Ranking top 10 wicket-keeper batters at the moment

Ranking top 10 wicket-keeper batters at the moment

Wicket-keeping can be a thankless job, but one needs to put in the hard yards to excel.

Mohammad Rizwan
Mohammad Rizwan. (Photo by ASIF HASSAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Wicket-keeping is a specialized position in every cricket team. Being a wicket-keeper is one of the toughest things to do on the cricket field. Some wicket-keepers in the history of the game were great batters too. Adam Gilchrist, Kumar Sangakkara, and MS Dhoni are some of the great wicket-keeping batters in the history of cricket.

Earlier, wicket-keepers were not considered as good batters. But as the game changed the complete scenario changed and now the wicket-keepers also contribute with the bat. Adam Gilchrist used to open the batting and also used to keep throughout the innings which is just unbelievable. Even the kiwi great Brendon McCullum also started his career as a wicket-keeper.

In the current generation, there are some amazingly good wicket-keepers too. Every team has a quality wicket-keeper who plays an impactful role in their team’s success. The work of the wicket-keeper requires extreme awareness and speed. He should be attentive, focused, and quick as the time they get for reacting is very little.

In the article, let’s rank the top-10 wicket-keeper batters of the current lot

10. Mohammad Shahzad (Afghanistan)

BRISTOL, ENGLAND – JUNE 1 : Mohammad Shahzad. (Photo by Philip Brown/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

The Afghanistan superstar Mohammad Shahzad never fails to entertain cricket fans whenever he comes out to bat. His batting is full of powerful shots and 80-yard sixes. He is often trolled for him being overweight but these things never bothered him as he trusts his abilities. He is quite unorthodox while keeping but he is very effective.

The 34-year old has played two Tests, 84 ODIs and 70 T20Is in which he has scored 69, 2727, and 2015 runs respectively. He bats with a strike rate of 133.62 in T20Is and also has a hundred to his name in the shortest format. Afghanistan has not played many Test matches but he was the one to score the first-ever runs for Afghanistan in Test cricket. He is a natural stroke player.

In a total of 156 international games that he has played, he has taken 94 catches and has made 53 stumpings. He holds a record of scoring a hundred and committing four dismissals in an ODI game. He also holds the record of most dismissals in a T20I innings getting involved in five dismissals. He has scored the second-highest individual score in a T20I among wicket-keepers.