Top 10: Most Runs by a Wicketkeeper in Tests

A wicketkeeper needs to always be on their toes in Tests, as they might get a stumping chance or have to grab a catch by diving in the air.

But apart from this, a wicketkeeper-batter also needs to display their batting prowess when the situation arises. Over the years, we have witnessed some dashing keeper-batters dazzle the field with their batting excellence.

In this article, we’ll look at the top 10 wicketkeepers with the most runs in Test cricket.

Most Runs by a Wicketkeeper in Tests

PlayerInningsRuns as WKHigh ScoreAvg
Adam Gilchrist (AUS)1375570204*47.60
Mark Boucher (SA)206551512530.30
MS Dhoni (IND)144487622438.09
Alec Stewart (ENG)145454017334.92
Andy Flower (ZIM)1004404232*53.70
Alan Knott (ENG)149438913532.75
Ian Healy (AUS)1824356161*27.39
Matt Prior (ENG)1234099131*40.18
Rod Marsh (AUS)150363313226.51
Mushfiqur Rahim (BAN)1043515219*37.00

Key Insights

5570: Australia’s Adam Gilchrist holds the record for scoring the most runs as a wicketkeeper in the Test format. The legendary keeper-batter boasts an incredible tally of 5570 runs at an impressive average of 47.60. And he occupies the third spot for scoring the most runs as a keeper in all formats.

2: Gilchrist and Mark Boucher are the only 2 keeper-batters with 5000+ Test runs. Boucher had a 15-year career — 6 years longer than Gilchrist — but he fell short of capturing the top spot by a few runs.

17: During his illustrious Test career, Gilchrist also smashed 17 centuries, which is the most hundreds by a keeper in the longer format. The only other batter who has more than 10 hundreds as a keeper-batter is Zimbabwe’s Andy Flower with 12 tons.

53.70: Speaking of Andy Flower, the Zimbabwean great has the highest batting average among keeper-batters with 3000+ Test runs. Flower averaged a good 53.70 with the bat while scoring 4404 runs in 100 innings.

232: Moreover, Flower smashed the highest individual score by a wicketkeeper-batter in Tests in November 2000. He scored an unbeaten 232, helping his side draw the match against India after being asked to follow on.

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