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Caught is a method of dismissing a
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. A batsman is out caught if the batsman hits the
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, from a legitimate
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, with the
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, and the ball is caught by the bowler or a fielder before it hits the ground. If the catch is taken by the
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, then informally it is known as caught behind or caught at the
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. A catch by the bowler is known as caught and bowled. This has nothing to do with the dismissal
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but is rather a shorthand for saying the catcher and bowler are the same player. (The scorecard annotation is usually ''c. and b.'' or ''c&b'' followed by the bowler's name.) Caught is the most common method of dismissal at higher levels of competition, accounting for 36,190 Test match dismissals between 1877 and 2012, which is 56.9% of all Test match dismissals in this period. South African wicket-keeper
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holds the record for the most Test match catches, with 532, while
Rahul Dravid Rahul Sharad Dravid (; born 11 January 1973) is a former Indian cricket Cricket is a bat-and-ball gameBat-and-ball may refer to: *Bat-and-ball games Bat-and-ball games (or safe haven games) are field games played by two opposing te ...

Rahul Dravid
holds the record for the most Test match catches by non-wicket-keepers, with 210.


Laws

This method of dismissal is covered by Law 33 of the
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which reads:
''The striker is out Caught if a ball delivered by the bowler, not being a No ball, touches his/her bat without having previously been in contact with any fielder, and is subsequently held by a fielder as a fair catch,..., before it touches the ground.''
This means that the batsman cannot be out caught if: * The ball is called a
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or
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. * The batsman does not hit the ball with his
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or a gloved hand holding the bat. * The ball, having been hit, makes contact with the field before a fielder catches the ball. * The ball does not remain under the control of the fielder. * The ball is hit and lands beyond or on the
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; ( six runs). * A fielder taking the catch makes contact with the boundary rope or the area outside the boundary, with any part of his body, equipment, when touching the ball. * An airborne fielder taking the catch, having not previously legally touched the ball, had his last contact with the ground not entirely within the boundary. Note that if a batsman could be given out both caught and by another method, 'caught' takes precedence, unless the other method is bowled. If a batsman is out caught, any
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scored off that delivery are voided. If a batsman is caught, the bowler is credited with the batsman's wicket and the catching fielder is credited for the dismissal, there is no catch assists for a saving boundaries before catch, or deflecting the ball to a different fielder in the slips cordon. If the two batsmen cross each other, in attempting to take a run, before the catch was taken, the non-striking batsman at the time remains at the opposite end of the pitch as the new incoming batsman comes to the crease at his former end. This means, unless it is now a new over, he is now on strike and the incoming batsman is not.


Adjudication

If the catch taken is pronounced or obvious, the players need not
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to the umpire; the batsman normally chooses to acknowledge the dismissal himself. However, if the ball brushes the edge of the bat, or the catch is taken very close to the ground, or the ball appears to have bounced off the batsman's foot (so it has not touched the ground), or the ball appearing to come off the bat very close to the pitch surface (bump ball), or if the batsman is reluctant to accept that he has been dismissed, then the fielding team has to appeal to the umpire for this decision. In international competition, if neither field umpire can clearly decide if a catch has been made or not, they may refer to the third (television) umpire for a review. The third umpire may also be used if the
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is available and a team wishes to dispute a call concerning a possible catch.


Celebration

Before 2000, the Laws of Cricket defined a catch as being completed when the player had "complete control over the further disposal of the ball". In the very strictest sense, this meant that the player did not finish catching the ball until he threw it away, though the player doesn't have to throw the ball to anyone in particular in so doing. For this reason, even today many cricketers celebrate a catch by lobbing the ball into the air. In a Super Sixes match in the 1999 Cricket World Cup,
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Herschelle Gibbs Herschelle Herman Gibbs (born 23 February 1974) is a South African cricket coach and former cricket Cricket is a Bat-and-ball games, bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a cricket field, field at the centre of w ...

Herschelle Gibbs
caught
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but Waugh was given not out when Gibbs was ruled to not have control of the ball when attempting to throw the ball in celebration. Waugh went on to score a match-winning 120 not out to qualify his team for the semi-finals; Australia went on to win the tournament.


Records


Test matches

The wicket-keepers with the highest number of catches taken in
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are as follows. Note this excludes catches made while not fielding as a wicket-keeper. Source:
Cricinfo Statsguru
Last updated: 19 April 2019. The non-wicket-keepers with the highest number of catches taken in Test matches are as follows. Note this excludes any catches made while fielding as a wicket-keeper. Source:

Last updated: 19 April 2019.


One Day Internationals


T20 Internationals


First Class cricket


See also

Other sports *
Catch (baseball) In baseball Baseball is a bat-and-ball games, bat-and-ball game played between two opposing teams who take turns batting (baseball), batting and fielding. The game proceeds when a player on the fielding team (baseball), fielding team, ...


References

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