Dale's one, even down to the celebration
Thinking about this further, I think the fielding is what sets ODI's apart from the other two formats. For mine there was nothing better than watching Australia in the field in the late 90's-early 00's in home ODI's with Ponting, Bevan, Symonds, Clarke, MWaugh etc fielding, particularly when they fielded second as the light was fading.
Andrew Symonds 143*
People tend to forget Roshan Mahanama. Jaysuriya, Kumar Dharmasena, Upul Chandana were as good as Dilshan today in their hayday. Mahanama was in a different class though.
Member of the Sanga fan club. (Ugh! it took me so long to become a real fan of his)
yeah, Mahanama was exceptional. Probably in the Jonty, Symonds class
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
Oh yeah and inb4tendulkarhighjacksallthreads
Yes I'd rate Jonty as one of the best.
I rate 10 to 30 runs saved per match via ground fielding more important than safe hands.
Probably fair to say Rhodes is up there as the greatest fielder in ODIs, although as pointed out the likes of Symonds and Gibbs were pretty worth challengers.
In Tests though it's all about catching IMO, and slips fielders obviously have the best chance of contributing in that area. Mark Waugh probably the best I've seen, but I was relatively young and not an obsessive cricket fan during his career (particularly his prime) so I may just be a victim of the old rose coloured glasses there.
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Easily in the top 10 and probably in the top 5. Don't think anyone can say categorically who the best is/was as different people have different opinions about what made them great. How can you compare a great slip fielder with a backward point etc...
All you can say is that Jonty was brilliant at what he did and made fielding fun to watch.
Why are batsmen in general better fielders than bowlers? Is there more to it than the greater need for a faster reaction time and hand eye coordination for batsmen?
Probably because batsmen can afford to throw themselves around in the field more than bowlers
There will be lots of factors that add up to the whole, i'd imagine, with that being one of the main ones. There's also the fact that the physical exertion of fast bowling doesn't exactly lend itself to jumping and diving around the field. It would be interesting to know why many of those who bowl at the highest level don't fit the perception of someone 'athletic' in the most basic visual sense.
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