In the high-octane T20 format, the wicketkeeper’s role is not just limited to doing the glovework. They also need to be efficient with the bat, scoring significant runs for their team.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has seen a plethora of wicketkeepers who have excelled behind the stumps and in front of the stumps. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the prime example, with lightning-quick stumpings and high-impact batting innings.

In this article, we’ll list the top 10 players with the most runs as wicketkeepers in the IPL.

Most Runs as Wicketkeeper in IPL

PlayerInningsRuns as WKHigh ScoreStrike Rate100/50
MS Dhoni224512584*137.470/24
Dinesh Karthik214446397*135.280/21
Rishabh Pant1003086128*150.311/17
Robin Uthappa111301187133.520/18
KL Rahul713010132*139.282/25
Sanju Samson1032911119143.541/18
Quinton de Kock912824140*135.762/21
Wriddhiman Saha1332733115*128.241/13
Parthiv Patel120258381122.880/13
Adam Gilchrist802069109*138.392/11

Key Insights

MS Dhoni became the first player to score 5000+ runs as a wicketkeeper-batter in IPL history. (Check out MS Dhoni’s year-wise IPL performance here.)

14 wicketkeepers have accumulated 1000 or more runs in the league. Apart from the above 10 keepers, Ishan Kishan, Naman Ojha (1553), Kumar Sangakkara (1389), and AB de Villiers (1202) have crossed the 1000-run mark.

Brendon McCullum scored the highest individual score by a wicketkeeper in the IPL. The Kiwi batter brought up an unbeaten 158 against RCB in the inaugural IPL match in 2008. This was also the first-ever century of the league.

Adam Gilchrist, KL Rahul, and Quinton de Kock are the only 3 players with 2 or more centuries as keepers in the IPL. Gilchrist (Deccan Chargers & Punjab) and de Kock (Delhi & Lucknow) have scored their hundreds for 2 different IPL teams.

Dinesh Karthik and Parthiv Patel are the 2 wicketkeepers with 10 or more ducks in the T20 tournament.

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Dhoni is the only 1 with more than 200 sixes among the glovemen. On the other hand, Karthik is the only keeper-batter who has struck 400+ fours.

KL Rahul is the only wicketkeeper-batter who has a 50+ batting average (minimum 65 innings). 

Heinrich Klaasen’s strike rate of around 175 is the highest among the keepers with 500+ runs in the IPL.

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