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Wicket-keepers play a very crucial part in the game of cricket. They are responsible for very crucial and important wickets which help to turn around matches. Wicket-keepers needs to be alert throughout the innings as their mindset and focus is extremely important. Their job is equally important, if not more, than the bowlers or batsmen.
Thus, the game of cricket has witnessed several unbelievably talented wicket-keepers who have been instrumental for many dismissals. These players have won matches alone, as their is a saying in cricket 'catches win matches'. Here are top 10 keepers of all time in cricket.
10. Moin Khan
Moin Khan is the best wicket keeper for Pakistan. In 69 tests, he took 128 catches and made 20 stumping. In ODIs he made 287 dismissals. He captained the national side and also won several man of the match awards. Post his retirement, PCB tried many keepers to fit in his shoes but all of them failed. He also served as the PCB selector and coach. Khan thus fits in at the number 10 position.
9. Brad Haddin
Brad Haddin is one of the best keepers in the modern era of cricket. In tests, he is sixth on the list for total number of dismissals. In ODIs he has made a total of 181 dismissals. Haddin was expected to fill the shoes Adam Gilchrist, and he was successful up-to some extent. Haddin helped Australia win many matches under the capacity of Keeper and batsman. He is thus on the number 9 position.
8. Alec Stewart
Alec Stewart was one of the safest man behind the stumps. He made 277 dismissals in tests and 174 in ODIs. He was utilized as a keeper come batsman but his capability behind the stumps is unparalleled. Stewart captained England and was a member of the Wisden cricketer of the year in 1993. He was a veteran for the England team who combined his talents both with the bat and behind the wicket, to stir England to many successful victories.
7. Jeff Dujon
Dujon finished his career as the 7th most successful keeper in tests in terms of number of dismissals. With 272 dismissals in tests and 204 dismissals in tests, he is often regarded as one of the all time greatest keepers of all time. Dujon was the keeper of the West Indian team which dominated world cricket for a long spa of time. He is serving as a commentator and was the wisden cricketer of the year in 1989. He is thus on the number 5 position.
6. Rod Marsh
Rod Marsh was one of the best keepers for Australia. In 96 tests he made 355 dismissals and 124 dismissals in ODIs. He could pull any catch and is the 4th successful keeper in test history. He could pull blinders easily and is always regarded as one of the best keepers of his generation and thus occupies the number six position on our list.
5. Ian Healy
Healy is the second best wicket keeper for Australia after Adam Gilchrist. He is the third most successful keeper in tests and the fifth most successful overall (despite not playing T20s). Healy took many important catches and guided Australia to snatch victory from the clutches of his opponents. He used several tactics behind the stumps and it helped him fool the batsmen and he used to dismiss him. Healy created several world records and is thus at the number 5 position in this list.
4. Kumar Sangakkara
Sangakkara is the best wicket keeper for Sri Lanka and is also one of the greatest of all times. He finished his career with a total of 703 dismissals (tests and ODIs) combined. He owns the record for the 4th highest dismissal in world cricket and was one of the most trusted man behind the stumps. He could sledge, use his swiftness and basically do everything to pick wickets of batsmen across the world. He is one of the most loved keepers across the world and is thus on the number 4 position.
3. MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni is the best wicket keeper in the world at present. No keeper can be as cunning as Dhoni is. He can dismiss anyone in a split second and has an outstanding record behind the stumps. Dhoni follows an unorthodox style of Keeping and has fooled batsmen across the world. Be it tests, ODIs or T20s, he is undisputedly better than anyone at present. Dhoni is the 4th most successful keeper overall in terms of number of dismissals. He has a record of 785 dismissals so far and is thus number 3 on the list.
2. Adam Gilchrist
Gilchrist is the second most successful keeper of all time in cricket next to Mark Boucher. He could fly like a superman and take catches in the air. His athletic ability helped him to take some of the most difficult catches in the history of cricket. He has a total of 905 dismissals in cricket and was a role model for young wicket keepers. He is the best wicket keeper for Australia and the world hails him as one of the best opening batsman come keeper to have ever played the game of cricket.
1. Mark Boucher
Undoubtedly the best wicket keeper of any generations, Boucher was forced to retire when a bell hit him in the eye while keeping. With the gloves, he can be the most trusted man in the world behind the wicket. He finished his career with a total of 998 dismissals and could have easily touched 1500 had it not been for the injury. His keeping skills are wonderful and his patience is an asset for any team. Boucher is thus on the number one position on this list.