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Dravid catches a ton

October 07, 2004 19:47 IST

The catch to dismiss Shane Warne off Harbhajan Singh on the second day of the first Test in Bangalore on Thursday was Rahul Dravid's 100th in Test cricket.

He became the third Indian and only the 19th player in the world to take 100 catches in the field. Other Indians to do so for India are Sunil Gavaskar and Mohammad Azharuddin.

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Dravid, however, is the quickest of the three taking only 79 Tests to accomplish this feat. Azharuddin needed 91 Tests, while Gavaskar took 115 Tests to complete 100 catches.

Australian Mark Waugh heads the tally of leading fielders in Test cricket with 181 catches. For the record, England's Wally Hammond was the first to achieve this landmark at Manchester against the West Indies in 1939. Australia's Bobby Simpson needed just 54 matches to complete his century of catches at Perth against India in 1977-78. At the other end of the scale another Australian Steve Waugh achieved this target playing in his 140th Test.

England's Mark Butcher, and Zimbabwe's Alistair Campbell and Guy Whittall have been Dravid's victims on most occasions – four each – while the bowler to be involved in Dravid's catches on most occasions is Anil Kumble – 29 times.

The 100-Catches Club:
Player For Tests Cts Aus Eng Ind NZ Pak SA SL WI Zim BD
ME Waugh Aus 128 181 x 43 29 10 23 19 7 45 5 -
MA Taylor Aus 104 157 x 46 10 25 20 17 11 28 - -
AR Border Aus 156 156 x 57 14 31 22 5 8 19 - -
BC Lara WI 112 147 34 45 9 13 7 20 14 x 3 2
SP Fleming NZ 85 125 14 28 20 x 14 8 11 9 18 3
GS Chappell Aus 87 122 x 61 5 18 22 - 0 16 - -
IVA Richards WI 121 122 24 29 39 7 23 - - x - -
MC Cowdrey Eng 114 120 40 x 11 15 11 22 - 21 - -
IT Botham Eng 102 120 57 x 14 14 14 - 2 19 - -
CL Hooper WI 102 115 38 24 18 1 14 14 4 x 2 -
SR Waugh Aus 168 112 x 29 12 18 14 9 7 19 4 -
WR Hammond Eng 85 110 43 x 6 9 - 30 - 22 - -
RB Simpson Aus 62 110 x 30 21 - 3 27 - 29 - -
GS Sobers WI 93 109 27 40 27 11 4 - - x - -
SM Gavaskar Ind 125 108 19 35 x 11 19 - 7 17 - -
IM Chappell Aus 75 105 x 31 17 16 6 11 - 24 - -
M Azharuddin Ind 99 105 14 9 x 4 14 13 27 20 4 -
GA Gooch Eng 118 103 29 x 21 13 7 1 4 28 - -
R Dravid Ind 79 100 21 14 x 12 9 10 4 12 17 1

Rajneesh Gupta