Champions Trophy 2017: Drop catches report

Champions Trophy 2017: Drop catches report

CT 2017 was certainly not the best of tournaments catches wise.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya of India. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

Azhar Ali, you dropped the Champions Trophy 2017. Said, everyone, when he dropped a sitter at first slip and that was the catch of Virat Kohli but the Indian captain edged the very next ball to the backward point fielder to return to the pavilion. The Champions Trophy was indeed dropped but the culprit was Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera as he grassed Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed when they needed 44 runs to qualify for the semi-final with only three wickets in hand.

Following the drop, Pakistan didn’t look back an inch and turned out to be a brute force in the semis and finals as they took 20 wickets at 18.45 runs in the knockout games and scored 596 runs after the drop in the tournament at an average of 99.33.

The standards of catching weren’t as high as one would expect during the 8th edition of the tournament with many as 32 chances slipped across the 15 games. A total of 122 catches were recorded in the CT 2017, meant 20.77 percentages of catching opportunities including half-chances were failed to be grabbed.

India and Pakistan, who qualified for the finals, spilled 7 chances each in the tournament; the most by any side. Bangladesh were the only team that didn’t drop a single catch as they grabbed all the 6 catching chances they created in the 4 games.

While Sri Lanka managed to convert only 71% of the opportunities they received which is the lowest for any side but they were the beneficiaries as well as only 63% of the chances they gave while batting were caught by the oppositions.

Drop catches report for each team: (While fielding)

Team Chances Catches Dropped Percentage
Bangladesh 6 6 0 100
New Zealand 11 10 1 90.91
England 25 21 4 84
Australia 19 15 4 78.95
Pakistan 33 26 7 78.79
South Africa 13 10 3 76.92
India 26 19 7 73.08
Sri Lanka 21 15 6 71.43


Drop catches report for each team: (While batting)

Opposition Chances Catches Dropped Percentage
New Zealand 21 19 2 90.48
South Africa 14 12 2 85.71
Australia 13 11 2 84.62
England 22 18 4 81.82
Pakistan 24 19 5 79.17
Bangladesh 19 15 4 78.95
India 22 16 6 72.73
Sri Lanka 19 12 7 63.16


Talking about individuals, Virat Kohli was the luckiest batsman in the tournament as 3 of the catching opportunities he gave were grassed by the fielder and he scored an unbeaten fifties in two of those games while he failed to last more than one ball in the final.

Most catches dropped off a batsman:

Batsman Team Dropped chances
Virat Kohli India 3
Azhar Ali Pakistan 2
Asela Gunaratne Sri Lanka 2
Sarfraz Ahmed Pakistan 2
Jonny Bairstow England 2


The unluckiest bowler in the tournament was Hardik Pandya as he put down 2 catching chances of his bowling while three other catches were put down as well. Lasith Malinga also witnessed 4 of chances he produced going down off his bowling including 3 in the big game vs Pakistan, which if grabbed would’ve changed the outcome of the game.

Most catches dropped off a bowler:

Bowler Team Dropped chances
Hardik Pandya India 5
Lasith Malinga Sri Lanka 4
Kagiso Rabada South Africa 2
Shadab Khan Pakistan 2
Mitchell Starc Australia 2
Mohammad Amir Pakistan 2


Most catches dropped by a fielder:

Fielder Team Dropped chances
Kagiso Rabada South Africa 2
Glenn Maxwell Australia 2
Danushka Gunathilaka Sri Lanka 2
Hardik Pandya India 2
Liam Plunkett England 2
Azhar Ali Pakistan 2