The wicketkeepers are one of the most vital cogs in the squad. They have grown up to play a crucial role in the course of the game and their demand in the game has risen to the maximum and their impact on the result of the game has been significant. The wicketkeepers are the only ones of the fielding side to be granted permission to wear gloves.
They always have to be alert on the field and have to be street-smart in order to effect quick stumpings. Most of the wicketkeepers have set the stage on fire and shown their exemplary glovework on numerous occasions. Here, we take a look at the three greatest wicket-keepers of all time.
#3 Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the former Indian skipper currently plays as a wicketkeeper-batsman for India in the limited overs format. In 2016, he stepped down from captaincy and BCCI appointed Virat Kohli as the new captain of the Indian team. Dhoni is an attacking right-handed middle order batsman and he is considered as one the best wicketkeepers to have played the game of cricket.
He is also regarded one of the greatest finishers in T20 and ODI format and he discovered the famous ‘helicopter shot’ in cricket and is also well-known for his quick stumpings. Dhoni was one of the most successful captains for India and he has a captaincy record for the most wins during his time in all three formats. Dhoni was also nicknamed as ‘Captain Cool’ due to his cool and free-headed mind on the field irrespective of the situation.
MS Dhoni made his test debut in 2005 against Sri Lanka. He is also the first Indian keeper to complete 4000 runs and also he has 294 dismissals as wicketkeeper in the Test format of the game. He made his ODI debut in 2004 against Bangladesh and has a record of the most dismissals in ODI as an Indian wicket keeper. He is also the first wicketkeeper in the world to take 100 ODI stumpings and also the first Indian keeper to take 300 ODI catches.
He began his T20 career in ICC T20 in 2006 against South Africa. In this format, he has the most dismissals as wicketkeeper and became the first keeper to reach 150 stumpings. Hence, Dhoni is a game-changer of a different level and he is simply considered as one of the greatest wicket keepers of all time.
#2 Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Chokshanda Sangakkara, the former Sri Lankan cricketer and captain currently appears as a commentator for various cricket matches. He was a left-handed wicket-keeper batsman.
Sangakkara is the only player in Sri Lanka to reach 14,000 runs in ODI format. He made his Test debut in 2000 against South Africa and he also holds the record to have scored above 150 runs in four consecutive test matches. He took part in different leagues across the world. In Srilanka Premier League (SPL), he played for Kandurata Warriors as captain.
In 2000, Sangakkara made his ODI debut against Pakistan. He is the only batsman to have scored four consecutive centuries in the 2015 ICC World Cup and he is the second best in the world when it comes to most number of dismissals effected as wicketkeeper in World cup after Adam Gilchrist. Sangakkara leads the ODI wicketkeeping charts with the most number of dismissals to his name.
Sri Lanka have struggled a lot without the services of Kumar Sangakkara.
#1 Adam Gilchrist
Adam Craig Gilchrist, the former Australian cricketer and captain is widely remembered for his flawless glovework and his destructive brutality with the bat as an opener for Australia.
He was an aggressive left-handed batsman and he is widely considered as one of the best wicketkeepers in the history of cricket. In Test cricket, he made his debut in 1999 against Pakistan and he is also the fourth Australian to score the fastest Test century in just 57 deliveries against England. Gilchrist is the second best to have affected most Test dismissals as a wicketkeeper.
He made his ODI debut in 1996 against South Africa. He has the second most ODI hundreds as a wicketkeeper and once he had a wicketkeeping record of most ODI dismissals.
In World Cup, he is the first wicketkeeper to reach 50+ dismissals. Overall, Gilchrist was widely praised due to his fantastic glovework and true sportsmanship.