Most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in IPL history

The list of IPL’s best wicketkeepers is spearheaded by MS Dhoni, and largely dominated by Indian keepers.

Umaima Saeed
Umaima Saeed

Last Updated: 2024-05-29

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MS Dhoni of Chennai Super Kings are seen during the IPL match between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has seen some exceptional wicketkeepers over the years, each bringing their unique skills and attributes to the game. From Dhoni's calm and composed presence to Rishabh Pant's aggressive approach, these wicketkeepers have not only excelled behind the stumps but have also made significant contributions with the bat. 

MS Dhoni is the most successful wicketkeeper in IPL history with 190 dismissals. The top 10 list is predominantly comprised of Indian wicketkeepers, with eight out of the 10 being from India.

Most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in the IPL – top 10 list 

PlayerSpanMatInnsDisCtStMax Dis InnsDis/Inn
Mahendra Singh Dhoni2008-2024264257190148424 (4ct 0st)0.739
Dinesh Karthik2008-2024257235174137374 (4ct 0st)0.74
Wriddhiman Saha2008-202417014911387264 (4ct 0st)0.758
Rishabh Pant2016-20241111019572234 (2ct 2st)0.94
Robin Uthappa2008-20222051149058324 (2ct 2st)0.789
Quinton de Kock2013-2024107918165164 (4ct 0st)0.89
Parthiv Patel2008-20191391228165164 (4ct 0st)0.663
Sanju Samson2013-20241681087559164 (2ct 2st)0.694
Naman Ojha2009-20181131117565104 (4ct 0st)0.675
Adam Gilchrist2008-201380806751164 (4ct 0st)0.837

MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni has been an iconic figure in the IPL since its inception. Representing Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) over the years, Dhoni has established himself as the best wicketkeeper in the IPL. His remarkable record of 190 dismissals in 264 matches, including 148 catches and 42 stumpings, stands testament to his agility and sharp reflexes behind the stumps. His highest number of dismissals in an innings is 4, achieved solely through catches. 

Dhoni has played a pivotal role in CSK's success, leading the team to five IPL titles. Beyond his wicketkeeping, Dhoni's batting has also been instrumental in CSK's dominance. Known for his finishing abilities, he has often rescued his team from precarious situations, making him one of the most revered figures in IPL history.

Dinesh Karthik

Dinesh Karthik, who announced retirement from the IPL after the end of the 2024 season, represented various franchises including Delhi Capitals (DC), Gujarat Lions (GL), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Mumbai Indians (MI), and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). With 174 dismissals in 257 matches, consisting of 137 catches and 37 stumpings, Karthik is a close second to Dhoni in terms of wicketkeeping records.

His highest dismissals in an innings stand at 4, achieved through catches. In addition to his wicketkeeping, Karthik was a reliable middle-order batsman, known for his ability to finish matches. Karthik concluded his IPL career with 4,842 runs at a strike rate of 129.72. 

Wriddhiman Saha

Wriddhiman Saha, another prominent wicketkeeper-batsman, has represented franchises such as CSK, Gujarat Titans (GT), KKR, KXIP, and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Saha's record of 113 dismissals, with 87 catches and 26 stumpings, highlights his proficiency behind the stumps and makes him one of the best keepers in the IPL. 

Saha's IPL career from 2008 to 2024 has been marked not just by his exceptional wicketkeeping skills, but also for his ability to contribute with the bat. In 170 matches, he has scored 2934 runs at an average and strike rate of 24.25 and 127.57. 

Rishabh Pant

Rishabh Pant, known for his explosive batting and sharp wicketkeeping, has been a key player for Delhi Capitals since his debut in 2016. Pant has made 95 dismissals, including 72 catches and 23 stumpings. His highest dismissals in an innings is 4, achieved through 2 catches and 2 stumping. 

After a life-threatening car accident that kept him out of action for a year, Pant made a comeback to the field in the recently-concluded IPL 2024. In 13 matches, he scored 446 runs at a strike rate of 155.40 while also recording 11 catches and 5 stumpings.

