India-Australia Test encounters have been known famously for the blistering exhibitions essayed by the bowlers and the batsmen. Not many, are in fact, aware of the contributions rendered by the likes of the wicket-keepers in affecting smooth dismissals for their unit. With the 4-match Test series about to unravel amidst the grueling Australian conditions, and with the touring Indian side being termed as the favorites to clinch the much-coveted Test title, it’s about time we have a look at the top 5 Indian wicket-keepers with most Test dismissals versus Australia in the games played to date.
Top 5 Indian wicket-keepers with most Test dismissals versus Australia
#5 FM Engineer
The former India cricketer played for India from 1961-75, and a played 9 Tests overall against the Aussies wherein he manaed to affect the dismissals on 18 occasions with 7 stumping and 11 catches, with the maximum dismissal count of three in an innings. His dismissals per innings stood at 1.058, making him one of the finest of the lot during his red-bal cricketing days.
Parthiv made his international debut long back in 2002, and since then has witnessed frequent ins and outs within the Indian cricket team. Out of 7 Test appearances agaisnt Australia, the Gujarat bloke picked 19 dismissals under his belt comprising of 4 stumpings and 15 catches, with 4 being the maximum dismissal count in an inning.
#3 Wriddhiman Saha
Saha has been one of the most sensational wicket-keepers in the past few years of red-ball cricket. Though his injuries have led to his ouster from the present tour of the Australian subcontinent, one simply can’t overlook his performances when behind the stumps against the likes of the Aussie unit. In 7 Test appearanes versus Australia, the Bengal based cricketer has managed to garner 20 dismissals in total in the form of 19 catches and solitary stumping, with maximum scalping of three in an inning.
The yesteryear cricketer who was a part of the Indian squad from 1977-86 was by far one of the greatest wicket-keepers to have to have cropped from the Indian subcontinent. Agaisnt Australia, Kirmani played a total of 17 Tests and affected 41 dismissals in the form of 29 catches and 12 stumpings at a flabbergasting rate of 1.242 scalpings per inning.
The veteran of 90 Tests played a total of 19 Tests agianst Australia wherein he managed to reap 71 dismissals, comprising of 56 catches and 15 stumpings at a rate of 2.028 dismissals per innings, thereby making him acquire the first position among the top 5 Indian wicket-keepers with most Test dismissals versus Australia.