for India)
  3. Jadeja who is considered to be one of the best fielders in the team dropped Cook on 15 runs, eventually continued to get his highest score (95) of the series and return in form.
  4. Jos Butler who was dropped twice, made most of his chances by scoring 97 runs more.
  5. Ian Bell dropped 2 catches but was too lucky as only 7 runs were scored by the batsman before getting out.

At the beginning of the series, both the captains were under the scanner. MS Dhoni’s poor overseas record as a captain and Alastair Cook’s disastrous performances as a batsman. Both teams made it a point to give them a chance to recover from their respective batting forms.

Both Cook and Dhoni were dropped 3 times in the entire series. (Most for any batsman in the series)

The following table contains the details of the catches dropped in the series. Do let me know if you know of any dropped catch which is not included in the list.

Test match no.

Team fielding

Catch dropped by

Batsman

Score when dropped

Final score

Difference

Bowler

1

England

Anderson

Dhoni

52

82

30

Broad

1

England

Prior

Dhoni

52

82

30

Broad

1

India

Vijay

Anderson

41

81

40

Shami

1

India

Kohli

Robson

43

59

16

Jadeja

1

England

Cook

Dhoni

5

11

6

Broad

1

England

Prior

Vijay

0

52

52

Anderson

2

England

Prior

Kohli

19

25

6

Moeen Ali

2

England

Prior

Vijay

0

24

24

Broad

2

India

Rahane

Robson

8

17

9

Shami

2

England

Root

Bhuvaneshwar

2

52

50

Broad

2

England

Bell

Jadeja

66

68

2

Stokes

2

India

Dhoni

Moeen Ali

15

39

24

Jadeja

3

India

Dhoni

Butler

24

85

61

Shami

3

India

Jadeja

Cook

15

95

80

Pankaj Singh

3

England

Jordan

Bhuvaneshwar

19

19

0

Broad

3

England

Root

Jadeja

14

31

17

Broad

3

England

Anderson

Rohit

5

6

1

Anderson

4

England

Butler

Ashwin

26

40

14

Anderson

4

India

Kohli

Butler

34

70

36

Bhuvaneshwar

5

England

Bell

I Sharma

2

7

5

Jordan

5

India

Rahane

Cook

71

79

8

Ashwin

5

India

Vijay

Cook

66

79

13

Aaron

Do let us know which insights you liked in the comments box below.

Data Courtesy: ESPN Cricinfo

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