With time, if anything that has evolved a lot is the role of a wicketkeeper in Tests. Back in the day, wicketkeepers were only required to keep the wickets. But now they have to double up as a keeper as well as a batter and score significant runs.

Over the years, we have seen some wicketkeepers who have been excellent behind the wickets as well as in front of the wickets with a bat.

In this article, we’ll look at the top 10 highest scores smashed by wicketkeepers in Tests.

Highest Scores by a Wicketkeeper in Tests

PlayerScore (Balls)AgainstVenueDate
Andy Flower (ZIM)232* (444)IndiaNagpur25 Nov 2000
Kumar Sangakkara (SL)230 (327)PakistanLahore06 Mar 2002
MS Dhoni (IND)224 (265)AustraliaChennai22 Feb 2013
Mushfiqur Rahim (BAN)219* (421)ZimbabweMirpur11 Nov 2018
Taslim Arif (PAK)210* (379)AustraliaFaisalabad06 Mar 1980
Imtiaz Ahmed (PAK)209 (NA)New ZealandLahore26 Oct 1955
BJ Watling (NZ)205 (473)EnglandMount Maunganui21 Nov 2019
Adam Gilchrist (AUS)204* (213)South AfricaJohannesburg22 Feb 2002
Brendon Kuruppu (SL)201* (548)New ZealandColombo (CCC)16 Apr 1987
Mushfiqur Rahim (BAN)200 (321)Sri LankaGalle08 Mar 2013

Key Insights

232: Andy Flower holds the record for smashing the highest score as a wicketkeeper in Tests. The Zimbabwean keeper-batter accumulated an unbeaten 232 runs against India in Nagpur. And this knock came as a saviour for Zimbabwe, as they managed to draw the match after India enforced the follow-on.

199*: Flower became the first batter as well as a wicketkeeper to remain not out on 199 in Tests. During the first Test against South Africa in 2001, Flower scored 142 in the first innings and was left stranded on 199* in the second innings. But his heroics couldn’t help Zimbabwe win the Test match.

1: Pakistan’s Imtiaz Ahmed became the first wicketkeeper to cross the 200-run mark in Tests. He came to bat at No. 8 when Pakistan was reeling at 111/6 and went on to score 209 runs. Ahmed’s knock helped Pakistan take a lead over New Zealand and also win the game.

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2: Bangladesh’s Mushfiquer Rahim became the first wicketkeeper-batter to hammer to 2 double centuries in Tests. His first double ton came in 2013 against Sri Lanka, while the second came in 2018 against Zimbabwe.

212: Adam Gilchrist, who revolutionised the keeper-batters role, slammed the fastest double hundred in Tests as a wicketkeeper. He brought up his double century in 212 balls, making it the fastest overall at that time before Nathan Astle’s rampage.

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