IPL , the greatest T20 tournament in the world , has always been either batsmen centric or bowler centric. The fans tend to overlook the role of wicket keepers in match winning situations . It’s the wicket keepers who gets the best view of the stadium from through a batsman’s vision. Wicket keepers are in fact the first umpires , who can make out whether a batsman is dismissed or not.
Fine wicket keeping is an art , one good wicket and the tide turns towards your favor. That’s how lethal keepers can be in the game of cricket !
let us look at some of the greatest wicket keepers in the history of IPL
Parthiv is the only keeper to have played for 6 different franchises in the history of IPL . With his keeping abilities, he has proved himself, time and again that he is not someone to be overlooked . His quick glove movements and aggressive top order batting have made him one of the greats of the IPL.
Despite his match winning performances in previous edition of IPL, he wasn’t retained by Mumbai Indians. This time , he will be playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Parthiv has a pretty decent record behind the stumps in IPL . Out of the 102 innings as a keeper , he has 71 scalps under his name , with 14 stumpings and 57 caught-behinds.
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Ojha is undoubtedly one of the most underrated Indian keepers of IPL. He never gets the adulation that he deserves , for his work behind the stumps. He has been phenomenal with his gloves , as it is obvious by his performances.
Till date, Naman Ojha has played 112 matches and been the keeper in 111 of those. He has taken 75 dismissals in those 111 innings which include 10 stumpings and 65 caught-behinds. He wasn’t retained by the Sunrisers this season, and would be playing for Delhi Daredevils under Gautham Gambhir’s captaincy.
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Robin has been recently appointed as the vice captain of Kolkata Knight Riders for IPL 2018 . He was a contender for the captain’s role. He has been more influential with the bat, than with the gloves.
Uthappa has been a part of 4 franchises till date , his peak performances being those at KKR. He couldn’t make his mark in the international arena with his bat or with his glove. But , he certainly found success at the IPL for his match winning performances , both , behind the stumps as well as with the bat.
He has played 149 matches out of which 114 times , he has been behind the stumps. In those 114 innings, he has taken 90 dismissals which include 32 stumpings and 58 caught-behinds. It would be interesting to see who gets to be the chief wicket keeper for KKR – Dinesh Karthik or Robin Uthappa.
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Without an iota of doubt, Dhoni is the most successful wicket keeper in the history of Indian cricket and one of the best in the world. Dhoni’s wicket keeping abilities have won many matches for India and certainly for CSK and RPS.
His prowess behind the stumps is something that is unparalleled . Still , he is not the most successful keeper in IPL. But, he is not far behind the number, and in this edition ,might reach the apex.
He has donned the keeper’s role in 152 of the 159 matches of IPL that he has played so far. He has 102 dismissals with 30 stumpings and 72 caught-behinds. He is 4 wickets short of beating the maximum record in terms of keeping.
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Well, who would have thought that Dinesh Karthik would emerge victories in the battle of greatest Indian keepers in IPL history. He seems to be on a roll since his last ball 6 in the Nidahas Trophy. Now that he is the captain of KKR , he may or may not be the one behind the stumps this time.
Karthik , with his fast paced and accurate stumping , has always been the most sought keeper by the IPL franchises. It was due to his excellent timing and behind the stump movements that he was paid 12.5 crores by Delhi Daredevils in 2014.
He has been the wicket keeper in 126 innings of the 152 matches he has played till date. With 106 wickets as a keeper, he is the most successful keeper of all time in IPL history. Out of those 106 scalps , he has 26 stumpings and 80 caught-behinds , a record in itself.
Looks like 2018 is really turning out to be fruitful for Dinesh Karthik . His years of effort are now finally paying off.