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Dravid Sets New Catching Record

By on April 6, 2009

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Joseph Hoover

Wellington, Apr 6 (PTI) Rahul Dravid scaled another lofty peak in his illustrious career when he created the world record for the most number of Test catches by a fielder here today.

Levelled with Mark Waugh’s 181 (128 Tests) before going into the match, Dravid pulled ahead in his 134th match when he gobbled up Tim McIntosh at third slip off Zaheer Khan on day four of the third Test against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve.

Having snared Nasser Hussain off Javagal Srinath to open his ‘catch’ account in his debut Test at Lord’s, Dravid is now clearly ahead of Ricky Ponting (148 in 131 Tests), Jacques Kallis (147 in 131) and Mahela Jayawardene (142 in 102) among current players.

The milestone had been on his mind for quite a while and when he achieved it, he showed rare emotion by planting a kiss on the cherry. The accomplishment should possibly help to ease his frustration at not scoring a hundred on this tour.

“The way I was batting, I should have scored a hundred in each of the Tests,” said Dravid, ruing his dismissals in the third Test against New Zealand.

He carved scores of 66, 8 not out, 83, 62, 35 and 60, but failed to convert those four half centuries into hundreds, falling once to a sharp in-cutter at Hamilton, a dubious leg before decision at Napier and poor shots in the rest. PTI

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