Top 10 Best Wicket Keepers in Cricket History

Cricket has produced some of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen, and among them, wicket keepers have played a critical role in the game. Wicket keeping is an art, and only the best of the best can truly master it. A great wicket keeper must be agile, have quick reflexes, excellent hand-eye coordination, and an incredible sense of timing. They are responsible for the most crucial position on the field, and can single-handedly turn the game around.

Wicket keeping has come a long way since its inception in the 18th century. In the early days of cricket, the wicket keeper was merely a fielder who stood behind the wickets to stop the ball. However, as the game evolved, so did the role of the wicket keeper. Today, wicket keeping is a highly specialized position that requires years of practice and dedication to master.

The role of the wicket keeper is to catch the ball delivered by the bowler and to also stump the batsman, if he comes out of the crease. A good wicket keeper must have the ability to read the bowler's mind and anticipate the type of delivery that will be delivered. They also need to be able to judge the bounce and trajectory of the ball, and position themselves accordingly. A wicket keeper's job is never done, as they need to be alert and ready for any opportunity that may come their way.

Over the years, there have been many great wicket keepers who have left their mark on the game of cricket. From the likes of Adam Gilchrist and Mark Boucher to more recent stars like MS Dhoni and Quinton de Kock, these players have thrilled fans with their incredible skills and athleticism.
The Top Ten
1 Mahendra Singh Dhoni Mahendra Singh Dhoni, commonly known as MS Dhoni, is an Indian international cricketer who captained the Indian national cricket team.

Best keeper! 0.08 seconds reaction time! I feel like we have two gods in cricket. One is the greatest god of all, 'Sachin Tendulkar', and the second one is 'MS Dhoni'. These guys are really cool and calm. They don't worry about anything other than cricket. Their only concern is their country. Dhoni's mind is really awesome. Whatever he thinks about on the field is correct. Even his review decisions are very good. He is also known as DRS, which stands for 'Dhoni Review System'.
Abhimanyu Vaykar

You are my lord. Dhoni, I love you. You are masterminded and make superb game plans. I just want to meet you once, lord. You are alert, intelligent, the master, and the best captain and wicket keeper.

2 Adam Gilchrist Adam Gilchrist is a retired international Australian batsman and wicketkeeper. He scored centuries 33 times in his career.

What the hell! Dhoni is not better than Gilchrist. This guy stood up to the stumps for Mitchell Johnson and Nathan Bracken. Besides that, he's taken catches and executed stumpings that everyone gazes at with awe. Dhoni is definitely popular, but Adam Gilchrist is the greatest wicket keeper ever to stand behind international stumps.

I cannot believe that Dhoni is ranked as 1 and Adam as 2. Adam is better than Dhoni and should be ranked as the number 1.

Easily the best. Excellent batsman as well.

3 Kumar Sangakkara Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara is a cricket commentator, former cricketer and captain of the Sri Lankan national team.

Kumar Sangakkara was also one of the best wicket keepers and batsmen in cricket history.

4 Jeffrey Dujon
5 Mark Boucher
6 Rod Marsh
7 Alec Stewart
8 Andy Flower
9 Alan Knott

As a keeper, Alan Knott was excellent. He played in the 1970s and once held the world record for the number of dismissals. He performed exceptionally well with both spinners, like Derek Underwood, and pacers, such as Bob Willis. He was selected over Adam Gilchrist for his wicket-keeping skills in Wisden's greatest test XI.

He has over 300 wicket-keeping dismissals in test cricket. Although he has a good batting average, when it comes to pure wicket-keeping, he outperforms Dhoni, Rahim, Flower, Stewart, and Sangakkara. While Gilchrist might be a better wicket keeper-batsman, Alan Knott trumps him in wicket-keeping. Ian Healy is another excellent wicket keeper who is underrated in this list. Godfrey Evans, a fine wicket keeper, ranks below players who cannot even keep for their national team, like KL Rahul and Dinesh Karthik.

10 Mushfiqur Rahim

Not only is he a good wicket keeper, but also one of the best batsmen in Bangladesh.

Go Mushfiqur Rahim! He is a very good batsman and he could take out lots of batsmen.

The Contenders
11 Brad Haddin
12 Quinton De Kock

Awesome wicket-keeper batsman!

13 Brendon McCullum
14 AB de Villiers Abraham Benjamin de Villiers, commonly known as AB de Villiers, Mr. 360° or simply AB, is a South African cricketer.
15 Ian Healy
16 Jos Buttler Joseph Charles "Jos" Buttler is an English professional cricketer who plays for England cricket team and a former limited over captain for England.

Brilliant behind the sticks, athletic.

17 Dinesh Karthik
18 Wriddhiman Saha
19 Umar Akmal
20 Mohammad Shahzad
21 Tim Paine
22 K. L. Rahul
23 Rishabh Pant
24 Moin Khan
25 Hardik Pandya
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