The Indian Premier League is the most popular outlet for the game of Cricket. The league has witnessed some fascinating batting and bowling moments along with phenomenal catches too. Wicket-Keeping is something that if often neglected. It is among one of the disciplines in Cricket that is equally important. It takes a lot out of the players.
Every side wants someone who has safe hands because missed stumpings can result in many runs or even a defeat in the shortest format of the game. In the 12 years, IPL has seen some of the finest wicket-keepers. They have managed to leave an impression with their exceptional glovework behind the stumps.
Let’s take a look at the top 5 Wicket-keepers with the most dismissals in IPL
MAHENDRA SINGH DHONI (38 STUMPINGS)
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a name with an undeniable legacy in the history of the game. Not only is he the finest captain but also a brilliant wicket-keeper to the Chennai Super Kings. He has always been among the top international wicket-keepers. Dhoni has been a crucial part of the CSK franchise since its inception. The skipper holds the record for the maximum number of stumpings in the league. In 189 matches, Dhoni has wreaked 38 stumpings and has made an average of 0.83 dismissals per game.
ROBIN UTHAPPA (32 STUMPINGS)
Robin Uthappa has been a consistent name ever since the commencement of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He has been a part of many franchises but has not played many matches as a wicket-keeper until he landed in KKR. He was very crucial behind the stumps when he was a part of team KKR. Uthappa took loads of catches during that period and was also involved in a lot of run-outs. Uthappa was the man behind 32 stumpings. He played quite a few matches as a wicket-keeper but less than Dhoni. Despite that, he is only 6 fewer stumpings than the veteran keeper. Robin has dismissals of 0.71 per match.
DINESH KARTHIK (30 STUMPINGS)
Dinesh Karthik is also one famous name in the Indian Premier League. He has been a part of the top franchises of the league. The wicket-keeper and batsman is one tidy player behind the stumps. He is at the third spot in the list of most stumpings by a wicket-keeper in the IPL. Karthik has made 30 stumpings in the tournament so far and has 0.84 dismissals per game. Surprisingly, this is a better stat than Dhoni. The most number of IPL catches taken behind the stumps by a wicket-keeper belongs to him.
WRIDDHIMAN SAHA (19 STUMPINGS)
Wriddhiman Saha is an athletic wicket-keeper and has showcased his skills with many IPL franchises previously. Saha has been part of the league since its inception in 2008 but not a permanent member of a team’s first playing XI. In the top 5 list, he is the player to have played the least number of games. Regardless of the fact, he still made it to the top 5 records with 19 stumpings in 120 matches. Saha has dismissals per match figure of 0.70.
PARTHIV PATEL (16 STUMPINGS)
Parthiv Patel, the 35-year-old, has played for the four-time IPL champions, Mumbai Indians, in the past. He is currently playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore, who are yet to win the title. Parthiv shares the fifth position of most number of stumpings by a wicket-keeper with the retired legend Adam Gilchrist. He has played 139 matches so far and has made 16 stumpings. He has the lowest dismissals per match figure of 0.69 in our top 5 list.