Top 10 fielding performances at the World Cup

Cricket is not a game of batsmen and bowlers with fielders having a role to play too. At the World Cup, an amazing catch or an incredible run-out can change the balance of matches and form enduring memories.

In the 2007 World Cup, Dwayne Leverock pulled off a one-handed catch in the slips diving to his right to get rid of Robin Uthappa, the Indian opener. Leverock’s euphoric celebration after that would surely never be forgotten! Photo: afp
Batting second in Brisbane, Pakistan looked to be cruising. However, Inzamam-ul-Haq got hit on the pads as the ball ballooned towards point. The batsman tried to steal a run but the non-striker asked him to return to his crease. Jonty Rhodes, stationed at point, sprinted towards the wicket and made an acrobatic dive to knock down the stumps with Inzamam short of the crease. Photo: v.v. krishnan
This is another Jonty Rhodes episode. In the 1999 World Cup contest between England and South Africa, Robert Croft played a square drive off Lance Klusener and Rhodes, at point, turned and dived to pouch the ball on its way down with his outstretched left hand and completed one of the most memorable catches. Photo: Getty Images
One of the best catches of the 2011 World Cup was taken by New Zealand's Jesse Ryder in the semifinal against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka had to chase a target of 218. Upul Tharanga, the opening batsman sliced a mediocre delivery from Southee through the point region; the ball would have landed a few metres to the left of Ryder if not for the one-handed dive he managed to his left. Although he landed on his elbow, he did not let go off the ball. Photo: Getty Images
It was a turning point for India in the final of the 1983 World Cup. The contest, until then, had been one-sided as India had been bowled out for 183 and Viv Richards was in ominous mood. Batting on 33, Richards skied one towards deep-midwicket. Kapil, positioned at midwicket, followed the ball closely and ran a considerable distance to complete a well-judged catch. Photo: Getty Images
Dale Steyn made an acrobatic catch to dismiss Ahmed Shehzad in South Africa’s contest against Pakistan at the 2015 World Cup. Openers Shehzad and Sarfaraz Ahmed had taken the side to 30 for no loss in 8.3 overs when Ahmed mistimed a gentle flick off fast bowler Kyle Abbott. Dale Steyn, at mid-on, sprinted and dived to his right to complete a spectacular catch. Photo: ap
The pace-duo of Jeff Thomson and Dennis Lillee had put up a dramatic 41-run stand for the last wicket in the 1975 ICC World Cup final. The nagging partnership ended when Thomson missed a straight delivery from Vanburn Holder, hesitated for a single, and found himself out of his crease when wicketkeeper Deryck Murray managed to uproot the stumps with a simple throw. Photo: Getty Images
India’s Ajay Jadeja took a magnificent catch to dismiss Allan Border in a nail-biting contest against Australia in the 1992 ICC World Cup. Border hit a delivery from Kapil Dev to long-off, but failed to get enough power into the shot. Jadeja ran in and dived to his front to take a brilliant catch. Photo: Getty Images
In the final of the 1999 World Cup, Pakistan opener Wajahatullah Wasti was dismissed off a spectacular diving catch by Mark Waugh in the slips. Wasti had ended up edging a delivery from Glenn McGrath that moved into him. The ball flew to an area a bit wide of the third slip, where Mark Waugh took a stunning catch, diving to his right with both hands. Photo: Getty Images
Despite having failed to shine with the bat, Vivian Richards had a memorable 1975 World Cup final as he secured three run-outs. Richards helped break the crucial partnership of Alan Turner and Ian Chappell first by running Turner out from within the ring. Later, he also dismissed Ian Chappell and his brother Greg. Photo: Getty Images