An excellent fielder can change the course of a match through his strenuous efforts on the field. Like other T20 Leagues, fielders play an essential role in the Indian Premier League as well. IPL is history is marked with such notable fielders who played a key role in the victory of their team in analytic moments of the match. Today, we will look at the top 10 Best Fielders in IPL history.
List of 10 Best Fielders In IPL History
From Suresh Raina to David Warner and from Kieron Pollard to Ravindra Jadeja, there have been many top-class fielders in the history of IPL. Not only, did they provide breakthroughs through their classic run-outs and difficult catches; but they also changed the result of the match by making unbelievable catches for their team.
Now, let us look at some of the best Fielders in IPL history.
Former National Indian Cricketer Suresh Raina takes the top spot on our list. Sonu has played for Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Lions in the IPL. He is regarded as the Best Fielder in the IPL.
Raina has picked up 102 catches in 197 IPL matches from 2008 to 2021. He is is the only fielder in IPL to take 100 catches in IPL history. Apart from it, He also set many records in the Indian Premier League as well. Suresh Raina is also the first-ever Batsman to score 5,000 runs in IPL.
Also, Raina is the first Indian and 2nd Player overall to hit 100 sixes in IPL. Above all, he is the currently Best Fielder in IPL history.
Modern Day West Indian Cricketer and Captain Kieron Pollard grabs the 2nd spot on our list. He is nicknamed Polly and Bigman for his aggressive batting style in Cricket. Since his debut in IPL in 2010, Pollard is currently playing for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.
So far, Kieron Pollard has played 170 matches in the all-seasons of IPL and he has managed to pick up 92 catches. Nobody can come near to aggressive batting when it comes to Polly. He holds many records in IPL for his batting and fielding.
Pollard took the Best Debut Performance award in IPL 2010. He was Man of the final in IPL 2013. Apart from it, he also grabbed the Perfect Catch of the Season award in IPL 2019. Pollard also remained the Super Striker of the season in IPL 2020.
Above all, he is the 2nd best fielder in the IPL history.
Present Day Indian National cricketer and Mumbai Indian Captain Rohit Sharma holds the 3rd spot on our list. His friends have given him the nickname of Hitman to him. Rohit played for Deccan Chargers for the first three seasons of IPL. However, he was purchased by Mumbai Indian in 2011. Since then he is part of Mumbai Indians in IPL.
Rohit has played 206 matches in IPL from 2008 to 2021 and he managed to grab 89 catches. The Hitman has set many records in the IPL. He is the only player to score a hundred and pick a Hat-Trick in IPL History.
Apart from it, Rohit Sharma is the most successful IPL captain, claiming five IPL trophies in 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019. Also, he takes the 3rd spot on Most runs in the IPL list.
Above all, Rohit is an excellent fielder and deserves a spot on our list.
Ab De Villiers
There is nothing that Mr. 360 Can not do. So, how can we miss him in the best IPL Fielders list? Ab De Villiers initially played for Delhi Daredevils, but he moved to Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2011. What else he is doing when he is not scoring runs, Yup picking up catches with his excellent fielding.
Former South African Professional Cricketer ABD took 83 catches in 176 IPL matches. That shows, what a good fielder he is. Apart from it, De Villiers also holds the most Man of the Match record which now reaches 26. Moreover, he also recorded many other achievements in International cricket as well.
Above all, he is 4th best IPL fielder in all seasons.
Current Indian International Cricketer Shikhar Dhawan places his name on our list at the 5th position. Also called Gabbar and Jaat Jee for nicknames, he played for Mumbai Indians, Deccan Chargers, and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the past. Now, Dhawan is playing for Delhi Capitals since 2019.
Apart from being the excellent opener in the IPL, Gabbar is also a magnificent fielder as well. He has taken 81 catches in 183 IPL matches so far. Moreover, he is also the only player to score two back-to-back centuries in IPL history. Dhawan did that in IPL 2020 season.
In short, Shikhar Dhawan is the 5h best fielder in IPL history.
Are you familiar with the name? Yes, Current Indian Captain Virat Kohli grabs the 6th spot on our list of great fielders in IPL history. He made his IPL debut in 2008 with Royal Challengers Bangalore, Since then he is part of the RCB Team Squad in all IPL seasons. In 2013, RCB picked Kohli as their Captain.
Kohli has grabbed 79 catches in 198 IPL matches so far. Apart from it, He is the 2nd player after Suresh Raina to score 5,000 runs in the IPL. Moreover, he is the first player in IPL history to cross the 6,000 runs mark.
All in all, Virat Kohli is a superb athlete and he deserves to be on our list.
Previous West Indies Captain Dwayne Bravo takes the 7th slot on our list of Best IPL Fielders. Also known by the name of DJ Bravo, the Trinidadian cricketer earlier played for Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, and Gujrat Lions. In 2018, Chennai Super Kings again retained him for Rs. 64.0 million.
Bravo has taken 76 catches in 143 IPL matches so far. He was the purple cap winner in IPL 2013 and 2015. He is an acrobatic fielder in the ground and a good entertainer as well.
At number 8, we have present-day Indian Cricketer Sir Ravindra Jadeja. In the past, he played for Rajasthan Royals and Kochi Tuskers Riders but in 2012, he became part of Chennai Super Kings. Jadeja has helped his team many times won the match by taking difficult catches when needed.
He has caught the ball 73 times in 189 matches. Apart from it, He is an excellent hitter of the ball as well. In needy times, he has given his best for his teams and led his side to victory.
Talented and Young Indian National cricketer Manish Pandey grabs the 9th spot on our list of greatest IPL fielders. Previously, he played for Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Kolkata Knight Riders, before becoming part of Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2018.
Pandey has picked up 71 catches in 150 IPL matches. He is superb when it comes to fielding in cricket. Apart from it, he has also claimed Man of the Match awards for his performances with the bat multiple times in IPL.
Experienced Australian opener David Warner makes the final spot on our list. He played for Delhi Daredevils before being contracted by Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2014. In 2018, he was declared the captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad. He is a splendid striker of the ball who likes to open for SRH.
Warner has taken 68 catches in 148 IPL matches. He is the first Cricketer to score consecutive T20 hundreds. In 2014, he won the Orange Cap after becoming the leading run-scorer of the tournament. He claimed the Orange Cap in IPL for the second time in 2017.
Again, Warner won the Orange cap in IPL for the third time in IPL 2019. Above all, he is one of the best fielders in IPL history.
So, here is our list. Who do you think should make it on our list. Let us know in the comments.