Most Dismissals by a WicketKeeper in a Test Innings

Only five times in Test cricket history, 7 dismissals were made in a single innings of a Test match by a wicketkeeper.

The recent entry to the list of Joshua Da Silva in the Centurion Test against South Africa, thanks to the Windies’ fast bowler, Kemar Roach, who picked a fifer in that innings. He dismissed 4 of his batters via caught-behind.

Now, let’s look at the list of wicketkeepers who have been part of 7 dismissals in a single innings of a Test match.

Wicketkeepers with 7 Dismissals in a Single Innings of a Test Match

Wasim Bari (PAK)7701New ZealandAuckland1979
Bob Taylor (ENG)7701IndiaWankhede1980
Ian Smith (NZ)7702Sri LankaHamilton1991
Ridley Jacobs (WI)7701AustraliaMelbourne2000
Joshua Da Silva (WI)7703South AfricaCenturion2023

There were 33 instances where a wicketkeeper made 6 dismissals in an innings. Mark Boucher, a legendary South African wicketkeeper, has had 6 dismissals in a Test innings 4 times in his career. He is also someone who takes a big scoop of the ODI wicketkeeping records.

One common aspect among the top 5 entrants is, in all these innings, fast bowlers were the leading contributors to the majority of caught-behind dismissals.

Finally, except for Ian Smith’s seven catches against Sri Lanka in Hamilton, all other instances were against the home team by visiting wicketkeepers.

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