Like any other team sports, every player and every position is vital in cricket too. Apart from batting and bowling, fielding is another crucial part of cricket. While we can count most of the contributions from the batsmen and bowlers, fielding contributions are not always countable officially, especially the amount of run saves by the fielders. However, these run-saves are very crucial for any team to dominate in a match.
Wicket-keeping is an essential part of the fielding. Like the bowling, batting and other sides of the fielding, many teams now depend on the specialist wicketkeepers. With time progresses, the importance of the wicketkeepers has grown up hugely in international cricket.
Apart from catching and making run-out, just like the other fielders, the wicketkeepers also can make the stumpings. The stumping part is the unique part of the wicketkeepers as only the wicketkeepers can perform the stumpings.
Wicket-keeping is a skilful process. It is not an easy job for the other fielders to replace the wicketkeeper.
In the long international cricket history, we have seen a lot of talented wicketkeepers who have tirelessly served for his/her team behind the stumps. Ian Healy, Moin Khan, Adam Gilchrist, Mark Boucher, MS Dhoni, Kumar Sangakkara, Brendon McCullum etc. are some of the famous international wicketkeepers who have achieved huge international successes in this role.
In this article, we are briefly discussing the top ten catches by the wicketkeepers in international cricket history.
10. MS Dhoni (India) – dismissed Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)
Indian wicketkeeper MS Dhoni is known as one of the greatest wicketkeepers in international cricket history. Utilising his experiences with a cool and calm attitude, MS Dhoni has made a habit of performing brilliantly behind the wicket.
MS Dhoni took this stunning catch back in 2012 during the ODI tri-series in Australia. It was the second game of this tournament (Commonwealth Bank Series) where India faced Sri Lanka at Perth on 8th February 2012.
In the first innings of that match, when Sri Lanka was batting on 74/1, Dhoni took that stunner to dismiss Kumar Sangakkara. Facing the Indian left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan, Sri Lankan cricketer Sangakkara managed an edge that travelled to the middle of wicketkeeper and the first slip. Dhoni didn’t hesitate to go on that and successfully picked up at his flying moment. While Sangakkara lost his wicket on 26 runs, Sri Lanka was batting on 74/2.