Wicketkeeping is one of the most crucial roles in a cricket game. A team can’t be fulfilled without a regular wicketkeeper. There are so many talented keepers in the world who also are destructive batsmen. In this content, we will bring you the top 10 best wicket-keepers in the world in 2022. This list has been made upon their keeping performance, batting display, pressure handling ability as well as match-winning caliber. So let’s see which current international wicket-keepers have made it to this top 10 list. Most Thrilling ODI Cricket Matches of the 21st Century.
Top 10 Best Wicket-Keepers in the World in 2022
Our experts have considered a number of attributes to come up with this list.
Who is the Best Wicket-Keeper Batsman in the World Right Now?
#1. Jos Buttler (England)
Who else but the English sensational run-machine to top the list? Jos Buttler is the best wicket-keeper batsman in the world at the moment. The 31 years old is not only a magnificent keeper but also a destructive hitter of the cricket ball. Although he is mainly considered a white-ball specialist, he is also a pretty handy option in tests as well. Among his 373 international catches, 348 came while standing behind the wicket. He also has 43 stumping beside his name.
As a batsman, he has scored more than 2k runs in T20I while the Taunton-born cricketer has also scored around 4 thousand runs in the ODI. Moreover, in red-ball cricket, he is just a few short of 3 thousand runs at the moment. But the most sensational attribute of his batting is his big-hitting ability and strike rate. The Cricket World Cup-winning player has an unbelievable strike rate in the ODI (above 115) while his T20I batting strike rate is also above 140. With both keeping and batting abilities, Jos Butter is the world’s best WKbatsman at the moment. So, he is topping our list of the Top 10 Best Wicket-Keepers in the World in 2022.
#2. Quinton De Kock (South Africa)
Quinton De Kock is the most talented wicket-keeper batsman of his generation. The Protea sensation is also perhaps the most consistent one among all keepers. The left-handed stylish batsman came into the limelight during his sensational run at the 2012 Under-19 World Cup. Then he showed his caliber in the senior arena while he proved himself as a tremendous future prospect in the 2012 Champions League T20 in South Africa. He also made his international debut that year and the rest is history.
So far, the limited-overs opening batsman has made more than 5500 runs in ODI while his T20I run tally has crossed the 1800-mark. His ODI average is an incredible 46 at the moment while in test cricket his willow made 3300 runs at an average of 38+ plus thus far. To date, QDK has caught as many as 443 catches in international cricket while making a stumping of 43 batsmen. The Protea opener is our 2nd pick in the list of the Top 10 Best Wicket-Keepers in the World in 2022. IPL Auction 2022: Top Overseas Players Who Can Catch Big Money Contracts.
#3. Jonny Bairstow (England)
Among the top 3, we were forced to place 2 Englishmen thanks to their incredible stats. Jonny Bairstow is undoubtedly a world-class wicket-keeper batsman. He is incredible with both bat and gloves in hand. Although he rarely gets a chance to keep the wicket in limited formats due to the presence of Buttler, the Bradford-born star has still managed to take 212 catches as a keeper and also has 17 stumpings beside his name. Apart from his keeping skill, the 32 years old has more than 9 thousand runs in the international arena.
#4. Rishabh Pant (India)
One of the finest young wicket-keepers on the planet at the moment. The Indian pocket-dynamite size power-hitting wicket-keeper batter is only 24 but has proved himself a crucial member of the “Men in Blue” squad. So far he has accumulated 127 catches while keeping the wicket and also made 16 stumpings. In addition to this, the Roorkee-born star has made 3k+ runs in international cricket. His average is above 30 in both test cricket and ODI. Moreover, he can score very quickly and is a clean-hitter of the cricket ball.
#5. Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan)
During his earlier spells in the Pakistan team, Rizwan faced many criticisms. But he has really made a very strong comeback. His performance in the 2021 T20 World Cup was magnificent. The 29 years old is an acrobatic wicket-keeper and also a solid batsman. Till now, Rizwan has more than 3400 international runs, 10 stumpings as well as 105 catches as a wicket-keeper.
#6. Mushfiqur Rahim (Bangladesh)
Perhaps, the most underrated wicketkeeper of his generation! Many of the fans may have criticized him due to representing a comparatively weaker side. But if you carefully look at his stats, you will understand what a gem of a payer he has been for Bangladesh! He has almost 13 thousand international runs. The Bogra-born small-sized but highly effective cricketer has around 5k runs in tests and more than 6500 runs in ODI. He also grabbed 317 caught-behinds along with 90 stumpings! Yes, he might not be a regular keeper in the BD side now but he is definitely the most underrated wicket-keeper batsman in the world.
#7. Matthew Wade (Australia)
Adam Gilchrist is considered the greatest wicket-keeper batsman in the history of cricket. Although there is not much room in this debate, the Australian cricket team has really struggled to find his perfect replacement. Even after more than a decade of his retirement, the Kangaroos could barely find a perfect WK-Batter. Brad Haddin played a handy role after Gilly’s departure. But as Haddin too called time on his international career, the Aussies were left almost option-less! Matthew Wade, Alex Carey, Tim Paine, and Ben McDermott all proved themselves mediocre. Wade was highly criticized at one point.
But the left-handed keeper cum batter chose the WC T20 as the platform to prove his worth. His unbelievable knock against Pakistan in the high-voltage semifinal gifted Australia a victory out of nowhere. And it eventually resulted in their maiden T20 WC glory. And yeah, due to that heroics, Wade has turned into a national hero overnight! Well, the Tasmania-born cricketer has more than 4200 international runs while he also managed to make 229 dismissals as a keeper.
#8. Tom Latham (New Zealand)
Tom Latham has never been a regular wicket-keeper on the Kiwi side. During his early days, BJ Watling was the first choice keeper in the test and Latham served his role in the outfield. While, in limited formats, the likes of Tim Seifert, Tom Blundell as well as Glen Philipps all hovering around Latham never had to play the role of the main keeper of the side. But the Christchurch, Canterbury-born cricketer still managed to grab 72 caught-behinds while he also made 11 successful stumpings. But his main role in the side has been as a solid middle-order batsman. The 29 years old has more than 7 and a half thousand runs beside his name. His test average is above 42 and his ODI average stands just below 35.
#9. KL Rahul (India)
Although he is not a regular WK in the Indian team, he still can be played as the main keeper in absence of Pant. His keeping performance might be average considering the likes of Buttler, Bairstow, QDK, or Pant but his batting caliber is simply at the highest level. He has only taken 18 international catches as a keeper and made 13 stumpings. But with more than 6 thousand overall runs in the international arena, he deserves a place on the list of the top 10 best wicket-keepers in the world. And don’t forget he is a regular keeper in his IPL team.
#10. Alex Carey (Australia)
One might question his batting skills in the international arena, but you simply can’t doubt him as a wicketkeeper. So far, the Adelaide Strikers opener has been involved with more than a hundred dismissals in international cricket. So far, he has managed to take 88 caught-behinds and made 15 stumpings.