Was edited in, yes he was, and a very underrated opener.
Just an over sight on my part.
Simpson^ | Hayden | Bradman | Chappell^ | Ponting | Border* | Gilchrist+ | Davidson3 | Warne4^ | Lillee1 | McGrath2
Greenidge | Hunte | Richards^ | Headley* | Lara^ | Sobers5^ | Walcott+ | Marshall1 | Ambrose2 | Holding3 | Garner4
Richards^ | Smith*^ | Amla | Pollock | Kallis5^ | Nourse | Waite+ | Procter3 | Steyn1 | Tayfield4 | Donald2
Hobbs | Hutton*^ | Hammond^ | Compton | Barrington | Botham5^ | Knott | Trueman1 | Laker4 | Larwood2 | Barnes3
Three of the finest slippers ever, Taylor, Waugh and Richardson probably just misses on on the batsman side.
Over all probably between Sobers, Chappell, Lara and Hammond, don't think Viv was quite up there as an elite slip fielder as compared to in the covers.
It is even more difficult to compare the great slip fielders from different eras than it is with batsmen and bowlers. Lets just accept that Hammond, Simpson, Mark Taylor, Mark Waugh etc. were all truly great slip fielders. There is no point in trying to rank them. Inany event it cant be done objectively
Dravid probably deserves a mention too... for the majority of his long career he was an exceptional slipper. Dropped a bunch of catches towards the end but was otherwise safe as a house... comfortably better than Lara and Gavaskar imo
Dravid also comes from a country with a poor tradition in fast bowling. Invariably great slip fielders (including all those with great catching stats) come from teams with powerful pace attacks. Dravid comes from a country where spinners continued to be the major wicket takers for his entire career. Of course, spinners too get people caught at slips but nowhere near as often as the pacers do. Great spinners, as the Indian trio of the 60's and 70's do produce close in catches but a very large number of them are squarer to the wicket which is why Solkar, that great close in fielder, standing in the short leg cordon has nearly 2 catches per Test.
Dravid has 1.28.
In the 100 Test catches club of 30 (so far) Dravid's C/T ratio is 10th. This is remarkable considering that of the nine players above him, only Jayawardane comes from a team without a great pace attack.
Code:Player Country Career Tests Catches C/T Simpson, R B Australia 1957-1978 62 110 1.77 Fleming, S P New Zealand 1994-2008 111 171 1.54 Taylor, M A Australia 1989-1999 104 157 1.51 Smith, G C* South Africa 2002- 107 152 1.42 Waugh, M E Australia 1991-2002 128 181 1.41 Jayawardene Sri Lanka 1997- 138 194 1.41 Chappell, G S Australia 1970-1984 88 122 1.39 Chappell, I M Australia 1964-1980 76 105 1.38 Hammond, W R England 1927-1947 85 110 1.29 Dravid, R India 1996-2012 164 210 1.28
Dravid and Mahela will be included, but dob't agree that Dravid was better than either, Mahela is just brilliant and Lara took some spectacular grabs off the quicks and the ocasional spinner and was very cobsistent as well.
At the risk of being an uber-pedant, the Chappell brothers both played one fewer Test than the table above shows, so their ratios will improve slightly.
And smalishah's avatar is the most classy one by far Jan certainly echoes the sentiments of CW
Yeah we don't crap in the first world; most of us would actually have no idea what that was emanating from Ajmal's backside. Why isn't it roses and rainbows like what happens here? PEWS's retort to Ganeshran on Daemon's picture depicting Ajmal's excreta
Figured it out. HowStat thinks this was a Test but CricInfo/CricketArchive etc doesn't count it as one because it was abandoned without a ball being bowled. I reckon it was one, tbh, because there was a toss, but there you go.
Whilst the Australian Board of Control recognised this match as an official Test to be included in match statistics, nearly all statisticians around the world do not do so.
Yeah, I knew that was considered a Test by some, but hasn't realised it was in any way official or taken seriously by anybody.
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