10 Greatest Wicket Keepers of All Time

10 Greatest Wicket Keepers of All Time

Wicket-keeping is an extensively important part of the sport of cricket. The wicket-keeper is an important member of the fielding side. He stands behind the wicket. Wicket keeping is a specialist role, an all-important position, and without the wicket keeper, an entire game can fall apart. He has great impact in changing the face of the game with his skill, as well as with great psychological impact on the batsman guarding in wicket. Wicket keepers and their contributions often go unnoticed. But they play a significant role in every match, as the keeper tries to gather deliveries that the batsman does not hit, so that the batsmen do not get a chance to run byes. He also preys upon the batsman, trying to get him out caught off a fine edge from the bat, or get him out stumped. Let’s take a look at 10 Greatest Wicket Keepers of All Time.

10 Greatest Wicket Keepers of All Time

1. Adam Gilchrist

10 Greatest Wicket Keepers of All Time

10 Greatest Wicket Keepers of All Time

Former Australian wicket keeper and Captain Adam Craig Gilchrist, nicknamed “Gilly”, holds the world record for the highest dismissal by an Australian in Test cricket and also for the most dismissals by a wicket-keeper in One Day International. In his active international test career from 1999 to 2008, he achieved a total of 416 dismissals in 191 innings out of 96 test matches he played. Gilchrist took 379 catches and made 37 stumps at the rate of 2.178 dismissals per match, and also achieved his career’s best 5 dismissals in a single test match with 5 catches. Gilchrist also achieved a total of 472 dismissals in 281 innings out of 287 One Day Internationals he participated in his career from 1996 to 2008. He took 417 catches and made 55 stumps at the rate of 1.679 dismissals per ODI, and also achieved his career’s best 6 dismissals in a single ODI.

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2. Mark Boucher

10 Greatest Wicket Keepers of All Time

10 Greatest Wicket Keepers of All Time

Former South African wicket keeper Mark Verdon Boucher holds the record for most dismissals by a wicket-keeper in test cricket. He is widely considered as one of the greatest wicket keepers South Africa has ever had. In his active international test career from 1997 to 2012, he achieved a total of 555 dismissals in 281 innings out of 147 test matches he played. Boucher took 532 catches and made 23 stumps at the rate of 1.975 dismissals per match, and also achieved his career’s best 6 dismissals in a single test match with 6 catches. Boucher also achieved a total of 424 dismissals in 290 innings out of 295 One Day Internationals he participated in his career from 1998 to 2011. He took 402 catches and made 22 stumps at the rate of 1.462 dismissals per ODI, and also achieved his career’s best 6 dismissals in a single ODI.

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3. Kumar Sangakkara

10 Greatest Wicket Keepers of All Time

10 Greatest Wicket Keepers of All Time

Former Sri Lankan wicket keeper and Captain Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara is described as one of the “most polished and prudent of batsmen” in the history of cricket. He holds the record of most dismissals by a wicket-keeper in One Day Internationals. In his active international test career from 2000 to 2015, he achieved a total of 151 dismissals in 130 innings out of 90 test matches he played. Sangakkara took 131 catches and made 20 stumps at the rate of 1.677 dismissals per match, and also achieved his career’s best 5 dismissals in a single test match with 5 catches. Sangakkara also achieved a total of 476 dismissals in 348 innings out of 399 One Day Internationals he participated in his career from 2000 to 2015. He took 379 catches and made 97 stumps at the rate of 1.367 dismissals per ODI, and also achieved his career’s best 5 dismissals in a single ODI.

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4. Mahendra Singh Dhoni

10 Greatest Wicket Keepers of All Time

10 Greatest Wicket Keepers of All Time

Current ODI captain of the Indian national cricket team Mahendra Singh Dhoni is considered widely as one of the greatest finishers in limited-overs cricket. He was included in the list of “Most Influential People in the World” by Time magazine in its annual Time 100 list. In his active international test career from 2005 to 2014, he achieved a total of 294 dismissals in 166 innings out of 90 test matches he played. Dhoni took 256 catches and made 38 stumps at the rate of 1.771 dismissals per match, and also achieved his career’s best 6 dismissals in a single test match with 6 catches. Dhoni also achieved a total of 317 dismissals in 252 innings out of 256 One Day Internationals he participated in his career from 2004 to 2015. He took 232 catches and made 85 stumps at the rate of 1.257 dismissals per ODI, and also achieved his career’s best 6 dismissals in a single ODI.

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5. Ian Healy

10 Greatest Wicket Keepers of All Time

10 Greatest Wicket Keepers of All Time

Former Australian wicket keeper and middle-order batsman Ian Andrew Healy, nicknamed “Heals”, held the world record for most Test dismissals by a wicket-keeper at the time of his retirement. In his active international test career from 1988 to 1999, he achieved a total of 395 dismissals in 224 innings out of 119 test matches he played. Healy took 366 catches and made 29 stumps at the rate of 1.763 dismissals per match, and also achieved his career’s best 6 dismissals in a single test match with 6 catches. Healy also achieved a total of 233 dismissals in 168 innings out of 168 One Day Internationals he participated in his career from 1988 to 1997. He took 194 catches and made 39 stumps at the rate of 1.386 dismissals per ODI, and also achieved his career’s best 4 dismissals in a single ODI.

