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5 best catches by Indian wicket-keepers

S Samaddar
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602   //    26 Sep 2017, 17:53 IST

Syed Kirmani
Syed Kirmani is considered one of the best Indian keepers to have played the game

As far as great catches are concerned, the ones taken behind the stumps are often more spectacular to watch due to the athletic abilities of wicket-keepers. Over the years, India has had plenty of wicket-keepers who have proven themselves to be right up there with the very best in the world and have been a vital cog in the wheel for the team.

As such, many of India's best wicket-keepers enjoy their status for having dazzled everyone with their exploits behind the stumps and great catches and lightning-quick stumpings are a hallmark of their trade.

Here is a list of the best catches ever taken by Indian wicket-keepers:


5 Syed Kirmani v Pakistan, Karachi, 1982


Syed Kirmani is often regarded as one of the best Indian wicket-keepers to have ever played the game, and some of the catches that he pulled off during his decade-long career spanning 88 Tests and 49 ODIs were quite stunning.

One catch that stands out in particular is the one he took to dismiss Saleem Malik in the 2nd Test at Karachi during India's 1982 tour to Pakistan.

In Pakistan's first innings, Madan Lal was on a roll and had reduced the hosts to 15 for 2 and then to 18-3 when Kirmani took one of the finest catches ever taken by an Indian wicket-keeper to send back Saleem Malik.

Malik mistimed a drive and as the ball flew towards first slip, Kirmani leapt to his right and showed amazing reflexes to complete the catch even when first slip was shaping up to take the catch. 


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