Stats: Indian wicket-keepers with most dismissals in a Test match
Following Dhoni’s retirement from the longer format, it was Bengal wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha who filled in the void.
Published - Jan 8, 2018 6:02 pm | Updated - Jan 9, 2018 11:38 am
Wicket-keepers play an important role in a match, as he has to be active throughout. The job of a gloveman is extremely demanding in cricket as he tends to attract more attention when he commits a mistake or two rather than when he is going about his job well. There has been a gradual shift in the role of a wicket-keeper in Test cricket over the years.
There used to be a time when keepers were included solely for their glove work, batting at No.8 or below and averaging in the low to mid-20s. But in the last couple of decades, the expectations from a wicket-keeper have changed altogether. Apart from being absolutely clinical behind the stumps, they are now expected to be able to bat in the top seven and contribute to the team by making runs consistently
For years, Indian wicket-keepers have diligently performed their job behind the stumps. In this article, we take a look through the top Indian wicket-keepers with most dismissals in the longer format
Following Dhoni’s retirement from the longer format, it was Bengal wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha who filled in the void. And he did so in style. Heralded as one of the most technically sound glovemen in the country, Saha made an impressive 10 dismissals in the ongoing Test against South Africa at Cape Town. With the feat, he became the first Indian with 10 dismissals in a single Test surpassing the likes of his senior MS Dhoni.
The next cricketer is none other than former India skipper MS Dhoni himself. In fact, he features in the list on multiple occasion but his crafty display against Australia in 2014 behind the stumps puts him at second in the list. Not only one of the most successful captains the country has ever had, Dhoni is also heralded as the most successful wicket-keeper of all time. The 36-year-old managed an astonishing 8 catches and one stumping to complete his all 9 scalps.
The only other Indian that secures a spot on the list is Nayan Mongia. Ever since his foray into international cricket, Mongia would become an integral part of the Indian team that dominated Test cricket in sub-continent conditions. His maximum of 8 dismissals during India’s tour to the rainbow nation in 1996 stands out as the highlight of his career.