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ODI Wicketkeeper Records – A Statistical Breakdown

When MS Dhoni went passed Kumar Sangakkara’s wicketkeeping record of the most stumpings, wicketkeeping records in ODI has seen some major changes.

The most successful wicketkeepers in cricket history so far are namely Mark Boucher, Adam Gilchrist, Kumar Sangakkara and MS Dhoni. Most of the wicketkeeping records lies between these four players.

So, Who do you think is the best ever wicketkeeper in ODI cricket? It’s actually a tough question to answer.

But you can take a look at all the wicketkeeping records in the ODI format below in this post, and make a guess in the comment section!

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The 4 Big Names in WicketKeeping!

Cricket has seen a lot of successful wicketkeepers in different teams who have added values to their teams in many ways. But these 4 stands apart, both with their statistics and sound techniques.

Adam Gilchrist with his attacking batting was a huge asset for the Australian triple World Cup winning team…

Mark Boucher added an invaluable strength to the national side with his valuable batting skills…

Kumar Sankaggara proved a wicketkeeper can be a world-class batsman too…

Mahendra Singh Dhoni proved he can successfully captain a team from behind the stumps too…

There are other young wicketkeepers performing well in the modern-day cricket, who might end up few of the records hold by these four top keepers. To mention few: Quinton de Kock for South Africa, Jos Butler and Johnny Bairstow for England and Shai Hope for West Indies.

So here’s the article on ‘Wicket Keeping ODI Records’ in detail on all aspects. Let’s see them one by one.

 Most Catches by a Wicketkeeper in ODI

Adam Gilchrist of Australia holds the record for the ‘Most Catches by a WicketKeeper’ in ODI. He has played 287 matches and got hold of 417 catches which is the most by any wicketkeeper.

He was followed by another successful wicketkeeper in the game’s history from the African continent – Mark Boucher with 402 Catches.

Most Catches by Wicket Keeper in ODI

MS DHONI (IND)345321

Followed by the country-wise leaders Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) and MS Dhoni (India).

Most Stumpings by a WicketKeeper in ODI

Most Stumpings by Wicket Keeper in ODI

MS DHONI (IND)345123

When it comes to Stumpings, one can clearly see the dominance of the Subcontinent wicketkeepers over the others.

This is due to two reasons mostly:

  • The Subcontinent Keepers has the advantage of keeping the wickets more for the spinners.
  • And they play mostly in spin-friendly conditions in Subcontinent.

The legendary keeper, Mark Boucher has got involved himself in only 22 stumpings out of his 424 Dismissals in ODI. This is mainly because, he has been keeping mostly for the fast bowlers with no spinners like Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan or Ravichandran Ashwin in his team.

ms dhoni fastest stumping

MS Dhoni who is leading this chart has been known for his quick and cheeky stumpings. His stumping techniques are way ahead than his other counterparts. He has turned many matches with his particularly-pacy stumping skills. It seems evidently obvious that he will fix a benchmark for the future keepers with his stumpings record.

Most Dismissals by a Wicketkeeper in ODI

Most Dismissals by Wicket Keeper in ODI

MS DHONI (IND)345444

Kumar Sangakkara holds the top position for ‘Most Dismissals in ODI by a Wicketkeeper.’

Even though Sangakkara has the advantage of playing more matches in his career, he has not been a wicketkeeper in 50 out of 404 matches he played.

With just around 60 dismissals left, MSD might beat Kumar Sangakkara’s record in the shorter format if he ever comes back from his away time from the game.

Brendon McCullum is the only player on this list to have fewer dismissals than the matched he played. But still, he has kept wicket for only 183 matches in his career.

Adam Gilchrist has the highest Dismissals/Innings rate by a wicketkeeper of around 1.6 on this list.

Most Dismissals by a Wicketkeeper in ODI World Cup

Here are the Stats on the top 10 wicketkeepers with most dismissals in World Cup tournaments:

Most Dismissals By Wicket Keeper in World Cricket
MS Dhoni and K Sangakkara before 2011 World Cup Finals.
K Sangakkara (SL)364113544
A Gilchrist (AUS)31457526
MS Dhoni (IND)29348424
B McCullum (NZ)25302324
M Boucher (SA)25310314
Moin Khan (PAK)20237303
B Haddin (AUS)15290294
M Rahim (BAN)29217284
D Ramdin (WI)16260264
A Stewart (ENG)25212233
Wicketkeeping records in ODI World Cups

Most Dismissals in an Innings by a Wicketkeeper

This must be an interesting fact among all wicketkeeping records.

The most dismissals in an innings by a wicketkeeper is 6 and is achieved 15 times in Cricket.

Interestingly, Adam Gilchrist has achieved this record of 6 Dismissals in an ODI match 6 times in his career.

Most Dismissals in an innings by a wicket keeper
Most Dismissals in an Innings By a Wicketkeeper(ODI)

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MS Dhoni is the only Indian wicketkeeper to involve in 6 wickets in an ODI match. He did this record against England at Leeds in 2007.

You should read this article for knowing every interesting cricket record currently hold by MS Dhoni across formats.

Gilchrist comment on Dhoni
Adam Gilchrist with MSD

“The best compliment for me is when someone says they’ll pay to watch me play, And I can say that I’ll pay to watch MS Dhoni bat.”,

Adam Gilchrist said during IPL 2012. 

Most Runs by a Wicketkeeper in ODI

K Sangakkara (SL)34013341912343.74169
MS Dhoni (IND)29710773731050.57183*
A Gilchrist (AUS)2749410531635.64172
M Rahim (BAN)205615639636.00144
A Flower (ZIM)183584546434.58145
Q de Kock (SA)1285655281745.35178
M Boucher (SA)220468026128.71147*
B McCullum (NZ)157405720330.73131
J Butler (ENG)1234034201040.74162*
A Stewart (ENG)132401726433.47116
Most ODI Runs by Wicketkeepers

Sangakkara is the first wicketkeeper to reach 10000 runs in ODI.

MS Dhoni holds the record for Highest Score in an ODI Innings by a Wicketkeeper – 183* against Sri Lanka.

Credits to Dhoni with this runs tally being batted mostly at No.6th Position in his career. Check MS Dhoni’s Batting statistics by all Batting Positiion by clicking here.

Also, MS Dhoni holds the record for ‘Most Sixes by a Wicketkeeper’ – 213. You will find the Complete Sixes record in Cricket here.

Mushfiqur Rahman of Bangladesh, Jos Butler of England, and Quinton de Kock of South Africa are the latest entrant to this list

Other Records

  • Most Dismissals by a Wicketkeeper in a Calendar Year: Adam Gilchrist (1999) – 65 Dismissals
  • Most Stumpings in a Calendar Year: R Kaluwitharana (1999) – 18 Stumpings
  • Most Dismissals in a 5 Match Series: Mark Boucher – 16 vs Pakistan(2006)
  • Most Dismissals in a 3 Match Series: Quinton De Kock – 10 vs Pakistan(2012)
  • Most Successful Wicketkeeper/Bowler Combination in ODI: M Boucher/M Ntini- 75 Dismissals

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