Top 5 Wicketkeeper Batsmen in Test Cricket

Quinton De Kock and BJ Watling are the two best wicketkeeper batsmen in test match cricket

The Best Wicketkeeper Batsmen

Over the years, teams have had difficulties finding a good wicketkeeper-batsman. A famous stat about Kumar Sangakkara shows that his batting average increased to 67 in the games that he did not keep. In the games he was the wicketkeeper however, it was only 41.

This suggests how difficult it is to contribute heavily with the bat after keeping wickets for a day’s play. With the likes of BJ Watling and Quinton de Kock doing exceedingly well as wicketkeeper batsmen, let us see who are the top 5 in this list.

Who are the top 5 wicketkeeper batsmen currently in the world in test matches?

5. Shane Dowrich

Shane Dowrich batted very well against England at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton 2020
BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS – JANUARY 25: Shane Dowrich of West Indies celebrates reaching his 100 during Day Three of the First Test match between England and West Indies at Kensington Oval on January 25, 2019 in Bridgetown, Barbados. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Shane Dowrich has been a very important member in the West Indies squad of late. He has scored 801 runs in 14 matches at an average of 40 since the start of 2018.

Dowrich has been carrying a struggling Windies batting lineup along with captain Jason Holder. He has often helped his side reach a good total after a top-order collapse. He was also adjudged player of the series against Sri Lanka in 2018. Shane Dowrich is an ever-improving wicketkeeper batsman.

Dowrich scored a half-century against England at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton last week. This helped the West Indies win the test match by four wickets.

4. Mushfiqur Rahim

Mushfiqur Rahim bats against New Zealand in a test match 2017
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – JANUARY 13: Mushfiqur Rahim of Bangladesh bats while BJ Watling and Ross Taylor of New Zealand look on during day two of the First Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at Basin Reserve on January 13, 2017 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Mushfiqur Rahim has perhaps been one of the most improved cricketers in recent years. He has been Bangladesh’s top scorer by quite a margin since the start of 2017. His batting average of 49 in this period has made it impossible for us to leave him out.

He has scored centuries in India, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and West Indies proving that he can adapt to different conditions easily. Despite being a diminutive cricketer, he has shown excellent technique in test match cricket. In fact, he has used his height to great effect. Rahim has been able to evade short balls well and has also used the sweep shot to great effect versus the spinners.

3. Rishabh Pant – Most Potential Among Wicketkeeper batsmen

Rishabh Pant has been phenomenal for India in test match cricket
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 11: Rishabh Pant of India celebrates reaching his century during the 5th Specsavers Test Match between England and India at The Kia Oval on September 11, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

Rishabh Pant is one of the most dangerous wicketkeeper-batsman in the world. Despite playing only 13 test matches, he already holds a few records for Indian wicketkeepers. In his debut series, he scored a brilliant century on a day 5 Kia Oval wicket.

He then played his only series in India and registered two scores of 90+ against the Windies. Pant then scored a brilliant 159* at the Sydney Cricket Ground. In doing so, he became the only Indian wicketkeeper batsmen to score centuries in England and Australia. He averages almost 39 in test cricket despite playing away from home majorly.

Rishabh Pant has the potential to be India’s greatest wicketkeeper-batsman ever.

Also, Read – Is Rishabh Pant Underrated?

2. BJ Watling

BJ Watling is the second best wicketkeeper batsman in the world
New Zealand’s BJ Watling celebrates after reaching his double century during the fourth day of the first cricket Test between England and New Zealand at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on November 24, 2019. (Photo by DAVID GRAY / AFP) (Photo by DAVID GRAY/AFP via Getty Images)

BJ Watling is the greatest wicketkeeper-batsman New Zealand has produced. He is the only wicketkeeper-batsman to score a double hundred for New Zealand. In 2014, Watling scored 124 runs against India.

His 352 run partnership with Brendon McCullum was at the time the highest sixth-wicket stand in test cricket history. This record was surpassed by Watling himself and Kane Williamson with an unbroken 365 run partnership before a declaration against Sri Lanka at Wellington’s Basin Reserve.

He has also been involved in four of the seven highest 200+ run sixth-wicket partnerships in the team’s history. His centuries in England and Sri Lanka has helped his side to a victory against the odds and secure a series draw.

1. Quinton de Kock – The best wicketkeeper batsman

Quinton De Kock is the best wicketkeeper batsman in the world
HOBART, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 14: Quinton de Kock of South Africa bats during day three of the Second Test match between Australia and South Africa at Blundstone Arena on November 14, 2016 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Quinton de Kock is perhaps the best wicketkeeper-batsman in the world. He has often changed the game for his side by scoring a quickfire fifty.

His ability to bat with the tail is up there with the best and several times he has rescued South Africa from a losing position. He was instrumental for South Africa in their 2016 triumph down under, scoring twin fifties at Perth and a century at Hobart.

His valiant 91 in the Wellington test vs New Zealand helped his side secure the victory which looked impossible at one point of time. South Africa then went on to win the three-match series 1-0.

Quinny also showed his ability to face quality spin when he scored a century in India against the deadly duo of Ashwin and Jadeja.

 

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