Top 5 Best Wicket-keepers in the History of the IPL

A wicket-keeping blunder can greatly impact a team’s chances in a T20 tournament like the IPL. On the other hand, a fantastic performance by the wicket-keeper might help the team dominate the opponent. These are the most vital factors which are often ignored in a critical stage of the game. We provide the best wicket-keepers of IPL so far in the list below:

1. MS Dhoni 

Country: India

Current Team: Chennai Super Kings

It’s no surprise that arguably the most illustrious figure in IPL leads the way in terms of stump-to-stump dismissals.

Dhoni has captained Chennai Super Kings in each of their IPL seasons, but he also added to his tally as a wicket-keeper for Rising Pune Supergiant(s) in 2016 and 2017.

The veteran kept his place in the Indian team for more than a decade as a terrific game thinker with a cool demeanor. Many wicketkeeper-batters from his era rued their luck, knowing that they would never be able to replace Dhoni in the national team.

Dhoni has always been known for his quick hands, which is why he is at the top of this list.

2. Dinesh Karthik

Country: India

Current Team: Kolkata Knight Riders

Karthik is in second place and tops the tree when it comes to catches. In contrast to Dhoni, Karthik has played for six different clubs in his 13-year IPL career. However, the 35-year-old appears to have finally found a home with KKR as their first-choice wicket-keeper. DK has amassed around 4,000 runs in the IPL and has been a steady player.

3. Robin Uthappa 

Country: India

Current Team: Chennai Super Kings

Uthappa is next, but he’s not even close to the top two.

In his IPL career, the 35-year-old has played for five different franchises and added a sixth to his resume when he joined Chennai Super Kings in 2021. But as Dhoni is the keeper of CSK, Uthappa plays as a batsman.

Uthappa was a prolific run-scorer in the IPL during his time with the Kolkata Knight Riders. From then, things appear to have gone sour for Kerala’s beautiful shotmaker. Although he has taken 114 wickets in his 189 IPL outings, he has a respectable record for a player who is more of a part-timer than most.

4. Parthiv Patel 

Country: India

Last Team: Royal Challengers Bangalore

Patel is another Indian wicket-keeper who ranks among the top five in the IPL in terms of dismissals. After announcing his retirement in 2020, the 36-year-old is the first person on our list who did not compete in 2021. Parthiv opened the batting and provided support behind the stumps for six IPL teams.

Patel has 66 catches and 16 stumpings in three IPL seasons with the Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Mumbai Indians.

5. Wriddhiman Saha 

Country: India

Current Team: Sunrisers Hyderabad

Many consider Saha to be the best wicket-keeper in the world, and his athleticism makes him a joy to watch behind the stumps. With his 115* for KXIP in the 2014 IPL final, Saha is the first batter to achieve a century in an IPL final. He has played 120 matches in the IPL and has managed 74 dismissals from behind the stumps.

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