Wicket keeper in the cricket world is the player who stands behind the stumps, wearing gloves and pads to catch the cricket ball. The task is one of the most challenging job for a cricketer on the cricket field. There are many ways in general in which the wicket keeper can contribute towards the dismissal of a batsman. In the history of cricket, there are some greatest wicket keepers. All of them have left their mark in the history book of world cricket. Their flexibility, aggressiveness, sharpness, precise movements, all these have made them the special ones.
Best wicket keepers of all time:
Today, we will bring to you the list of Top 10 greatest wicket keepers of all time. These ten best wicket keepers are taken account on the basis of their international performance records and achievements. Most of this best keepers are already retired and a few are found to be still playing with fame in cricket world 2015.
let’s, find out who is the best wicket keeper of all time cricket world?
10. Andrew Flower
Andrew Flower is a true legend in the game of cricket. He is a great ambassador of this game. Technically he is a very sound batsman and a wicket keeper. Andrew Flower was an important part of Zimbabwe’s National cricket team for more than 10 years and he is by far the best wicket keeper batsman for Zimbabwe.
Flower had a remarkable 333 dismissals behind the stumps (173 in ODI and 160 in test cricket). Andy Flower truly deserves at least No. 10 spot in this list of Top 10 best wicket keepers of all time.
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9. Alec Stewart
Alec James Stewart is a retired English wicket keeper and right handed batsman for England. At his time, he gloriously captained England Cricket team. Alec Stewart is the most capped English cricketer of time in Test cricket with 133 appearances and 2nd most capped in ODIs with 170 caps for England Cricket team.
Throughout his career, he made a total of 451 dismissals. Alec Stewart is the 9th in our list of top 10 best keepers of all time.
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8. Jeffrey Dujon
Peter Jeffrey Dujon is a retired West Indian cricketer. Currently he is involved in the cricket match commentary. Dujon was vital part of West Indian team in 80s. He was an athletic figure with gloves behind the stumps as well as an efficient lower-order batsman for West Indies.
He made a stunning 476 dismissals in his career. Jeffrey Dujon is placed at No 8 position in the list of top 10 best wicket keepers of all time.
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7. Moin Khan
Moin Khan was part of The Pakistan World Cup winning team in 1992. Moin khan had to compete with another great Pakistani wicket keeper, Rashid Latif. Moin shared most of his time with Rashid Latif as a wicket keeper. He is responsible for an amazing 435 dismissals in his cricketing career.
Moin Khan is mostly remembered for his activity behind the stumps, his high pitched voice was ready enough to distract any batsman. Moin Khan’s shouts like ‘sakki’, ‘mushi’ encouraged the bowlers very much. He is the 7th best wicket keeper in this list.
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6. MS Dhoni
World famous Indian skipper MS Dhoni’s performance behind the wicket is quite outstanding. Dhoni is already nearing a stunning 600 dismissals with 248 in Test, 287 in ODI and 29 in T20 internationals. His style of making the batsman out of the creases is remarkable indeed.
It is the crunch time for the photographers around the world. MS Dhoni is such a cricketer who possesses all the qualities, the speed, accuracy, athletics, sharpness. He can dismiss the batsmen in a flash. MS Dhoni is indeed one of the best wicket keepers of all time.
5. Rod Marsh
He is one of the famous cricketers with mustaches. Rod Marsh is a former Australian wicket keeper who was able to put his mark in the Australian cricket history. Marsh was single handedly grabbed over 800 first-class dismissals, 355 dismissals in Test cricket and 124 in ODI.
He was very much quick behind the wicket. His majestic movement charmed the cricket world very much. Rod Marsh is at No 5 position in the list of top 10 best wicket keepers of all time.
4. Ian Healy
Ian Healy has got a nickname “Heals”. He is a former Australian cricketer. Healy played for both Queensland and Australia National team. Ian Healy was an important part of the national team as it enjoyed a sustained period of success.
He had a total of 628 dismissals in his pocket with more than 5,000 runs as well. He is holding the No. 4 position in the list of top 10 greatest wicket keepers of all time cricket history.
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3. Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara is a stylish Srilankan wicket keeper batsman. It is kind of combination that is rarely found among the wicket keepers. Kumar Sangakkara scored more than 21,000 runs to his name with a total of 47 centuries and 117 half centuries throughout his career.
He holds the record stumping of 81 with above 600 dismissals. His acrobatic drives to catch the ball were distinguished. We put Kumar Sangakkara at No 3 position in our list of top 10 best wicket keepers of all time.
2. Mark Boucher
Mark Boucher replaced Dave Richardson after his retirement. Since then, he was South Africa’s first choice wicket keeper. Boucher is widely regarded as one of the greatest wicket keepers South Africa has ever had. He is the world record holder for the most dismissals in Test cricket.
He originally overtook the record from another great Australian wicket keeper, Ian Healy on 3 October 2007. In the list of top 10 best wicket keepers in cricket history, Mark Boucher is in the second position.
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1. Adam Gilchrist
Australian Cricket team was undoubtedly blessed to have him with them. He is one of the manufacturers of Australia’a golden age. He is Adam Gilchrist. He is a complete batsman and an amazing keeper of the wicket. He was able to follow the bowlers on either side of the wicket and even against the tricky Shane Warne. His performance was always up to the mark.
Adam Gilchrist would open with Mathew Hayden as a left handed batsman. He was well renowned for his devastating batting. In Test match cricket, he was always there to provide the explosive ammo down the lower order at No 7.
Adam Gilchrist disappointed over 900 batsmen with his acrobatic style of grabbing wickets. He scored more than 15,000 runs with 33 centuries and 81 half centuries. He was truly an asset for the Australian side. The legend wicket keeper dominated the world cricket for 12 years. There is hardly anyone who can touches his greatness. We consider Adam Gilchrist as the greatest wicket keeper of all time. His top position will be secured for long time in our list of top 10 best wicket keepers of all time.