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Wicket-Keepers with most stumpings in Tests: Nine decade old record remains unbeaten

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Test cricket has seen some exceptional wicketkeepers. Adam Gilchrist, Syed Kirmani and MS Dhoni are just some recent iconic ‘keepers who have made memorable contributions to the game. 

If one were to rank the performance of the men who have donned the gloves, it is not just about the catches behind the wicket, but also the stumpings they’ve affected that come into play.  

Interestingly, the record for the ‘keeper with the most stumpings is almost a century old, with Australia’s Albert Oldfield having inflicted 52 stumpings in just 54 Tests. He played his last Test match in 1937, and this record is yet to be touched. 

Closest to him at 46 stumpings is England’s Thomas Godfrey Evans. He played 91 Test matches and his last international appearance was against India in 1959. 

This brings us to two of India’s iconic wicketkeepers of very different eras - Syed Kirmani and MS Dhoni. Both these players have 38 stumpings each. 

However, Kirmani edged out Dhoni on the account of the number of matches taken to achieve this. The former took 88 Tests while the latter took 90 Tests to climb to the third spot on this list. 

Sitting at the fifth position is another Australian great, Adam Gilchrist, with 37 stumpings to his name. He, however, has one of the best dismissals per innings rate at 2.178, much higher compared to those sitting above him in this list, with all of them ranging between 1.2 and 1.7. 

Of the currently active players, there are barely any who threaten to uproot these legendary wicket-keepers. Niroshan Dickwella of Sri Lanka is the closest to a top 10 spot with 23 stumpings in 45 Tests, and sits in the 12th position currently. 

Most stumpings in Tests

Player 

Country

No. of stumpings

Tests played

Albert Oldfield

Australia

52

54

Thomas Godfrey Evans

England

46

91

Syed Kirmani

India

38

88

MS Dhoni

India

38

90

Adam Gilchrist

Australia

37

96

Prasanna Jayawardene

Sri Lanka

32

58

Ian Healy

Australia

29

119

Wasim Bari

Pakistan

27

81

Romesh Kaluwitharana

Sri Lanka

26

49

John McCarthy Blackham

Australia

24

35

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