India’s Rahane sets new Test match catches record.
Indian cricketer Ajinkya Rahane today set a new World record of taking 8 catches in a Test history. He achieved this milestone in the 1st Test match against Sri Lanka in Galle on Friday. The previous record was 7 catches in a single Test match which were in the hands of five International players.
Rahane took 3 catches in the first innings and 5 more catches added to the total of 8 catches in the second innings. His final caught was Rangana Herath who lost his wicket to spinner Amit Mishra.
RECORD BREAKER! Ajinkya Rahane takes 8 catches in a Test Match! #howzstat #SLvInd pic.twitter.com/ofdxiZQSy3
— ICC (@ICC) August 14, 2015
He is also the second Indian after Yajurvindra Singh who took 7 catches in a Test match against England in 1977, Bangalore.
Previous record of most no. of catches in a single Test match (excluding wicket-keepers)
8 – Ajinkya Rahane (IND) v Sri Lanka, Galle, 2015
7 – Greg Chappell (AUS) v England, Perth 1974
7 – Yajurvindra Singh (IND) v England, Bangalore, 1977
7 – Hashan Tillakaratne (SRI) v New Zealand, Colombo, 1992
7 – Stephen Fleming (NZL) v Zimbabwe, Harare, 1997
7 – Matthew Hayden (AUS) v Sri Lanka, Galle, 2004.
Sri Lanka (1st innings): 183 (A Mathews 64, D Chandimal 59, Ravichandran Ashwin 6-46, Amit Mishra 2-20)
India (1st innings): 375 (S Dhawan 134, V kohli 103, Nuwan Pradeep 3-98, T Kaushal 5-134)
Sri Lanka (2nd innings): 367 (Dinesh Chandimal 162*, Jehan Mubarak 49, R Ashwin 4-114, A Mishra 3-61)
India (2nd innings): 23/1 (8 Overs) (Dhawan 13*, Ishant Sharma 5*, Rangana Herath 1-13)
India need 153 runs to beat Sri Lanka in first Test match.