Despite having only four catches in six World Cup matches, the New Zealand all-rounder’s fielding influence extends beyond this. The seasoned Kiwi player has made significant contributions in various other fielding aspects.
The 31-year-old player is credited with saving nine runs in the field. He also ranks high in pressure ratings, good throws, and attempted run outs.
Consequently, Santner is currently leading the overall fielding impact race at the World Cup, after six games for each team. His closest competitors are South Africa’s David Miller and Australia’s David Warner.
Initially, India’s Virat Kohli was leading after three matches for each team at the tournament. However, he has now slipped to the sixth position, with his teammate Ravindra Jadeja surpassing him to the fifth spot.
Fielding Impact – After Six Group Matches for Each Country
|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|
India and Australia are the only teams with two players each in the top 10 fielding ratings. Australia’s representatives are Warner (third) and Glenn Maxwell (eighth).
However, South Africa is leading the team fielding ratings. The Proteas have claimed a total of 44 catches, seven more than any other team, and have also saved the highest number of runs in the field at 44.
The Netherlands ranks second in the team fielding ratings, thanks to having the second-lowest number of dropped catches (six). Reigning champions England are in third place, having dropped the least number of catches (four).