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Indian Wicket Keepers – The Elite Club

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Indian Wicket Keepers: A wicket-keeper plays a crucial role for the team in Cricket. He is the one who needs to be on his toes all the time while fielding. Keeping wickets for a side isn’t really a piece of cake. You can’t afford to make a lot of mistakes while standing behind the wickets.

Indian Wicket Keepers

A wicket-keeper also actively performs the role of encouraging the players to stay motivated during the course of the game. India have been blessed with several wicket-keepers in their cricketing history. India, however, lacked a wicket-keeper who was also an aggressive batsman until MS Dhoni came to the fore.

In MS Dhoni, India found a gem of a cricketer and for a decade the team didn’t have to worry about looking for a solid wicket-keeping option. On that note, here’s a look at India’s top five wicket-keepers in their cricketing history:

  1. MS Dhoni

As far as India’s greatest wicket-keeping batsman is concerned, MS Dhoni’s name has to be at the top. The former Indian skipper played 535 games as a wicket-keeper for India. He made 823 dismissals, which includes 631 catches and 192 stumpings.

He is not only India’s great wicket-keeper but also the greatest skipper in Indian cricket history. MS Dhoni is the only captaincy to have won all three ICC trophies, namely, ICC World Cup 2011, ICC T20 World Cup 2007 and ICC 2013 Champions Trophy.

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  1. Nayan Mongia

Nayan Mongia is India’s second-best wicket-keeper in their cricketing history. In 184 games, he affected 261 dismissals, including 209 catches and 52 stumpings. He scored 1272 and 1442 runs in Tests and ODI respectively in his international cricket career.

  1. Syed Kirmani

Former Indian cricketer, Syed Kirmani was counted amongst India’s finest wicket-keepers. He was awarded as the best wicket-keeper in the 1983 World Cup. In 137 matches, he affected 234 dismissals, which include 187 catches and 47 stumpings.

  1. Kiran More

Former Indian wicket-keeper, Kiran More represented India from 1984 to 1993 in 49 Tests and 94 ODIs. In his illustrious career, he affected 220 dismissals, including 173 catches and 47 stumpings. More has scored 1285 runs in Tests at an average of 25.7. In ODIs, he has 563 runs to his name at an average of 13.

  1. Wriddhiman Saha

The Indian wicket-keeper, Wriddhiman Saha is currently the best as far as keeping wickets is concerned. He is known for his safest hands behind the wickets. Saha is, currently, an active Indian wicket-keeper. He has played 38 Tests and 9 ODIs so far for team India. He has scored 1251 runs in 38 Tests at an average of 29. So far, he has affected 121 dismissals, including 109 catches and 12 stumpings.

Indian Wicket Keepers List

Following is the list of wicketkeepers of India in Test Cricket

No. Player Test career Tests Catches Stumpings Total
dismissals
1 Janardan Navle 1932–1933 2 1 0 1
2 Dilawar Hussain 1934–1936 3 6 1 7
3 Dattaram Hindlekar 1936–1946 4 3 0 3
4 Khershed Meherhomji 1936 1 1 0 1
5 Jenni Irani 1947 2 2 1 3
6 Khokhan Sen 1948–1952 14 20 11 31
7 Nana Joshi 1951–1960 12 18 9 27
8 Madhav Mantri 1951–1952 3 6 1 7
9 Vijay Rajindernath 1952 1 0 4 4
10 Ebrahim Maka 1952–1953 2 2 1 3
11 Vijay Manjrekar 1953 1 0 1 1
12 Naren Tamhane 1955–1961 21 35 16 51
13 Chandrakant Patankar 1955–1956 1 3 1 4
14 Budhi Kunderan 1960–1967 15 21 7 28
15 Farokh Engineer 1961–1975 46 66 16 82
16 Prince Indrajitsinhji 1964–1969 4 6 3 9
17 Pochiah Krishnamurthy 1971 5 7 1 8
18 Syed Kirmani 1976–1986 88 160 38 198
19 Bharath Reddy 1979 4 9 2 11
20 Sadanand Viswanath 1985 3 11 0 11
21 Kiran More 1986–1993 49 110 20 130
22 Chandrakant Pandit 1986–1992 3 11 2 13
23 Vijay Yadav 1993 1 1 2 3
24 Nayan Mongia 1994–2001 44 99 8 107
25 Mannava Prasad 1999–2000 6 15 0 15
26 Saba Karim 2000 1 1 0 1
27 Vijay Dahiya 2000 2 6 0 6
28 Sameer Dighe 2001 6 12 2 14
29 Deep Dasgupta 2001–2002 8 13 0 13
30 Ajay Ratra 2002 6 11 2 13
31 Parthiv Patel 2002–2018 25 62 10 72
32 Dinesh Karthik 2004–2018 19 51 6 57
33 Mahendra Singh Dhoni 2005–2014 90 256 38 294
34 Wriddhiman Saha 2012–present 38 92 11 103
35 Naman Ojha 2015 1 4 1 5
36 Rishabh Pant 2018–present 20 75 7 82

Here’s a list of India ODI wicketkeeper

No. Player Span ODIs Catches Stumpings Total
1 Farokh Engineer 1974–1975 5 3 1 4
2 Syed Kirmani 1976–1986 49 27 9 36
3 Pochiah Krishnamurthy 1976 1 3 1 2
4 Bharath Reddy 1978–1981 3 2 0 2
5 Surinder Khanna 1979–1984 10 4 4 8
6 Kiran More 1984–1993 94 63 27 90
7 Sadanand Viswanath 1984–1988 22 17 7 24
8 Chandrakant Pandit 1986–1992 33 15 15 30
9 Vijay Yadav 1992–1994 19 12 7 19
10 Nayan Mongia 1994–2000 140 110 44 154
11 Saba Karim 1997–2000 34 27 3 30
12 Mannava Prasad 1998–1999 17 14 7 21
13 Rahul Dravid 1999–2004 73 71 13 84
14 Sameer Dighe 2000–2001 23 19 5 24
15 Vijay Dahiya 2000–2001 19 19 5 24
16 Deep Dasgupta 2001 5 3 1 4
17 Ajay Ratra 2002 11 11 5 16
18 Parthiv Patel 2003–2012 27 30 9 39
19 Dinesh Karthik 2004–2019 26 34 7 41
20 Mahendra Singh Dhoni 2004–2019 350 321 123 444
21 Wriddhiman Saha 2010–2014 9 17 1 18
22 Robin Uthappa 2014–2015 5 4 2 6
23 Rishabh Pant 2019–2020 9 8 1 9
24 K. L. Rahul 2020–present 5 5 2 7

 

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