BJ Watling Leapfrogs MS Dhoni To Become The Wicketkeeper With The 7th Most Catches In Test Cricket

BJ Watling Leapfrogs MS Dhoni To Become The Wicketkeeper With The 7th Most Catches In Test Cricket

BJ Watling
BJ Watling. Image-Twitter

A dislocated finger could not keep a spirited BJ Watling down as the veteran New Zealand wicketkeeper finished his Test career with 257 catches.

And, by doing that, Watling leapfrogged the legendary MS Dhoni to finish as the wicketkeeper with the 7th most catches in Test match cricket

BJ Watling kept the wickets for New Zealand in a total of 127 innings in which he affected 257 dismissals.

Watling claimed one catch (of Ashwin) in India’s first innings and he backed it up with three catches in the second.

BJ Watling
BJ Watling’s finger being assessed by the physio. (Credits: Twitter)

The New Zealand keeper had suffered a painful blow on his finger during the morning session of the sixth day but that didn’t peg him back as he came out to keep wickets in the afternoon session and claimed a simple catch off Ravindra Jadeja.

As far as keepers with most catches in Test cricket is concerned, South Africa’s Mark Boucher leads the way with 532 catches in 281 innings followed by Adam Gilchrist, who claimed as many as 379 catches in 191 innings.

Gilchrist’s predecessor Ian Healy is at the third spot with 366 catches in 124 innings followed by Rodney Marsh and Jeff Dujon with 343 and 265 catches in 182 and 150 innings respectively.

Brad Haddin claimed 262 catches in 128 innings followed by New Zealand’s Watling.

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