We talked about most dismissals as fielders from each countries yesterday. Today, we will look into wicket keepers from dismissing the most for their countries and topping the list.
We will be looking at the countries’ top wicket keepers who have dismissed the most opposite players for their sides in combined Tests, ODIs and T20Is. We will also be looking at their “catches/innings” or “cat/inn” ratio, which indicates how many times they take a catch in an innings.
Note: The (*) symbol will indicate that the player is still active in cricket.
1. Mark Boucher (South Africa) – 998
Not just South Africa’s but world’s finest and maybe even underrated wicket keeper of all time. Mark Boucher met with a freak accident where bail flew on his face and resulting in his injury to his eye, eventually ending his career. Otherwise, he would have become the world’s one and only wicket keeper to have dismissed 1,000 opposition player. His “cat/inn” ratio is 1.674.
Here’s how his career ended.
2. Adam Gilchrist (Australia) – 905
One of Australia’s destructive openers in white-ball cricket and a strong number 7 batsman, Adam Gilchrist is listed second in the most dismissals by a keeper. A very energetic player, his “cat/inn” ratio reads 1.865.
3. MS Dhoni (India) – 829
Perhaps the greatest wicket keeper of all time? MS Dhoni is no stranger to anyone when someone takes about keepers in cricket. Acrobatic and quick thinking former captain, MS Dhoni dismissed some players in quite flashy way. He is known for his quick stumping. His “cat/inn” ratio is 1.363.
4. Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) – 678
Kumar Sangakkara is known mostly known for his classy batting. But he was Sri Lanka’s finest wicket keepers and their leader in this chart. Sangakkara is also underrated when it comes to keeping. His “cat/inn” ratio is 1.358.
5. Jeff Dujon (West Indies) – 474
In the era where wicket keepers only meant that they have to keep wickets, Jeff Dujon was from that era. But he slowly moved up in the order and eventually settled somewhere between middle and lower as his average rose to 30. And he was a great keeper, keeping wickets for the likes of Michael Holding, Curtly Ambrose, Malcolm Marshall and Courtney Walsh. His “cat/inn” ratio is 1.500.
6. Kamran Akmal (Pakistan) – 453
Kamran Akmal is known for his dropping catches because of his slippery keeping. But he is Pakistan’s leading keeper across formats. In fact, had he caught or stump without fail, he would have been close to 800 dismissals. His “cat/inn” ratio is 1.495
– Brendon McCullum (New Zealand) – 453
Joint with Kamran Akmal, Brendon McCullum is New Zealand’s leader in the list of most dismissals in keeping. Known for his explosive batting at the top for New Zealand, McCullum gave up the keeping duties later on and become one of the finest fielders in his side. His “cat/inn” ratio reads 1.415.
8. Alec Stewart (England) – 404
England’s leading keeper in the list is their former captain and wicket keeper Alex Stewart, joint with Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim with 404. He was fine opening batsman too for his side. His “cat/inn” ratio is 1.453.
– Mushfiqur Rahim (Bangladesh) – 404*
Joint with Alec Stewart in the list, Mushfiqur Rahim has been the most successful wicket keeper for Bangladesh throughout the cricket career. He is also an excellent batsman too. His “cat/inn” ratio is 1.049.
10. Andy Flower (Zimbabwe) – 316
Zimbabwe’s Andy Flower is the leader for his side in leading the list for most dismissals by keeper. He is one of the most underrated Test player of all time, averaging 51 with almost 5000 runs to his name. His “cat/inn” ratio reads 1.124.
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