Batsman Ajinkya Rahane has now become the first non-wicketkeeper in the history of Cricket to take 8 catches in a single Test match. His spectacular performance at Galle International Stadium was applaudable and worth a watch.
Indian cricketer, Ajinkya Madhukar Rahane broke a world record in the first match of the ongoing three-Test series against Sri Lanka, at the Galle International Stadium.
On Friday, he became the first non-wicketkeeper to take 8 catches in a single Test match in the history of the game. The record breaking eights catch was that of Rangana Herath who lost his wicket to spinner Amit Mishra.
Up till now, five cricketers including Greg Chappell (Australia), Hasan Tillakaratne (Sri Lanka), Stephen Fleming (New Zealand) and Mathew Hayden (Australia), held the joint record of 7 catches in a Test match. This also included India’s Yajurvindra Singh who took 7 catches in a Test match against England in 1977.
27-year-old Rahane, had taken 7 catches in 15 Tests before this one match, in which is crossed his previous tally. The right-handed batsman had made his international debut in a Twenty20 International match against England in 2011, and he played his first Test match in 2013. Recently, he had also become India’s 23rd One Day International captain, by leading a match against Zimbabwe on 10th of July 2015. He is known for his batting technique, and discipline.
“I didn’t know until Vijay and Umesh (Yadav) came and told me that this is a world record for you. I was quite surprised, I didn’t know about it,” he said.
— ICC (@ICC) August 14, 2015
Ajinkya Rahane now 8 catches – the most ever by a fielder in a Test match #IndvSL
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 14, 2015
Here’s congratulating Rahane on this remarkable achievement.