The era of a wicketkeeper just being a safe pair behind the stumps is long gone by. Thanks to the likes of Adam Gilchrist, Mark Boucher, and Kumar Sangakkara, the expectation from a wicketkeeper skyrocketed. India never had an all-around wicketkeeper until a certain MS Dhoni arrived and changed the template. The benchmark for a modern keeper is so high that even the best of the talents fail to live up to the set standards. Stay with us to know the Best wicketkeeper in the World.
StumpsandBails ranks Best WicketKeeper In The World Currently:
#5 Mohammad Rizwan
Mohammad Rizwan has come as a breath of fresh air for Pakistan. He has effectively ended Sarfaraz Ahmed’s international career. The former Pakistani captain was a butt of jokes. But Rizwan has brought a lot of dignity to the job. He has already scored a century across all 3 formats. Rizwan averages a solid 43.1 in Tests with the bat and 44.4 in T20I’s. He also has 105 international dismissals to his name.
#4 BJ Watling
BJ Watling has arguably been New Zealand’s best wicketkeeper. He has helped Kiwis pull of many amazing feats in the whites. Watling has primarily been a red ball keeper affecting 271 dismissals. The kiwi keeper has decided to call it quits after the WTC finals. It will be interesting to see if he ends his career on a high.
#3 Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant is world cricket’s latest sensation. His match-winning exploits in the whites have earned him great laurels. He was the single most important reason why India won the series against Australia 2-1. Pant who was once termed a white ball wonder is the only Indian wicketkeeper to have scored Test centuries in India and England. He seems to have finally come to terms with white-ball cricket in Indian colours. Pant may well finish as the best wicketkeeper of all time once he hangs up his boots.
#2 Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler was one of England’s key players who transformed their white-ball side. Buttler’s ODI exploits are unmatchable. He is probably England’s best white ball player of all time. His average of 38.7 and a strike rate of 118.7 over 148 ODI games is a testament to this fact. Buttler has finally got the hang of Test cricket. Even though his Test average is far from great he has shown signs of vast improvement in the long format.
#1 Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock remains the game’s numero uno wicket-keeper. The pint-sized Kock has excelled across formats. His cumulative batting index (strike rate + average) across formats is super impressive. Kock is a superman when it comes to plucking catches out of thin air. He has 452 dismissals across formats in international cricket. Kock is just 28 years old and has a decade-long career in front of him. He will be on the verge of greatness once he chooses to walk away from the game.