5 best wicket-keepers in IPL history
We rank the best wicket-keepers in Indian Premier League history in order of the number of dismissals they have been involved in.
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1. MS Dhoni – 148 dismissals
It is no surprise that arguably the most legendary figure in the history of the IPL leads the way in terms of dismissals behind the stumps.
Dhoni has captained Chennai Super Kings in each of their IPL campaigns, but also added to this tally while keeping wicket for Rising Pune Supergiant(s) in 2016 and 2017.
Interestingly, he does not lead the way in terms of catches, taking 109 to Dinesh Karthik’s 110, but has managed comfortably more stumpings (39) than any other gloveman.
Dhoni’s quick hands have always been his trademark and are the reason why he tops this list.
2. Dinesh Karthik – 140 dismissals
In second place, and top of the tree when it comes to catches, is Karthik.
The 35-year-old, in contrast to Dhoni, has played for six different franchises across his 13-year IPL career, most recently donning the gloves for Kolkata Knight Riders, who he will represent in 2021.
He has taken 110 catches, one more than Dhoni, despite having played eight fewer matches since the competition was founded.
His battle with the Dhoni at the top of the charts will be an interesting subplot to this year’s competition.
3. Robin Uthappa – 90 dismissals
Next up, but not particularly close to the top two, is Uthappa.
The 35-year-old has represented five franchises in his IPL career, and is about to add a sixth to his CV as he plays for Chennai Super Kings in 2021.
Though he won’t take the gloves off Dhoni at CSK, he can still reflect on a wicket-keeping career that has seen him take 58 catches and 32 stumpings.
He has kept wicket in just 114 of his 189 IPL appearances, so that is not a bad record for a player who is more of a part-timer than most.
4. Parthiv Patel – 82 dismissals
Patel is yet another Indian wicket-keeper who sits in the top five in terms of IPL dismissals.
The 36-year-old is the first name on this list who won’t be involved in the 2021 competition, though, after he announced his retirement at the end of 2020.
Patel has taken 66 catches and 16 stumpings throughout his IPL career, featuring in three campaigns for each of Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians.
But his fourth-placed position will very likely come under threat in 2021.
5. Wriddhiman Saha – 77 dismissals
Saha will be vying for the gloves with Jonny Bairstow at Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2021, but may only need one or two appearances to leap a position in this table.
The 36-year-old, who has lost his place to Rishabh Pant in India’s Test match side, has featured in every IPL campaign, spending four years at Kings XI Punjab before moving to the Sunrisers.
Saha became the first batsman to score a century in an IPL final, scoring 115* for KXIP in 2014.
But that he has taken more stumpings (20) than Patel, as well as 57 catches, is a reminder that he is also a skilled keeper.
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