Top 10 Greatest Wicket-keepers Of All Time

September 15, 2020 By Sourav


Top 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 wicketkeeper, an entire game can fall apart. He has a great impact on changing the face of the game with his skill, as well as with great psychological impact on the batsman guarding in the wicket. And, here are the Top 10 Greatest Wicket-keepers Of All Time.

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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 the Top 10 Greatest Wicket-keepers Of All Time.

10. Brad Haddin

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Brad-Haddin

Australian right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper, Bradley James Haddin, was drafted into the full squad as a back-up wicketkeeper 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 270 dismissals in 112 innings out of 66 test matches he played. Haddin took 262 catches and made 8 stumps at the rate of 2.109 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 181 dismissals in 115 innings out of 126 One Day Internationals he participated in his career from 2001 to 2015. He took 170 catches and made 11 stumps at the rate of 1.573 dismissals per ODI, and also achieved his career’s best 5 dismissals in a single ODI. Haddin surely deserves the tenth place in our list of the top 10 greatest wicket-keepers of all time.

9. Brendon McCullum

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Brendon-McCullum

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 2016, he achieved a total of 179 dismissals in 95 innings out of 101 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 260 One Day Internationals he participated in his career from 2002 to 2016. 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. He surely deserves his mention among the top 10 greatest wicket-keepers of all time.

8. Rod Marsh

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Rod-Marsh

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. He now holds the eighth place in our list of the top 10 greatest wicket-keepers of all time.

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.

7. Moin Khan

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Moin-Khan

Former Pakistani wicketkeeper-batsman Muhammad Moin Khan is the former team manager of the Pakistan national team. He was also appointed as the 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. He surely deserves the seventh place in our list of the top 10 greatest wicket-keepers of all time. Besides, his fans also consider him as one of the greatest Muslim athletes of all time.

6. Jeff Dujon

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Jeff-Dujon

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. He surely deserves his mention among the top 10 greatest wicket-keepers of all time.

5. Ian Healy

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Ian-Healy

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. Healy now holds the fifth place in our list of the top 10 greatest wicket-keepers of all time.

4. Mahendra Singh Dhoni

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Mahendra-Singh-Dhoni

One of the best ODI captains 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 444 dismissals in 345 innings out of 350 One Day Internationals he participated in his career from 2004 to 2020. He took 321 catches and made 123 stumps at the rate of 1.286 dismissals per ODI. He also achieved his career’s best 6 dismissals in a single ODI. Fans now regard him as one of the greatest finishers in cricket history. Besides, he also holds his place among the top 10 greatest wicket-keepers of all time.

3. Kumar Sangakkara

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Kumar-Sangakkara

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. He also achieved his career’s best 5 dismissals in a single test match with 5 catches.

Sangakkara also achieved a total of 482 dismissals in 353 innings out of 404 One Day Internationals he participated in his career from 2000 to 2015. He took 383 catches and made 99 stumps at the rate of 1.365 dismissals per ODI, and also achieved his career’s best 5 dismissals in a single ODI. The whole world still dubbed him as one of the greatest cricketers of all time. Besides, he now also holds his place among the top 10 greatest wicket-keepers of all time.

2. Mark Boucher

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Mark-Boucher

Former South African wicketkeeper 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. Moreover, he 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. Besides, he also achieved his career’s best 6 dismissals in a single ODI. He now holds the second place in our list of the top 10 greatest wicket-keepers of all time.

1. Adam Gilchrist

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Adam-Gilchrist

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. Besides, he 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. He also achieved his career’s best 6 dismissals in a single ODI. Fans dubbed him as one of the best batsmen of all time. Besides, he also holds the top place among the top 10 greatest wicket-keepers of all time.

In cricket matches, batsmen and bowlers hog all the attention, and hardly anything goes to the wicketkeeper. 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. We hope, you liked our list of the greatest wicketkeepers of all time.

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  1. Kumar.geddam
    kumar.geddam November 21, 2019 04:48

    Please Sir, I need news for my assembly to read.

    1. Nigel Ford
      Nigel Ford July 13, 2020 15:21

      Alan Knott should be top and not even given a mention. What next, omitting Gary Sobers from best all rounders?

  2. Bob Patel
    Bob Patel January 9, 2020 22:30

    You don't have andy flower on this list are you joking!

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das January 10, 2020 02:00

      With which players you want us to replace Andy Flower with??

  3. Josh
    Josh January 16, 2020 09:57

    1.I believe by "dismissals per match" you mean "dismissals per innings"?!
    2. Haddin took 262 catches and made 8 stumpings at the rate of 2.41 and not 2.109 dismissals per innings. Please correct your calculation and with that Haddin should be right on the top.

  4. Ajay Tripathi
    Ajay Tripathi February 12, 2020 12:06

    Kirmani is one of the best wicket keepers of all time and possibly the best ever Indian keeper.His name should have been on this list.

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das February 13, 2020 00:10

      He played just 88 test matches and 49 ODIs. :/

  5. Joe Barnes
    Joe Barnes April 4, 2020 18:41

    Non better than Allan Knott

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das April 5, 2020 01:01

      What!! Are you serious?
      A man who played just 8 ODI matches and several test matches as there was no other wicketkeeper available for England is one of the greatest wicketkeepers for all time? Get your facts right, mate!

  6. Jonathan Wood
    Jonathan Wood August 19, 2020 19:05

    Bob Taylor was better than Knott, but Knott could bat... In the modern era, Sarah Taylor did stuff the guys could only dream of...

  7. Shahmeer Inam Khan
    Shahmeer Inam Khan September 10, 2020 17:26

    why are not Rashid Latif {PAK) include in this best wicket keeper list ?

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