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New Zealand’s all-rounder leads the World Cup in fielding impact.

New Zealand’s all-rounder leads the World Cup in fielding impact.

Mitch Santner has outperformed a slew of his contemporaries to take the lead in the race to have the greatest impact on the field at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.

While the New Zealand all-rounder has only four catches in six World Cup matches, his impact on the field is much greater, with the experienced Kiwi making a mark in a variety of other fielding categories.

The 31-year-old has been credited with nine runs saved in the field, and he also ranks high in pressure ratings, good throws, and attempted run outs.

Santner now has a narrow lead in the race for overall fielding impact after six games for each team at the World Cup, with South Africa’s David Miller and Australia’s David Warner his closest competitors.

Virat Kohli had led the way after three matches for each side in the tournament, but the India batter has dropped to sixth, with teammate Ravindra Jadeja leapfrogging him into fifth.

AFTER SIX GROUP GAMES FOR EACH COUNTRY, THE FIELDING IMPACT

PLAYERRATING POINTS
Mitchell Santner (New Zealand)43.28
David Miller (South Africa)41.19
David Warner (Australia)40.82
Liam Livingstone (England)34.77
Ravindra Jadeja (India)33.72
Virat Kohli (India)33.46
Sybrand Engelbrecht (Netherlands)32.56
Glenn Maxwell (Australia)28.91
Najmul Hossain Shanto (Bangladesh)28.46
Shadab Khan (Pakistan)28.44

It means that India has two players in the top ten for fielding ratings, with Australia the only other team with two stars in the top ten – Warner (third) and Glenn Maxwell (eighth).

However, South Africa leads the way in team fielding ratings, with the Proteas having claimed 44 catches – seven more than any other team – while also saving the most runs in the field (44).

The Netherlands are second in the team fielding ratings after dropping the fewest catches with six, while reigning champions England are third after dropping the fewest catches with four.

 

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