On the cricket field, wicketkeeper is the most important fielder as they keep the ball maximum time than any other fielders. Without a fielder, a team can continue the match, but a wicketkeeper is an integral part of the cricket team like a goalkeeper in football.
The specialist wicketkeeper is very important for a team to get success in international cricket. If an excellent wicket keeper can bat that is a gift to a team. Cricket has witnessed many gifted wicketkeeper like Mark Boucher and Ian Healy, who were known for their wicketkeeping skills more than their batting. At the same time, cricket is enriched with wicketkeeper like Adam Gilchrist, Kumar Sangakkara and MS Dhoni, who dominated the cricket both with bat and keeping gloves.
Legendary Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist and Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka are two of the rare wicketkeepers whose all-around performances helped not only their team to get worldwide success but also become a talking points around the world.
Australia always gifts cricket a complete wicketkeeper. Ian Healy was known as an extremely talented wicketkeeper but his successor Adam Gilchrist served Australia as an explosive batsman and an athlete wicketkeeper.
At the same time, Kumar Sangakkara, who is a great wicketkeeper, but cricket world will remember him as one of the greatest Test batsmen. The crickter from the island is a great batsman, his batting feat made him one of the best Test batsmen in the world. This year he featured in the ICC’s ODI team of the year.
Besides them, cricket has also seen wicketkeeper like Moin Khan of Pakistan, Kiran More of India, Jeff Dujon of West Indies, Naren Tamhane of India who were the famous names among the wicketkeepers. They rarely missed a catch and a stump out opportunity.
But, probably they did not catch the best ever catch in the history of cricket. In a Big Bash League (BBL) match, Adelaide Strikers’ Tim Ludeman took an incredible catch off Kieron Pollard’s bowling. Tim Ludeman dived full length to his right and took an unbelievable catch that stunned one and all. Ludeman was seen flying in the air as he pulled off a breathtaking catch.
If the catch is not the best then it will be one of the best in the history of cricket.
Watch the catch here