Warner's record against India overlooked in the glare of Afghanistan's victory…

Orhan Wadia
Orhan Wadia - Editor
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New Delhi. 'Giant Killer' Afghanistan's spectacular victory over Australia has made the race for the Super 8 of Group 1 of the T20 World Cup 2024 interesting. With this win, the Afghan team has maintained its claim to enter the semi-finals while Australia's path has become difficult. The Australian team will face Team India in their next match today at Grass Islet while Afghanistan will face Bangladesh on June 25.

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If Australia loses to the Indian team and Afghanistan defeats Bangladesh, then the Afghan team will reach the last four. If Australia wins against India and Afghanistan wins against Bangladesh, then the top three teams will have 4-4 points and the two teams reaching the semi-finals will again be decided on the basis of net run rate. However, Team India's reaching the last four is almost certain. If India wins this match and Afghanistan loses to Bangladesh, then except India, the other three teams will have two points each and the second team reaching the semi-finals will again be decided on the basis of net run rate.

Amidst Rashid Khan's team's victory in the Afghanistan-Australia match on Sunday and Pat Cummins' second consecutive hat-trick, a big record of David Warner did not come into discussion. This record is not of batting or bowling, but of taking the most catches in the T20 World Cup. In cricket, fielding usually does not get much importance as compared to batting and bowling, but it is also an important aspect of the game. A great catch or runout in the match often changes the result of the match in favor of a team.

In the match, Warner (David Warner) caught Rahmanullah Gurbaz off Stoinis's ball during Afghanistan's innings and became the fielder to take the most catches in the T20 World Cup. This was Warner's 24th catch in his 40th match. With this, he surpassed South Africa's AB de Villiers' record of 23 catches as a fielder. De Villiers had taken 23 catches as a fielder in 30 matches of the T20 World Cup.

Warner gave tough competition to Maxwell in the race for catches, Rohit is in fourth place
In the race of taking the most catches, Warner is now facing tough competition from his own countryman Glenn Maxwell. In the match held on Sunday, Maxwell also caught the catch of Gulbadin Naib, which was his 23rd catch in the T20 World Cup. With this catch, 'Maxi' has now equaled de Villiers' 23 catches. The upcoming matches of the Australian team will decide who becomes the 'winner' in this competition of catches between Warner and Maxwell. This is Warner's last cricket tournament and after this he has announced his complete retirement from international cricket.

Warner can touch a big 'milestone' in the match against India
Warner, who has taken the most catches in the T20 World Cup, can achieve another feat in the match against Team India. Warner has so far scored 978 runs in 40 matches of this tournament, remaining unbeaten three times. As soon as he scores 22 runs in the match against Team India, he will become the fourth batsman to touch the 1000 run mark in the T20 World Cup. So far, only India's Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma and Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene have been able to score more than a thousand runs in the T20 World Cup. Warner will be desperate to achieve this feat before retirement.

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Maxwell and Markram have taken the most catches in this World Cup

Talking about the current T20 World Cup, Australia's Maxwell and South Africa's Aiden Markram are the joint highest catchers (7-7 catches) while England's Harry Brook is second with 6 catches. Netherlands' Logan van Beek, West Indies' Johnson Charles and Ricardo Powell, Afghanistan's Gulbadin Naib and Bangladesh's Tanjim Hasan Sakib have taken 5-5 catches so far and are jointly third in this list. The Netherlands team has been eliminated from the tournament in the group round itself.

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Maxwell took 4 catches in the match against Namibia
Maxwell and Markram have taken 4 catches each as fielders in a match of the current T20 World Cup. Markram took 4 catches each in the match against Bangladesh on June 10 and Maxwell took 4 catches each in the match against Namibia on June 11. Both of them equaled West Indies' Daryl Sammy's record of taking 4 catches in a match in the T20 World Cup 2010. In this World Cup held in West Indies, Sammy took 4 catches in the match against Ireland.

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Will Maxwell, Markram break the record for most catches in a single edition?

Maxwell and Markram also have a chance to break the record for most catches as a fielder in a T20 World Cup. Both Australia and South Africa are in the Super 8. The record for most catches in any edition of the T20 World Cup is held by Sri Lanka's Dasun Shanaka, who took 9 catches in the 2022 T20 World Cup. Both of them have a chance to equal or break Shanaka's record. Australia's Michael Hussey and David Warner (2010) and Scotland's Calum MacLeod and Australia's Steve Smith (2021) have taken eight catches each.

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