Best Fielders in CSK
One aspect of the game which separates IPL from all other leagues in the world is fielding where high standards are set every year. The ever increasing desire towards fitness has resulted in some exceptional fielding results. It might be the unbelievable catches, flashing run-outs, plunging save from over the boundary has never failed to amaze the crowd and stun the batsman. Over the years where cricket has evolved as a batsman’s game, it is mandatory for the fielders to provide support to the bowlers in order to pick wickets and to contain runs which is very crucial in T-20 cricket.
Amongst all the teams in the IPL, CSK has set a different standard to their fielding which has been proved effective in winning 3 IPL trophies over the years. With the master Thala behind the stumps making sure that right fielders are at the right positions in the right time it has not been easy for the batsman to sneak an extra run.
Let us look at the top 5 fielders who have played for CSK over the years.
#5) Brendon McCullum
Although Brendon McCullum did not play for too many years in the CSK team, he did not fail to make an impact in the short term he had because of his diving catches and saves which even have won games for CSK. This Kiwi batsman was basically a wicketkeeper who eventually moved on to fielding over the years.
His fast hands and foot movement were the key features of his fielding which sets him apart and justifies his spot in this list.
#4) Dwayne Bravo
It is not a startle to see this West Indian on this list as he has contributed immensely to the West Indian cricket and IPL in total. Dwayne Bravo has come as a boon to CSK since he was bought in the auction in 2011. His breathtaking effort to run out Kohli always speaks of his fitness, agility and match awareness on the field.
Undoubtedly one of the best all-rounders in T-20 cricket, he is praised for his wholehearted efforts on the field and is one of the reasons to be featured on this list.
#3) Faf Du Plessis
Faf Du Plessis has been one of the dream players to be had in the franchise and no doubt CSK has been fortunate enough in this case. This South African’s versatility with the bat as well as on the field is probably the best in the business.
His awareness of the boundary ropes and eventually clinging on to some skiers inches away from the rope has always been to his side of strength. This South Africa captain’s calm and composed approach is one of the reasons to be on this list and has become an immovable figure in this lineup.
#2) Suresh Raina
Apart from his typical left hander’s textbook cover drives to some match-winning off-spinners Raina has immensely contributed to his side through his outstanding fielding efforts. Arguably one of the best T-20 batsman India has produced Raina is known for his enthusiasm on the field.
His flying catches at the slips, pulling of blinders around the boundary, Raina has never failed to astonish because of his athleticism on the field.
#1) Ravindra Jadeja
Whether it might be bowling at crucial stages of the game, playing match-winning cameos or saving a few runs from his brilliance on the field, Ravindra Jadeja has been an important part of CSK and India as well. This Indian’s agility and reflexes on the field have made him top this list. You will see Jadeja at all key positions in the field, whether it might be inside the 30-yard circle in the power play or guarding the boundaries in the death over’s.
It is a very rare to sightseeing Ravindra dropping catches or having an off day on the field.