TOP 10 Greatest Wicket Keepers Of All Time
Greatest Wicket Keepers: Wicket-keeper in cricket means the player who stands behind the stumps wearing gloves and pads to catch the ball. Wicket-keeping is perhaps one of the most challenging tasks on the cricket field. There are a number of ways in which the wicket keeper can contribute towards the dismissal of a batsman with extreme concentration.
There is some “Greatest Wicket Keepers” in history of Cricket. Some of them leave their mark in the history. In list below we are going to discuss those who are the greatest about talent, sharpness, flexibility, aggressive approach and presents of mind.
1. Adam Gilchrist
Australian cricket was certainly blessed to have Adam Gilchrist with them, when he was playing for his national team during 1996-2008.
He followed the bowlers on either side of the wicket and even against the tricky Shane Warne.
Adam Gilchrist was Responsible for nearly 900 dismissals in his nearly 12 year long career.
2. Mark Boucher
Boucher was South Africa’s first-choice wicket-keeper, when he was playing for his national team during 1997-2012.
Boucher holds the World record for the most dismissals in Test cricket surpassing Australian wicket-keeper Ian Healy in 2007.
He was the first wicketkeeper in the history of test cricket to reach the milestone of 400 dismissals.
3. MS Dhoni
Worldwide famous Indian Skipper M.S Dhoni’s wicket-keeping record is simply outstanding.
Athleticism and intelligence combine to give the Dhoni the extra advantage which he uses to dismiss batsmen in a flash.
He is already nearing 600 dismissals with (248 in test, 287 in ODI’s and 29 dismissals in T20s).
4. Kumar Sangakkara
Sri Lankan Wicket-Keeper, Kumar Sangakkara is playing for his country since the year 2000.
He has above 600 dismissals including a world record of 81 stumping in ODIs.
As the wicket keeper, he has contributed to the 3rd highest number of dismissals in ODIs, total 382.
5. Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum is a New Zealand national team wicket-keeper and is the current captain in all three forms of the game.
In Tests he has taken 168 catches behind stumps and has 11 stumpings.
In ODIs he has 227 catches behind stumps and has 15 stumpings in his record book.
6. Ian Healy
Ian Andrew Healy is a former cricketer who played for Queensland and Australia during 1988-1999.
By the time of his retirement, Healy held the world record for most Test dismissals by a wicket-keeper.
He has a total of 628 dismissals behind the stumps to his name.
7. Moin Khan
Moin was a great wicket-keeper, who was part of the world cup winning Pakistani team in 1992.
Moin has 435 dismissals behind the wickets in his career in both Tests and ODIs.
Moin is mostly remembered as very active wicket-keeper, always shouting behind the wickets like “Sakki” ,”Mushi” etc.
8. Alec Stewart
Alec James Stewart was right-handed batsman-wicket-keeper , played for England cricket team during 1989-2003.
He is the most capped English cricketer of all time in Test matches and 2nd most capped in One Day Internationals.
Stewart has 451 Dismissals in his career as wicket-keeper.
9. Andrew Flower
A true legend, technically very sound wicket-keeper, played for Zimbabwe during 1992-2003.
Andrew Flower was Zimbabwe’s wicket-keeper for more than 10 years and statistically by far the finest wicket-keeper the country has fielded.
Flower is responsible for 333 dismissals behind the wickets (160 in tests, 173 in ODI’s).
10. Kamran Akmal
Kamran Akmal is a Pakistani cricketer who has played Tests, ODIs and T20Is as a wicket-keeper during 2002-2013.
As a wicket-keeper, he has dismissed 206, 169 and 52 batsman in Tests, ODIs and T20Is respectively.
In the 2009 T20 World Cup, he has delivered a world-record performance of four stumpings in a single match against the Netherlands.