It is widely accepted that the test format of cricket poses the most difficulty for wicketkeepers when compared to the other two forms. This is because the keeper is required to keep for a much longer amount of time compared to limited overs and they are also responsible to cool down cricket fight in ground. This part of the article will be going to take a look at the wicketkeepers who have amassed the most catches in test cricket.
Matt Prior was an important character for the English squad since he played wicketkeeper for them. He was an amazing keeper for England and performed well while batting in the seventh position. Despite having played for around 7 years total, he had roughly 250 players dismissed throughout his tenure. His playing career was cut short prematurely due to injuries sustained to his Achilles, which ultimately required him to undergo surgery.
When Prior’s test career was up, he had a total of 256 dismissals, 243 of which were catches and 13 of which were stumpings.
Since Brendon McCullum stepped down from his duty as the test wicketkeeper for New Zealand, BJ Watling has taken up the responsibilities of that position. His skills as a wicketkeeper were top-notch, to say the least. When it came time to bat, he was the one who stepped up to the plate to bail out the club and rescue the day.
Watling finished his career as a test cricket player with a total of 265 dismissals, 257 catches, and 8 stumpings.
Alan Knott, a wicketkeeper for the English team. The majority of the decade was spent with him being active. He was proficient in both attacking and defending against any kind of delivery. It was observed that his wicket keeping was fluid and rapid, which was a compliment.
Knott concluded his career as a test cricket player with a total of 269 dismissals. Of them, 250 were catches and 19 were stumpings.
The Australian team’s wicket keeper was named Brad Haddin. He didn’t make his debut in a test match until he was 30 years old since, at the time, the team already had Adam Gilchrist, who is widely regarded as the best keeper in the world. Haddin rapidly cemented himself as Australia’s first-choice wicketkeeper across all forms of the game, and he also started to show hints of his brilliance quite shortly after that.
Haddin concluded his career as a test cricket player with a total of 270 dismissals, including 262 catches and 8 stumpings.
Jeff Dujon, a wicketkeeper for the West Indies, served as the team’s captain throughout the 1980s. When the West Indies were up against their deadly pace batteries, Dujon would often perform miracles behind the wickets for them. In the field of play with the bat, he was also quite successful.
Dujon was responsible for 270 dismissals throughout his time playing cricket in tests (265 catches and 5 stumpings).
M S Dhoni
Dhoni was India’s wicketkeeper throughout the latter part of the 2000s and the beginning of the 2010s. Behind the wickets, he was unconquerable whenever spin bowlers were on the attack. The majority of the time, he was just let go with no apparent explanation for the decision. He was a fierce competitor at the plate, turning what seemed like certain defeats into hard-fought draws on many occasions.
Dhoni collected a total of 294 dismissals throughout his time spent competing in tests, including 256 catches and 38 stumpings.
During his career as a professional athlete, Rod Marsh was an indispensable member of the Australian national squad for test cricket. A regular sight on the scoreboard was the combo of Marsh and the Australian speedster Dennis Lillee, which was denoted by the notation “c Marsh b Lillee.” Additionally, he was an outstanding hitter in his own right, and he was the driving force behind a lot of comebacks from a low score.
Marsh was responsible for 355 dismissals, 343 catches, and 12 stumpings throughout his time spent playing in test matches.
Ian Healy, a keeper for Australia on the wicket. The majority of the decade was spent with him being active. In particular, he was tasked with the responsibility of guarding wickets against the wild spin of Shane Warne. His strengths were in the role of wicketkeeper, which he played quite well.
After his career in test cricket was over, Healy had a total of 395 dismissals, 366 catches, and 29 stumpings.
He was mostly engaged in the new century and made significant contributions. He brought the concept of a keeper-batsman into the twenty-first century by defining what had previously been an ambiguous word. Gilchrist was a true batter and could play as a specialist batsman for any team in the world, whereas the majority of teams were content with a competent gloveman behind the wickets and gave little consideration to his batting abilities. Gilchrist was able to play as a specialist batsman for any team in the world. Through the use of his bat, he has single-handedly saved several matches for Australia.
Gilchrist was responsible for a total of 416 dismissals throughout his time spent playing tests, with 379 catches and 37 stumpings contributing to that total.
Mark Boucher has taken the most wickets of any other player in the history of test cricket. He came within two dismissals of tying the record of 1000 in international cricket, where he competed. When it came to batting, South Africa often depended on him when the stakes were the highest. He played well under pressure. His career was cut short amid the championship series when a bail hit him in the eye during a pregame warmup game. This caused him to be sidelined for the rest of the tournament.
Boucher concluded his career as a test cricket player with 555 dismissals, including 532 catches and 23 stumpings.