Wicket keeping in international cricket is a tough job. It requires a lot of skill, technique and observation to become a successful wicketkeeper. In Tests, wicketkeeping is demanding as they have to adjust according to the pace and bounce of the pitches to take catches and stumping. A wicketkeeper has to be quick, agile for stumpings, run-outs and catches which might change the course of the game.
Here, we look at the wicketkeepers with most dismissals in international cricket:
1. Mark Boucher
Mark Boucher was an excellent wicketkeeper for South Africa in international cricket. He made his Test debut in 1997 against Pakistan. In Test matches, he took 532 catches and 23 stumping to his name while in One-day Internationals he took 403 catches and 22 stumpings. He appeared with the gloves for South Africa in 596 innings and had 998 dismissals out of which 952 were catches and 45 batsmen were being stumped. Mark Boucher was an excellent lower order batsman. He retired from international cricket due to an injury to his eye. He claimed 1.674 dismissals per innings on an average.
2. Adam Gilchrist
Adam Gilchrist was another fine keeper in international cricket who contributed much to Australian cricket. He made his Test debut against Pakistan in 1999. In Test matches, he took 379 catches and 37 stumpings to his name while in One day International cricket he took 417 catches and 55 stumpings. He has kept for Australia in 485 innings and had 905 dismissals out of which 813 were catches and 92 batsmen were being stumped. He was an integral part of the Australian and retired from international cricket in 2008. He claimed 1.865 dismissals per innings.
3. Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara was another fine wicketkeeper and batsmen for Sri Lanka. He was a fine batsman for Sri Lanka in Test and One Day International cricket. He made his test debut against South Africa in 2000. In Test matches, he played 134 matches taking 182 catches and 20 stumping while in One Day International cricket he played 404 matches taking 402 catches and 99 stumping. In addition to this he played 56 matches taking 25 catches and 20 stumping in T-20 cricket. He has kept for Sri Lanka in 499 innings and had 678 dismissals out of which 539 were catches and 139 batsmen were being stumped. He retired from One Day International cricket after the World Cup 2015 and also from Test cricket after the second Test match between India and Sri Lanka. He claimed 1.358 dismissals per innings.
4. Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mahendra Singh is an excellent wicketkeeper in One-day Internationals and T-20 cricket. He was a good keeper in Test matches, but the pressure of Test cricket made him retire from the format. He is a great finisher for India. He made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2005. In Test, he played 90 matches taking 256 catches and 38 stumping while in One-day Internationals he has played 265 matches so far taking 246 catches and 85 stumping. In addition to this he took 364 catches and 57 stumping. He has kept for India in 476 innings and had 661 dismissals out of which 527 were catches and 134 batsmen were being stumped. He was a pivotal part in India’s the T-20 World Cup triumph in 2007, ICC World Cup 2011 and ICC Champions trophy 2013 respectively. He claimed 1.388 dismissals per innings.
5. Ian Healy
Ian Healy was a good wicketkeeper for Australia. His technique, skills were brilliant and helped Australia win matches with his wicketkeeping. He made his Test debut against Pakistan in 1988. In Test, he played 119 matches taking 366 catches and 29 stumping while in One day International cricket he played 168 matches taking 194 catches and 39 stumping playing. He has kept for Australia in 392 innings and had 628 dismissals out of which 560 were catches and 68 batsmen were stumped. He was the captain for the Australian team. He claimed 1.602 dismissals per innings
6. Rod Marsh
Rod Marsh the current selector of the Australian was another good wicketkeeper for Australia. He made Test debut against England in 1970. In Test, he played 96 matches taking 343 catches and 12 stumpings while in One day International cricket he played 92 matches taking 120 catches and only 4 stumpings. He kept for Australia in 274 innings and had 479 dismissals out of which 463 were catches and 16 were stumping. He was an excellent batsman for Australia. He claimed 1.748 dismissals per innings.
7. Brad Haddin
Brad Haddin the recently retired cricketer has been an excellent wicketkeeper for Australia. He made his Test debut against West Indies in 2009. In Test cricket, he played 66 matches taking 262 catches and 8 stumpings while in One-day Internationals he played 126 matches taking 170 catches and 11 stumpings. He kept wickets for Australia in 274 innings and had 474 dismissals out of which 449 were catches and 25 batsmen were being stumped. He retired from One-day Internationals after winning World Cup 2015 and also retired from Test cricket yesterday. In addition, he has played 34 T-20 matches taking 17 catches and 6 stumpings. He claimed 1.729 dismissals per innings.
*Stats are updated up to 10th September 2015