The Indian Premier League has been blessed to witness some brilliant wicket keeper batsmen. From Adam Gilchrist to MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik to Naman Ojha, stumpers have had a major impact on lots of games. Be it their lightning fast glove work, or their power hitting, wicketkeepers have simply been everywhere. Here we take a look at IPL’s Top 11 wicket keepers of all time featuring some stalwarts of our game:
1) MS Dhoni:
An absolute no brainer. The former Indian captain is a legend of the game and has been brilliant in the cash-rich league as well. Dhoni was the captain of CSK for 8 seasons and led them to the playoffs in each of them. He won 2 titles with the Chennai outfit. Dhoni has been brilliant in the final overs for both Chennai and Pune and has led them to numerous wins with his brilliant finishing abilities. His lightning quick glove work has also stood out and has enthralled his fans for so many years.
2) Adam Gilchrist:
Arguably the best keeper to have ever played the game. Gilly enjoyed great success in the IPL and led the Deccan Chargers to the IPL title. Gilchrist used to be a fierce striker of the ball and scored a few hundreds as well. It was a pity he couldn’t carry on for too long because of his age but whenever he was around, fireworks were guaranteed.
3) Parthiv Patel:
The diminutive keeper batsman has played for a no. of franchises and has done well for almost all of them. Parthiv is a reliable keeper and an explosive batsman at the top of the order. He is tasked with the responsibility of giving the team a good start and has not disappointed. He is enjoying a great season with the Mumbai Indians this year and has cemented his position in the side.
4) Dinesh Karthik:
Just like Parthiv, Karthik too has played for a no. of franchises and has been successful with almost all of them. The Tamil Nadu keeper is one of the best keepers to have played for India but has always been in the shadow of MS Dhoni. Karthik is really good behind the stumps and is a class act with the bat. He has played a no. of match winning knocks for his team and is hoping to make a comeback to the Indian side with his performances.
5) Robin Uthappa:
Although not a regular keeper, Uthappa is pretty good behind the stumps and does not commit a lot of costly errors. With the bat in hand, he has been absolutely magnificent for the Kolkata Knight Riders and has been their best batsman over the years. Uthappa, along with Gautam Gambhir, has given great starts to his team and that has been the reason behind their success over the years. KKR would hope he continues his good form this season and leads KKR to their third title. He was unfortunate to not be picked up for India’s Champions Trophy squad.
6) Ab de Villiers:
De Villiers has not been keeping for quite some time owing to a back problem but has kept in the past for RCB and has done considerably well. With the bat in hand, there are few players as destructive as the Proteas captain and he has played numerous match winning knocks for his side. AB has not been in the best of forms this season, but is a class act and would expect to deliver in the remaining games and salvage pride for his side.
7) Kumar Sangakkara:
The Sri Lankan legend is one of the best keeper batsmen to have ever played the game. He has not played the IPL for quite some time now but was a really good player in his time in India. He played some blinders for the Kings XI Punjab and the Deccan Chargers and also led the teams well when he was the captain. He deserves to be included in the all-time XI.
8) Naman Ojha:
The Madhya Pradesh keeper bats at no. 6 or 7 for SRH and as a result does not get to bat much. But he used to open the innings for Rajasthan Royals and was a huge success for them. Ojha has been one of the best keepers in the IPL over the years and has been a mainstay in the teams he has played for. His destructive batting and reliable keeping make him the ideal wicket keeper batsman.
9) Wriddhiman Saha:
India’s Test keeper, Saha is regarded as the best keeper in the country and although he is not as good as MS Dhoni with the bat, he is quietly effective. Saha is an extremely reliable wicket-keeper and a good batsman down the order and has been extremely good since joining the Kings Xi Punjab. His best innings was in the 2014 IPL final where he struck a brilliant century but still ended up on the losing side. The Bengal stumper deserves to be included in this list.
10) Sanju Samson:
The Kerala keeper came into limelight with his brilliant performances for the Rajasthan Royals. Samson has been brilliant this season for the Delhi Daredevils and is sure to be included in the Indian side some day. A nonchalant striker of the ball, he is one of the most talented batsmen around and is a really good keeper as well. The 24-year-old has a bright future and needs to justify his immense potential.
11) Brendon Mccullum:
The IPL owes a lot to Brendon Mccullum. It was he who kick started the IPL with a brutal 158* against RCB and gave the IPL the perfect start. A wicket keeper by trade, the Kiwi hasn’t kept for some time now because of injury issues but has been a mainstay in the batting department for whichever team he has played for. An absolute no brainer again.