Who are the best wicket-keeper batsmen in all the formats for Team India?

The Indian cricket team has always brought out some amazing batsmen and bowlers in the history of cricket. Another important player who is a part of a cricket team is Wicketkeeper. Indian team has witnessed some legendary wicketkeepers such as MS Dhoni, Syed Kirmani, Kiran More to name a few. These players were amazing wicketkeepers but they also played an important role as a batsman. The batsmen and bowlers can be changed according to the cricket conditions but the wicketkeeper remains constant in every format hence the team needs to have a keeper who is talented and also beneficial for the team as a batsman too. Currently, there are quite a few good choices as wicketkeeper batsmen for team India. Let’s have a look.

Rishabh Pant

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Pant plays as a middle-order wicketkeeper-batsman for India and also for Delhi. He was also declared as a captain for Delhi Capitals in the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League making him one of the youngest captains in the history of IPL. He made his debut in Test and ODI format in 2018. He played a major role in the historic win of India in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia in December 2020.

CompetitionTestODIT20IFC
Matches23183347
Runs scored1,4875295123,339
Batting average42.4833.0621.3349.10
100s/the 50s3/60/30/28/14
Top score159*7865*308
Catches/stumpings85/89/19/5155/15
     
 Source- Cricinfo

 He has the highest batting average of 42.5 in test cricket and has the highest strike rate of 149.8 in IPL. In the wicketkeeping department, he has taken the highest number of catches in test cricket. He performs as a wicketkeeper as well as and batsman which is beneficial for the team.

KL Rahul

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KL Rahul plays for Karnataka in domestic cricket, and he is also the captain of Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League. He made his international debut in 2014 and he was also the first Indian batsman to score a century on his One Day International debut. 

CompetitionTestODIT20IFC
Matches38384981
Runs scored22501,5091,5576,147
Batting average36.2948.6739.9246.92
100s/50s6/125/92/1116/30
Top score199112110*337
Balls bowled168
Wickets0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings48/–21/218/188/–
Source- Cricinfo

He has the highest batting average of 48.7 in ODI format and has the maximum number of catches in test cricket. He also scored a century in the second test match of the ongoing test series of India against England which led to the well-deserved victory of India at Lords.

Wriddhiman Saha

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Saha made his test and ODI debut in 2010. He plays first-class cricket matches domestically for Bengal. In the Indian Premier League, he plays as a wicket-keeper batsman for Sunrisers Hyderabad. He is also the first cricketer to score a century in an IPL final. In 2017, he became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score centuries at home and outside Asia too.

CompetitionTestODIFCLA
Matches389111100
Runs scored1,251416,1162,693
Batting average29.113.6643.0742.74
100s/50s3/50/013/352/19
Top score11716203*116
Catches/stumpings92/1117/1299/35123/15
Source- Cricinfo

 He has the highest strike rate of 73.2 in ODI format. He has taken the most number of catches in test cricket.

Ishaan Kishan                              

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Kishan made his ODI and T20 debut in July 2021 and March 2021 respectively. He scored 56 runs off 32 balls in his T20 debut against England and was also named as the man of the match. He plays domestic cricket for team Jharkhand and plays for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. He was the highest run-scorer with 516 runs for his team in the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League. He also made a record by taking seven catches behind the stumps, the most catches taken by a wicket-keeper in a List A match against Madhya Pradesh in 2020-21 Vijay Hazare Trophy.

CompetitionODIT20IFCT20
Matches2379103
Runs scored60802,6652,525
Batting average30.0040.0037.5328.05
100s/50s0/10/15/152/13
Top score5956173113*
Catches/stumpings2/00/190/1146
                                Source- Cricinfo

 Even though he has not gotten a call-up for India in test cricket, he has the potential to perform as a wicket-keeper batsman based on his statistics in all the formats of the game.So these were the best wicketkeeper batsmen who are a part of Team India in all the formats. We have witnessed some amazing knocks as well as their game behind the stumps which is a treat for the eyes of the cricket fans.

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