Kumar Sangakkara © Getty Images
Kumar Sangakkara has redefined the quality and level of wicket-keeper batsman in international cricket © Getty Images

By Sandipan Banerjee

Sri Lankan gloveman Kumar Sangakkara is just two more dismissals away to become the most successful wicket-keeper, in terms of dismissals, in the history of One-Day International (ODI) cricket. Currently former Australian wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist is topping the list with 472 dismissals to his name, whereas Sangakkara has been a part of 471 wickets so far. So he is all set to achieve this milestone in the ongoing series against England.

Sangakkara’s career is already well decorated by by many achievements and when he will finally manage to get past Gilchrist, it will add another feather to his crown. This southpaw has redefined the quality and level of wicket-keeper batsman in international cricket. Former South African wicket-keeper Mark Boucher is placed number three in the list with 425 dismissals, followed by Indian skipper MS Dhoni, with 312.

Here is the list of top five wicket-keepers, in terms of dismissals:

Player Country Dismissals Matches
Adam Gilchrist Australia 472 287
Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka 471 384
Mark Boucher South Africa 425 295
MS Dhoni India 312 250
Moin Khan Pakistan 287 219

(Sandipan Banerjee is a reporter at Cricket Country. Cricket has been the biggest passion for him since his childhood. So, when it came to choosing his career, he chose to turn his passion into his profession. Apart from cricket he likes mountain trekking, river rafting and photography. His twitter handle is @im_sandipan)