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    Most catches in a Test Match/Akmal equals national record

    Kamran Akmal took 9 catches in this test match. I was wondering if this equals the world record or not. I know Mark Boucher had it in 1998 or maybe 1997 but I don't remember how many were they? Can anybody confirm?

    Re: Most catches in a Test Match

    Most are 11 dismissals in a test by a WK.

    Here is a list up to Kamran Akmal's 9 dismissals

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    11 (11ct 0stRC Russell         England v South Africa     Johannesburg         1995/96    
    (10ct 0stRW Taylor England v India Mumbai             1979/80    
    (10ct 0stAC Gilchrist         Australia v New Zealand     Hamilton             1999/00    
    (8ct 1stGRA Langley         Australia v England         Lord's             1956     
    9 (9ct 0st) DA Murray            West Indies v Australia     Melbourne            1981/82    
    9 (9ct 0st) RW Marsh Australia v England Brisbane             1982/83    
    9 (9ct 0st) SAR Silva            Sri Lanka v India            Colombo (SSC)        1985     
    9 (8ct 1st) SAR Silva            Sri Lanka v India            Colombo (PSS)        1985     
    9 (9ct 0st) DJ Richardson        South Africa v India         Port Elizabeth     1992/93    
    9 (9ct 0st) Rashid Latif         Pakistan v New Zealand     Auckland             1993/94    
    9 (9ct 0st) IA Healy             Australia v England         Brisbane             1994/95    
    9 (9ct 0st) CO Browne            West Indies v England        Nottingham         1995     
    9 (7ct 2st) RC Russell         England v South Africa     Port Elizabeth     1995/96    
    9 (8ct 1st) MV Boucher         South Africa v Pakistan     Port Elizabeth     1997/98    
    9 (8ct 1st) RD Jacobs            West Indies v Australia     Melbourne            2000/01    
    9 (9ct 0st) Kamran Akmal         Pakistan v West Indies     Kingston             2005 
    "Let your friends underestimate your virtues. Let your enemies overestimate your faults." - Godfather.


      Re: Most catches in a Test Match

      How about in a series? Kamran had 16 dismissals in the series.


        Re: Most catches in a Test Match

        ^ good stuff... so looking at it in a narrow context, since Akmal's performance is the only one in that list in the last four years or so, I guess there is some substance to those commentators who in Australia said he's one of the best keepers in thw world in current teams
        For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining - and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction - Khalil Gibran


          Re: Most catches in a Test Match

          Actually GO Jones, English WK also just had 9 dismissals in BD in their recent test series (one of them quite a fraudia dismissal, where he caught the ball after bounce and had to face disciplinary hearings).

          But yeah, considering, most of us would call Akmal as a good gutsy player with mediocre wicket keeping abilities, this is clearly a star performance. Well done!

          PakCanada, this was just a 2-test series, which is fairly unusual. I wouldn't be surprised if 16 dismissals is the highest in a 2-test series. Unfortunately I don't know that kind of statistics.
          "Let your friends underestimate your virtues. Let your enemies overestimate your faults." - Godfather.


            Re: Most catches in a Test Match

            Originally posted by PakCanada
            How about in a series? Kamran had 16 dismissals in the series.
            Not all Tests series are madeup of two matches i.e. Pak vs Ind was 3 Tests series, so a series comparison may not make much sense.


              Re: Most catches in a Test Match

              It should have been 10 catches had Shep given Sarwan out of Kaneria!


                Kamran Akmal equals a national record, just misses another


                By Gul Hameed Bhatti
                KARACHI: With the two-match Test series between the West Indies and Pakistan ending in a tied one-all result at Kingston, Jamaica, on Tuesday, the equation of Test match results between the two nations remained as close as it’s has been for some years. Of the total 41 Tests played so far, Pakistan have won 13 and the West Indies 14 with the rest — all 14 of them — having ended as drawn.

                The series just coming to a close will be remembered for a number of on-field activities, but it also produced quite a goldmine of statistics for the hard-core enthusiast. A fact that has escaped general notice even two days later is that Pakistan’s youthful wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal equalled a national record and then just missed coming at par with another.

                In the second and final Test at Kingston, the 23-year-old from Lahore snapped up nine catches behind the stumps. Only one Pakistan wicket-keeper has done so before him: Rashid Latif too had held nine catches while playing against New Zealand at Auckland back in 1993-94.

                In the two Test matches in the Caribbean, Kamran excelled himself with a total of 16 dismissals — 15 catches and a stumping. He fell only one short of the Pakistan Test record for a single series, the long-standing mark of 17 dismissals (composed of 15 catches and two stumpings) which was established by Wasim Bari in 1982-83 when India paid a visit to Pakistan.

                But what’s amazing about Kamran’s feat is that he totalled 16 dismissals in a mere two Test matches. Bari, now the country’s chief cricket selector, played in as many as six Tests against India, because that was the number of games in that particular home rubber!

                The averages tables given with this article are, of course, self-explanatory. The prolific Brian Lara scored the most runs — 331 at 82.75 that included his Test career’s 29th as well as 30th centuries. Skipper Shivnarine Chanderpaul, however, topped the averages — as did Inzamam-ul-Haq from the opposite camp — at 91.00 from his 273 runs.

                Fast bowler Corey Collymore achieved a first for the Caribbean side in Pakistan-West Indies Test series. Although four Pakistan bowlers had previously taken 10 or more wickets in a Test match played between the two nations, no one from the West Indies side had ever done so.

                Andy Roberts and Colin Croft, both fast bowlers of exceptional calibre, took nine wickets each in Test matches at Lahore and Port-of-Spain in 1974-75 and 1976-77, respectively. By taking 11 wickets for 134 runs (7-78 in the first innings) — although in a lost cause in Kingston — Collymore has gone beyond the other two now.

                While Pakistan’s pace bowler Shabbir Ahmed, with eight wickets in the Kingston win and a haul of 13 in the two Tests, made a huge impression after returning to the middle having spent more than a year on the sidelines due to injury problems, Tuesday’s Man of the Match, leg-spinner Danish Kaneria continues to go from strength to strength.

                The 24-year-old from Karachi has bowled exceptionally well in the country’s last four Test series. He was Pakistan’s top wicket-taker against Sri Lanka at home in 2004-05, with 15 wickets at 24.00 runs apiece in two Tests, and then on tours in Australia (15 wickets at 37.33) and India (19 wickets at 31.52).

                After a rather discouraging first Test in Bridgetown and, then being banned from bowling after 28.5 overs in the first innings at Kingston for continuing to run down the pitch, he produced a match-winning haul of 5-46 on Monday and Tuesday to finish with a total of 11 wickets at a cost of 33.54 runs each.

                In Pakistan’s last 10 Test matches, the leg-spinner with the fiery temperament of a fast bowler has captured as many as 60 wickets.
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