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Keeping the Faith: Top 10 Keepers with the Most Catches in Tests

Keeping the Faith: Top 10 Keepers with the Most Catches in Tests

On a cricket field, the wicket-keeper is almost always the busiest fielder. This discrepancy is even more pronounced in Test cricket, where many of the deliveries bowled are left alone. With the aid of their gloves, keepers take first priority when it comes to any catches in their vicinity, and are also able to take some jumping blinders that other fielders may not be able to latch on to with their bare hands.

That being said, some keepers are definitely better at holding on to golden opportunities, and this is a list of those who had the most success in this regard over the course of their illustrious careers.

List of 10 Wicket-Keepers with the most catches in Tests

Player Span Mat Inns Dis Ct St Max Dis Inns Dis/Inn
MV Boucher (ICC/SA) 1997-2012 147 281 555 532 23 6 (6ct 0st) 1.975
AC Gilchrist (AUS) 1999-2008 96 191 416 379 37 5 (5ct 0st) 2.178
IA Healy (AUS) 1988-1999 119 224 395 366 29 6 (6ct 0st) 1.763
RW Marsh (AUS) 1970-1984 96 182 355 343 12 6 (6ct 0st) 1.950
PJL Dujon (WI) 1981-1991 81 150 270 265 5 5 (5ct 0st) 1.800
BJ Haddin (AUS) 2008-2015 66 128 270 262 8 6 (6ct 0st) 2.109
BJ Watling (NZ) 2009-2021 75 127 265 257 8 6 (6ct 0st) 2.086
MS Dhoni (INDIA) 2005-2014 90 166 294 256 38 6 (6ct 0st) 1.771
APE Knott (ENG) 1967-1981 95 174 269 250 19 5 (4ct 1st) 1.545
MJ Prior (ENG) 2007-2014 79 146 256 243 13 6 (6ct 0st) 1.753

1. Mark Boucher (South Africa)

Taking the number one spot is one of South Africa’s greatest cricketers. Boucher is far ahead of the pack with a ridiculous 532 catches and 23 stumpings to his name in 281 innings — the latter being no small feat considering South Africa’s typically pace-friendly pitches and quick-heavy lineups. Boucher averaged 1.975 dismissals per innings.

2. Adam Gilchrist (Australia)

The keeper who changed the entire role, Gilchrist was as incredible with the bat as he was with the gloves. Gilly was responsible for 416 catches and 37 stumpings in his Test career, averaging 2.178 dismissals per innings.

3. Ian Healy (Australia)

The second Aussie keeper on the list, Healy was a mainstay for the Baggy Greens in the 90s. He picked up 366 catches and while stumping a further 29, averaging 1.763 dismissals every innings for 224.

4. Rod Marsh (Australia)

We go three in a row for Australians with Rod Marsh, who had 343 catches and 12 stumpings during his career. Marsh averaged 1.950 dismissals per innings, having played 182.

5. Jeffrey Dujon (West Indies)

At number five, we have an entrant from the other side of the world. Jeff Dujon took 265 catches and just 5 stumpings in the course of his 150-innings career, averaging 1.8 dismissals per innings.

6. Brad Haddin (Australia)

Although he had a relatively short career, Brad Haddin makes this list with 262 catches in just 128 innings. He also had 8 stumpings to his name and averaged 2.109 dismissals per innings.

7. BJ Watling (New Zealand)

This Kiwi keeper played one fewer innings than the aforementioned Haddin, and took 257 catches with a further 8 stumpings at 2.086 scalps per innings.

8. MS Dhoni (India)

India’s Captain Cool played 166 innings over a brilliant career, taking 256 catches with a further 38 stumpings to average 1.771 outs.

9. Alan Knott (England)

A contemporary of Rod Marsh, Knott may not have been as lucky with the gloves, but he nevertheless took 250 catches and stumped 19 players in 174 innings, averaging 1.545 wickets per match.

10. Matt Prior (England)

Another English talent just about makes it to this list with 243 catches. Prior also has 13 stumpings on record over his 146 innings as a keeper, averaging 1.753 dismissals per turn.

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