Dec 27, 2013
Veteran South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis completed 200 catches in Test matches on Friday. He achieved this feat during the first innings of the second Test against India when he caught Ravindra Jadeja in the slips. The veteran all-rounder is playing his last Test for South Africa having announced his retirement a day before start of the match. Kallis is only the second non-wicketkeeper to have reached the 200 catches landmark in Tests after Rahul Dravid.
Before the start of the series, Kallis had 198 Test catches to his name. He moved to 199 after he caught a thick edge at slips off Vernon Philander’s bowling to send back opener Shikhar Dhawan in the first Test. He took his 200th catch when Jadeja edged to slips off the bowling of JP Duminy.
Below is a table of most catches by non-wicketkeepers in Tests.
|Jacques Kallis*||South Africa/ICC||166||200|
|Mahela Jayawardene||Sri Lanka||138*||194|
|Stephen Fleming||New Zealand||111||171|
|Brian Lara||West Indies/ICC||131||164|
|Graeme Smith||South Africa/ICC||113*||160|
*Still active in Test cricket
His fellow teammate Graeme Smith is eighth in the list with 160 catches in 113 matches so far. For years, Kallis has been one of the safest catchers for South Africa in the slips.
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