Wicket-keeping is one of the most thankless jobs in cricket. This is even more evident in the IPL which is brutal and taxing on the players and where only batsmen are eulogized. The wicket-keepers, amidst the nerves and extreme pressure, have always got to be alert and active. One tiny mistake or miss by them can turn out to be a massive game-changing blunder. And yet, those who have gone about their job behind the stumps effectively have hardly found any genuine appreciation in the championship.
Hence, here we look at the top five wicket-keepers with the most dismissals in a single season in the history of the IPL.
5. 17 Dismissals – MS Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings), IPL 2013:
Easily one of India’s best wicket-keepers ever, MS Dhoni has also been incredible behind the stumps in the IPL. In the 2013 IPL, Dhoni, playing for the Chennai Super Kings, was simply brilliant. Despite the added burden of captaincy, Dhoni reveled in the role behind the stumps. He marshaled his resources supremely while also being swift, clean and always active as a wicket-keeper. In 18 matches that season, Dhoni effected 17 dismissals – 15 catches and 2 stumpings.