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Robin Uthappa

Robin Uthappa has played for various IPL teams, including CSK, KKR, Mumbai Indians (MI), Pune Warriors India (PWI), RCB, and Rajasthan Royals (RR). While primarily known for his batting, Uthappa has also been a competent wicketkeeper.

Uthappa recorded 90 dismissals, with 58 catches and 32 stumpings. His batting, combined with his wicketkeeping, made Uthappa a valuable player in IPL. He played a crucial role in KKR's title-winning campaigns in 2012 and 2014, providing stability at the top of the order. He announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in 2022.

Quinton de Kock

Quinton de Kock, the South African wicketkeeper-batsman, has made significant contributions in the IPL for franchises like DC, Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), MI, RCB, and SRH. De Kock has 81 dismissals to his name, including 65 catches and 16 stumpings. His highest dismissals in an innings is 4, all through catches.  

His aggressive batting at the top of the order has often given his teams a strong start, making him one of the most sought-after players in the league. De Kock's consistency with both bat and gloves has cemented his reputation as one of the best wicketkeepers in IPL history. 

Parthiv Patel

Representing teams like CSK, MI, RCB, and SRH among others, Parthiv Patel recorded 81 dismissals in 139 matches, consisting of 65 catches and 16 stumpings. Before announcing retirement from all formats of cricket in 2020, Patel, apart from his glovework, also scored 2848 runs in the IPL at a strike rate of 120.78. 

Following his retirement, Patel took on the role of a talent scout for the Mumbai Indians. Additionally, he now frequently appears as a commentator in the IPL and international matches.

Sanju Samson

Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson, who has also represented Delhi Capitals previously, has accumulated 168 dismissals, including 82 catches and 16 stumpings. He has been equally proficient as a batsman, having amassed 4419 runs at an average of 30.69 and a strike rate of 138.96. 

Under Samson's leadership, the Royals reached the playoffs of the recent IPL 2024, before losing the Qualifier 2 to SRH. 

Naman Ojha

Naman Ojha represented franchises like DC, RR, and SRH in his IPL career from 2009 to 2018. Ojha recorded 75 dismissals, consisting of 63 catches and 10 stumping.

His contributions with the bat were also significant. In 113 IPL matches, the top order batsman scored 1554 runs at a strike rate of 118.35. Ojha retired from all formats of cricket in February 2021.

Adam Gilchrist

Adam Gilchrist, the legendary Australian wicketkeeper-batsman, represented Deccan Chargers and KXIP in the IPL from 2008 to 2013. Gilchrist recorded 67 dismissals, including 51 catches and 16 stumping.

Gilchrist's leadership was instrumental in Deccan Chargers' title-winning campaign in 2009. His batting - he was the first batsman to score 1000 runs in the IPL - and strategic acumen as captain made him one of the most impactful players in the early years of the IPL. Overall, Gilchrist played 82 matches over six seasons in the IPL, scoring 2069 runs at an average of 27.22 and a strike rate of 138.39. 


What is MS Dhoni's record as a wicketkeeper in the IPL?

MS Dhoni is the most successful wicketkeeper in the IPL, having recorded 190 dismissals, including 148 catches and 42 stumpings. 

How many dismissals did Dinesh Karthik record in his IPL career?

Dinesh Karthik, who recently announced his retirement from the IPL, recorded 174 dismissals in 257 matches, consisting of 137 catches and 37 stumping. 

What is Rishabh Pant's record as a wicketkeeper in the IPL?

Since his debut in IPL 2016, Rishabh Pant has recorded 95 dismissals, including 72 catches and 23 stumping.

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Umaima Saeed
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Umaima Saeed is a professional sports writer whose articles have been featured in several leading websites. She writes long-form content on sports, particularly cricket. She has a penchant for telling human-interest stories. Umaima has contributed articles on cricket to more than a dozen publications, both in print and online.