Shikhar Dhawan is currently the top run-getter in the ongoing Asia Cup 2018 tournament being held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). But on Friday, it was not his performance with the bat but his catching in the outfield that helped him join an illustrious list of Indian fielders to have taken four catches in an ODI innings.
In the Super Four clash against Bangladesh, Dhawan took the catches of Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan, Mehidy Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman to become the seventh Indian, discounting wicketkeepers, to take four catches in an ODI innings.
The list includes stalwarts like Sunil Gavaskar (vs Pakistan in Sharjah, 1985), Mohammad Azharuddin (vs Pakistan in Toronto, 1997), Sachin Tendulkar (vs Pakistan in Dhaka, 1998), Dravid (vs West Indies in Toronto, 1999), Mohammed Kaif (vs Sri Lanka in Johannesburg, 2003) and VVS Laxman (vs Zimbabwe in Perth, 2004).
The overall international record is held by South Africa’s Jonty Rhodes, who took 5 catches in an ODI innings against the West Indies in Mumbai in 1993.
Dhawan scored 40 off 47 balls against Bangladesh as India overhauled Bangladesh’s 173 with ease.