Top 5 Wicket-Keeper Batsmen: A wicket-keeper is someone who has to don multiple roles during the course of a cricket match. From Collecting 300 balls behind the stumps in an ODI to standing tall for 5 days straight in a Test, a wicket-keeper does it all. With the inclusion of modern technology, the game has excelled greatly. However, this has further put extra responsibilities on the playing XI, especially wicket-keepers. Historically, players with a balance of keeping and batting skills have gone a long way in their careers at the highest level. Some of them left a long-lasting impression on cricket and are still regarded as one of the best in the department.
Therefore, let’s take a look at the Top-5 wicket-keeper batsmen from the past decade ( 2010-2021).
Top 5 Wicket-Keeper Batsmen
In this list, we will walk you through the top 5 wicket-keeper batsmen who have graced the game with the bat and behind the stumps.
5. Brad Haddin ( Australia )
Australia has always had the knack of producing quality wicket-keepers. Over the years, the subcontinent has produced some of the greatest keepers in cricketing history. These include the likes of Ian Healy, Rod Marsh, Adam Gilchrist, and so on. Yet another such talent is former Australian wicket-keeper Brad Haddin. At the Test level, Haddin has 270 dismissals and 181 in ODIs. As a middle-order batsman, Haddin had a confident style, punching that ball around the field. He made four hundred at the Test level and 18 half-centuries. In ODIs, he made two centuries and 16 half-centuries.
4. Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)
This muscular Kiwi will go down as one of the most explosive batsmen in world cricket history. It was his heroics that helped New Zealand reach the finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. He inflicted heavy damage on great bowling oppositions through his unorthodox gameplay. Apart from that, he was also brilliant behind the stumps. He inflicted 201 Test dismissals as a wicket-keeper and 273 dismissals in ODIs. Without a doubt, Brendon McCullum is definitely one of the top 5 wicket-keeper batsmen of the last decade.
3. Quinton De Kock ( South Africa )
Ever since his debut, Quinton De Kock has been a vital asset for South Africa at the top order. The explosive left-hander is known for his heavy-hitting and ability to take on the bowlers right from the start. In addition to that, his athleticism behind the stumps never goes unnoticed. He affected 36 dismissals, which include 28 catches and eight stumpings. He has the fastest wicketkeeper record in terms of matches (35) to take 150 test dismissals and the fastest wicketkeeper, in terms of matches, to complete 200 dismissals in Tests (47), beating the previous record made by Adam Gilchrist.
2. Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)
Given his record, Kumar Sangakkara will always go down as one of the finest ever keepers to play the game. Not only did he lead his side with dignity, but he also fulfilled all the responsibilities superbly that were asked of him. When it comes to his work behind the stumps, Sangakkara has over 500 ODI dismissals in his kitty and holds the record for the most number of dismissals in World Cups at 54.
1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni ( India )
We probably would run out of words to describe the former Indian Captain and wicket-keeper. Hailing from Ranchi, MS Dhoni has been one of India’s most precious gift to world cricket. The former Indian captain has represented India in four consecutive world cups. It was under his captaincy that India won the ICC World Cup 2011 after 28 years. At an international level, Dhoni is ranked fifth, fourth and first for the highest amount of dismissals as a wicketkeeper at Test and ODI level, respectively. In Tests, he has 294 dismissals to his name and 398 in ODI matches. It is his sublime record that puts him at No 1 in the list of the top 5 wicket-keeper batsmen of the last decade
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