When you think about cricket so many greatest batsmen and bowlers come to mind. But there is also one more role which is extremely important in cricket- Wicket Keeping. There are many best wicket-keepers in the world. Good wicket-keeping can turn the game upside down.
Let’s check out the best wicket-keepers in the world.
Best Wicket-keepers in the World 2021:
|#||Player||Country||Total Dismissals(Test, ODI&T20)|
|1||Mark Boucher||South Africa||979|
|3||Mahendra Singh Dhoni||India||738|
|4||Kumar Sangakkara||Sri Lanka||645|
|7||Jeff Dujon||West Indies||474|
|10||Brendon McCullum||New Zealand||420|
1. Mark Boucher
Test – 523/23
ODI – 403/22
Mark Boucher is a South African cricket coach and former cricketer, who played all three formats of the game. He is regarded as one of the best wicket-keeper batsmen of all time.
Mark holds the record for the most Test dismissals by a Wicket-keeper. 532 catches and 555 total dismissals. Boucher has played 147 tests and 295 one-day international matches.
2. Adam Gilchrist
Test – 397/37
ODI – 417/55
Adam Gilchrist is an Australian cricket commentator and former international captain. Regarded as the greatest wicket-keeper batsman in the history of cricket.
Gilchrist held the world record for the most dismissals by a wicket-keeper in a one-day international later record was surpassed by Kumar Sangakkara in 2015. Adam Gilchrist has played 96 tests and 287 one-day international matches.
3. Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Test – 256/38
ODI – 321/123
Mahendra Singh Dhoni a former Indian international cricketer who captained the Indian national team. He is regarded as one of the best wicket-keepers in the world from India.
He was the first wicket-keeper to effect 100 stumpings in ODI cricket. Dhoni became the first captain to win all 3 ICC limited over trophies – World Cup, Champions Trophy and T20. Dhoni has played 90 tests, 350 one-day internationals and 98 T20 matches.
4. Kumar Sangakkara
Test – 182/20
ODI – 402/99
Kumar Sangakkara is the former captain of the Sri Lanka national cricket team and one of the best wicket-keepers in the world. He is a left-handed top-order batsman and was a wicket-keeper for many years.
He holds the record for the most wicketkeeping dismissals in ODI cricket. Sangakkara has played 134 test matches, 404 one-day international and 50 T20 matches.
5. Ian Healy
Test – 366/29
ODI – 194/39
The fifth in the list of Best wicket-keepers in the world is Ian Healy. He is a former Australian international cricketer. He was a specialist wicket-keeper and useful right-hand middle-order batsmen.
By the time of his retirement, he held the world record for most Test dismissals by a wicket-keeper. Healy has played 119 test matches and 168 one-day international matches.
6. Rod Marsh
Test – 343/11
ODI – 120/4
Rodney William marsh is an Australian former professional cricketer who played as a wicket-keeper for the Australian national cricket team.
Marsh has played 96 test matches and 92 one-day internationals matches.
7. Jeff Dujon
Test – 267/5
ODI – 183/21
Jeff Dujon is a former West Indies cricketer; he was the wicket-keeper for the West Indies cricket team in the 1980s.
During his cricket career, he was a specialist wicket-keeper as he completed 447 catches and 22 stumpings. Dujon has played 81 tests and 169 one-day international matches.
8. Brad Haddin
Test – 262/8
ODI – 170/11
Brad Haddin is the former Australian cricketer, vice-captain and coach who represented Australia in all three forms of international cricket.
He was regarded as one of the best wicket-keepers in the world from 2008 to 2015. He played 66 test matches and 126 one-day international matches.
9. Moin Khan
Test – 128/20
ODI – 214/73
Moin Khan is a former Pakistani cricketer and primarily a wicket-keeper batsman. He was a member of the Pakistani national team from 1990 to 2004.
He played 69 test matches and 219 one-day international matches.
10. Brendon McCullum
Test – 198/11
ODI – 262/15
The last and 10th in the list of best wicket-keepers in the World is Brendon McCullum. He is a New Zealand cricket coach, commentator and former cricketer.
McCullum has the record of the fastest century of all time. He has played 101 test matches, 261 Day international and 71 T20 matches.
These were the top 10 best wicket-keepers in the world in 2021.