Galle: India's Ajinkya Rahane today became the first fielder in Test history to take eight catches, achieving the feat in the ongoing first cricket match against Sri Lanka here today.
Rahane caught Rangana Herath at slip off Amit Mishra to enter the record books after going past five international players -- Yajurvindra Singh (India), Greg Chappell (Australia), Hashan Tilakaratne (Sri Lanka), Stephen Flemimg (New Zealand) and Mathew Hayden (Australia), all of whom took 7 catches in a match.
Ajinkya Rahane (right) dives to take a catch to dismiss Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara (left) during the third day of the opening Test match between Sri Lanka and India at The Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on Friday. Pic/AFP
Incidentally, Yujuvindra took 7 catches in a Test after Independence Day in 1977, while Rahane has done it on the eve of August 15.
Rahane was instrumental in sending three Sri Lankan batsmen back to the pavilion during the first innings before the Mumbai player took five catches in the second essay.
Englishman Wally Hammond though holds the record for most catches -- 10 -- in first class cricket, having achieved the feat as a Gloucestershire fielder against Surrey in 1928.
England wicketkeeper Jack Russell -- in 1995 -- and South African glovesman AB de Villiers -- in 2013 -- have 11 dismissals each in a Test match.
Most catches in a 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.