Teams with the highest catch efficiency in ODIs after World Cup 2019
As avid cricket fans are all excited for the 2023 World Cup to be played in India, it’s time to learn about the fielding potential of the top 10 ODI teams.
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Fielding is one of the most important aspects of cricket as it assists bowlers to contain batters. In the Asia Cup 2023, Pakistan fielders put up dismal fielding shows against India and came under fierce criticism. In match four, India and Nepal clashed with each other and it was the Indian team’s turn to disappoint their fans.
In the first five overs of the game, Indian fielders dropped three catches and missed the chance to dominate Nepal in the game. Usually, India are considered a disciplined side, when it comes to fielding but the data reveal that Team India has been poor among the other 10 sides when it comes to staying alert and grabbing catches in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) following the 2019 World Cup held in England.
As avid cricket fans are all excited for the 2023 World Cup to be played in India, it’s time to learn about the fielding potential of the top 10 ODI teams. In the match between India and Nepal, a chart was displayed that revealed the standings of teams in the fielding department through the catch efficiency rate.
Discussing more, here are the teams with the highest catch efficiency in ODIs after the 2019 World Cup
Afghanistan are ranked bottom among the top 10 sides with a catch efficiency rate of 71.2%. The team has excellent fielders such as Gulbaddin Naib and Rashid Khan who possess the potential to grab stunners easily with their briskness and precision. In the upcoming years, the Afghan side will need more active players such as Rashid and Naib who could give impactful performances while serving the team as fielders.
India have 75.1% of catch efficiency on the field and they stand only above Afghanistan on the chart. Despite having specialist fielders such as Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, and Ravindra Jadeja, India’s performance is not appreciable when it comes to pulling off catches.
8. South Africa
The South African team are known as one of the best fielding sides in the sport. Their history has been rich when it comes to producing adept fielders. Jonty Rhodes, AB de Villiers, and Faf du Plessis are some fielding greats the Protea side has given to the world. On the catch efficiency table, they have secured the eighth position with a 75.6% catch efficiency rate.
Bangladesh have uplifted their standard in ODI cricket in recent years. In a few departments of the game, the Bangla side has surpassed quality teams as well. Their catch efficiency rate after the 2019 World Cup is 75.8%. The two-time Asia Cup finalists have players such as Mehidy Hasan and Litton Das who are known for their exceptional fielding skills.
6. West Indies
West Indies won’t appear in the 2023 World Cup after their disappointing performance in the 2023 World Cup Qualifiers. During these difficult times, their catch efficiency figures will bring cheers to the faces of their ardent fans. With 77.9% catch efficiency, the Windies team is placed above heavyweights such as India and South Africa on the table.
The Australian cricket team could be considered the most disciplined side in ODI cricket. After the 2019 World Cup in England, they have played quality cricket consistently. Their record of 78.5% catch efficiency helps them become a formidable team in the 50-over format.
4. Sri Lanka
There was a time when Sri Lanka used to be the best fielding side among Asian teams such as India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. In recent years, their performance has plummeted in ODIs but fielding is the area where the team still ranks among the top teams of the world. Their catch efficiency is 78.8% which still makes them one of the most disciplined fielding teams in ODI cricket.
3. New Zealand
New Zealand have a catch efficiency of 80.9% which places them in the third position on this chart. The Kiwi side has magnificent fielders such as Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner who cause damage to opponents with not just the ball but also with their extraordinary fielding prowess.
Pakistan have made solid improvement in one-day cricket in the last few years. Currently, they are the number one team in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings. They are currently ranked second on the catch efficiency table with 81.6%. These numbers display that Babar Azam and his men are doing a fine job on the field.
England lifted their maiden World Cup trophy in 2019 under Eoin Morgan’s sensational captaincy. Following the title win in 2019, they have continued their brilliant work, and ahead of the 2023 World Cup in India, they are one of the favourites to clinch the title again. In England’s disciplined performance, their fielding plays a vital part. Their catch efficiency of 82.8% is grabbing every cricket fan’s attention as it makes them the top fielding side in the ODI circuit following the 2019 World Cup.