Stats: Most catches as a substitute fielder in an ODI game
This was the first time that a substitute wicket-keeper was allowed to enter the field, and was allowed to replace the injured wicket-keeper after the changes in the rule from ICC.
Updated - Jan 23, 2018 1:23 pm
The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has changed its long-standing regulation of preventing the 12th man from wicket-keeping under the new Code of Laws. Traditionally, MCC did not allow a substitute fielder in the wicket-keeper’s place. However, since October of last year, the guardians of the game allowed a replacement in case the wicket-keeper was injured during the game or inning.
Umpires will have to give permission to the fielding team for the replacement of the keeper during the game, only if the wicket-keeper is injured under circumstances where he cannot return to play in immediate discourse. However, a substitute fielder will not be allowed to bowl or bat in any circumstances. Substitute fielders, very often have had a glimpse shot at glory when on the pitch.
John Bracewell at the top of the list
New Zealand’s substitute fielder John Bracewell tops the list as he was involved in four dismissals where he pulled off four catches in the game against Australia in 1980. Four catches are the highest tally for a substitute fielder in the One-day International format of the game. Brian McMillan, on the other hand, took three catches in the game against Australia at Perth, 14 years after Bracewell’s feat in the country.
Bryan Young followed it up with three catches of his own in the game against India at Nagpur for the Kiwis. Since 2000, however, Pakistan’s Nasir Jamshed has been the only substitute fielder to have appeared on the list with three catches against India at Dhaka. However, Jamshed’s feat was equalled by Zimbabwe’s Ryan Murray. Murray was the only wicket-keeper to feature on the list of most catches by a substitute fielder. Initially, Murray was not included in the playing XI against Sri Lanka in the ongoing tri-series, only to come on to replace Brendon Taylor behind the stumps.
What does the rule say
24.1.2 – A substitute shall not bowl or act as captain but may act as wicket-keeper only with the consent of the umpires. Note, however, Law 42.7.1 (Additional points relating to Level 3 and Level 4 offences). This was the first time that a substitute wicket-keeper was allowed to enter the field, and was allowed to replace the injured wicket-keeper after the changes in the rule from ICC.