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6. Jeff Dujon

10 Greatest Wicket Keepers of All Time

10 Greatest Wicket Keepers of All Time

Former West Indian wicket keeper and lower-order batsman Peter Jeffrey Leroy Dujon was one of five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1989. He captained a single match for his national team where he grabbed the victory. In his active international test career from 1981 to 1991, he achieved a total of 270 dismissals in 150 innings out of 81 test matches he played. Dujon took 265 catches and made 5 stumps at the rate of 1.800 dismissals per match, and also achieved his career’s best 5 dismissals in a single test match with 5 catches. Dujon also achieved a total of 204 dismissals in 166 innings out of 169 One Day Internationals he participated in his career from 1981 to 1991. He took 183 catches and made 21 stumps at the rate of 1.228 dismissals per ODI, and also achieved his career’s best 4 dismissals in a single ODI.

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7. Moin Khan

10 Greatest Wicket Keepers of All Time

10 Greatest Wicket Keepers of All Time

Former Pakistani wicket keeper-batsman Muhammad Moin Khan is the current team manager of the Pakistan national team. He was also appointed as the new head coach of the national team on February 11, 2014. In his active international test career from 1990 to 2004, he achieved a total of 147 dismissals in 118 innings out of 69 test matches he played. Moin took 127 catches and made 20 stumps at the rate of 1.245 dismissals per match, and also achieved his career’s best 5 dismissals in a single test match with 4 catches and a stump. Moin also achieved a total of 287 dismissals in 209 innings out of 219 One Day Internationals he participated in his career from 1990 to 2004. He took 214 catches and made 73 stumps at the rate of 1.373 dismissals per ODI, and also achieved his career’s best 5 dismissals in a single ODI.

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8. Rod Marsh

10 Greatest Wicket Keepers of All Time

10 Greatest Wicket Keepers of All Time

Former Australian wicket keeper Rodney William Marsh set a world record of 355 wicket keeping dismissals in just 96 Tests by the time of his retirement. Regarding his wicket keeping-bowling partnership with Dennis Lillee, Wisden stated, “Few partnerships between bowler and wicket-keeper have had so profound an impact on the game.” In his active international test career from 1970 to 1984, he achieved a total of 355 dismissals in 182 innings out of 96 test matches he played. Marsh took 343 catches and made 12 stumps at the rate of 1.950 dismissals per match, and also achieved his career’s best 6 dismissals in a single test match with 6 catches. Marsh also achieved a total of 124 dismissals in 92 innings out of 92 One Day Internationals he participated in his career from 1971 to 1984. He took 120 catches and made 4 stumps at the rate of 1.347 dismissals per ODI, and also achieved his career’s best 5 dismissals in a single ODI.

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9. Brendon McCullum

10 Greatest Wicket Keepers of All Time

10 Greatest Wicket Keepers of All Time

The current New Zealand captain in all three forms of international cricket Brendon Barrie McCullum is the only player to score two Twenty20 International centuries and 2000 runs in T20. He currently plays for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL besides his international appearances. In his active international test career from 2004 to 2015, he achieved a total of 179 dismissals in 95 innings out of 92 test matches he played. McCullum took 168 catches and made 11 stumps at the rate of 1.884 dismissals per match, and also achieved his career’s best 5 dismissals in a single test match with 5 catches. McCullum also achieved a total of 242 dismissals in 183 innings out of 243 One Day Internationals he participated in his career from 2002 to 2015. He took 227 catches and made 15 stumps at the rate of 1.322 dismissals per ODI, and also achieved his career’s best 5 dismissals in a single ODI.

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10. Brad Haddin

10 Greatest Wicket Keepers of All Time

10 Greatest Wicket Keepers of All Time

Australian right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper Bradley James Haddin was drafted into the full squad as back-up wicket keeper in case Adam Gilchrist was injured. He is the second only wicket-keeper to score five half-centuries in a Test series. In his active international test career from 2008 to 2015, he achieved a total of 258 dismissals in 122 innings out of 63 test matches he played. Haddin took 251 catches and made 7 stumps at the rate of 2.114 dismissals per match, and also achieved his career’s best 6 dismissals in a single test match with 6 catches. Haddin also achieved a total of 167 dismissals in 108 innings out of 119 One Day Internationals he participated in his career from 2001 to 2015. He took 156 catches and made 11 stumps at the rate of 1.546 dismissals per ODI, and also achieved his career’s best 5 dismissals in a single ODI.

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In cricket matches, batsmen and bowlers hog all the attention, and hardly anything goes to wicket keeper. However, the work of the keeper, with his position on the ground and the responsibility upon him, plays a key role in the game. It is also a dangerous role, evident from the fact that he is the only fielder allowed to wear a helmet, gloves, etc. to protect himself.