Wicket-Keeper plays a vital role behind the wicket. A good wicket-keeper helps the bowlers in taking wickets with his/her acrobatic fielding or lighting fast stumping. A good wicket-keeper also helps in setting good fielding.
Which Wicket-Keeper Has Most Stumpings In Test Cricket?
Here are the top Ten wicket-keepers in Test cricket.(Bottom—>Top)
Jack Blackham is an Australian cricketer who represented Australia from 1877 to 1894. He has played 35 matches and has 24 stumpings to his name. He was regarded as the first choice wicket-keeper for Australia for almost eighteen years.
Romesh Shantha Kaluwitharana failed to secure his place despite playing an inning of 132* on his debut match because of his occasional errors in the wicket-keeping. However, he improved his wicket-keeping skills and served his country for 14 years. During this period, he has 119 dismissals, including 26 stumping to his name in 49 matches.
Wasim Bari, the only Pakistan cricketer to make in this list, is widely reputed to have been the finest wicket-keepers that his nation produced. He was the safest wicket-keeper behind the wicket in that era. He played 81 matches and has 201 catches and 27 stumpings.
Ian Healy has represented the Australia team from 1988 to 1999. Ian has 395 dismissals to his name in 119 Test matches. With 29 stumpings, he stands ahead of Rod Marsh, Wally Grout, Don Tallon.
Hewasandatchige Asiri Prasanna Wishvanath Jayawardene was able to play for Sri Lanka from 2000 to 2015 despite the presence of Legendary Kumar Sangakkara. He has 32 stumpings to his name in 58 Test matches.
The legendary cricketer from Australia, Adam Gilchrist, was phenomenal with bat and gloves since his arrival in the international circuit, rank 5th on the list of most stumpings in Test. He is rated as one of the finest wicket-keepers in the modern era. He contributes to 294 dismissals, including 37 stumping in 96 Test matches.
MS Dhoni is a role model for billions of people, a complete package batsman wicket-keeper that every team wants in their respective squad. The Legendary cricketer from India kept wickets for India in 90 Test matches between 2005 to 2014 and helped in 294 dismissals with his wicket-keeping skills. He did a total of 38 stumpings in the Test matches.
Syed Kirmani, who has 38 stumpings in Test matches, holds the record of most stumpings in Test matches for India. Both MS Dhoni and Syed Kirmani have 38 stumpings. However, Kirmani has a better dismissal/inning ratio. Syed Kirmani represented India in 88 Test matches between 1976 and 1986 and contributed to 198 dismissals.
Thomas Godfrey Evans was rated as one of the best wicket-keepers that the game has ever produced. Evans had 219 dismissals, including 46 stumping to his name in 91 Test matches. He has represented England between 1946 to 1959. He has a ratio of 0.263 St./Inng.
William Albert Stanley Oldfield, who did 52 stumpings, holds the record of most stumpings in Test matches. He made his Test debut against England on December 17-20, 1920. The Legendary wicket-keeper from Australia, Oldfield, has played 54 Test matches from 1920 to 1937 and contributed to 130 dismissals in Test cricket.
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