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    Quote Originally Posted by Daemon View Post



    Even our domestic scene is full of top class fielders.
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    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.
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    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.
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    yeah, Mahanama was exceptional. Probably in the Jonty, Symonds class
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    Quote Originally Posted by smalishah84 View Post
    yeah, Mahanama was exceptional. Probably in the Jonty, Symonds class
    I actually remember mahanama dropping a few simple ones.

    For me, the top 5 of the generation are Ponting, Jonty, Symonds, Harper and maybe de Villiers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazy Sam View Post
    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.
    Yeah, they really were outstanding. Starsports was showing highlights of Tendulkar's hundred in the cb series final of 2008, and even more impressive than Tendulkar's knock was Australia's all round fielding that day. They saved atleast 40-50 runs. No joke.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OverratedSanity View Post
    I actually remember mahanama dropping a few simple ones.

    For me, the top 5 of the generation are Ponting, Jonty, Symonds, Harper and maybe de Villiers
    The occasional drops will always be there by even the very best fielders. I remember Mark Waugh dropping some chances and Jonty as well but the vast majority of times these guys would be friggin outstanding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smalishah84 View Post
    The occasional drops will always be there by even the very best fielders. I remember Mark Waugh dropping some chances and Jonty as well but the vast majority of times these guys would be friggin outstanding.
    Didn't Waugh drop three in a match once?
    That was surreal

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    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.

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    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?

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    Probably because batsmen can afford to throw themselves around in the field more than bowlers

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by smalishah84 View Post
    Probably because batsmen can afford to throw themselves around in the field more than bowlers
    Yeah not many bowlers are great in the field, Anderson is an exception to that but can't think of many other fast bowlers who were. Been a few spinners who are very good in the slip cordon I guess.

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