Since the very beginning of cricket, a wicketkeeper’s skill has always been applied behind the wickets. His most important skill is his ability to catch the ball, be it with one hand or both, either from a nearly stationary position standing close to the batsman or affecting a quick dive or sprint, or even a stumping. However, in modern-day cricket, a ’keeper’s job specs are not only to perform well behind the wickets in terms of taking catches, executing stumpings and limiting the number of byes, but to also perform well as a batsman. Therefore, the position is of a specialist or an all-rounder in the playing XI.
In the fourth and final part of this statistical analysis on Test wicketkeepers, we take a look at the youngest and oldest to keep wickets in Test cricket. Some of them have also the distinction of registering centuries and claiming maximum dismissals at a very young or old age. The tables below list all such players.
Teenage Test wicketkeepers on debut
Oldest Test wicketkeepers on debut
Note: Fred Price and Arthur Wood kept wickets for England in successive Test matches, as did Harry Elliott and Harry Smith.
Oldest Test wicketkeepers
Youngest wicketkeepers to make a maiden Test century
Youngest wicketkeeper to make a Test 200
Oldest wicketkeepers to make a maiden Test century
Oldest wicketkeeper to make a Test 200
Youngest wicketkeepers to take five or more dismissals in a Test innings
The youngest Test keeper to claim seven dismissals in an innings is Pakistan’s Wasim Bari (30 years, 337 days) against New Zealand at Auckland on February 23, 1979, in a draw.
The oldest Test keeper to claim seven dismissals in an innings is England’s Bob Taylor (38 years, 213 days) against India at Mumbai (Wankhede) on February, 15, 1980, in a winning cause.
Oldest wicketkeepers to claim five or more dismissals in a Test innings
Youngest wicketkeepers to claim eight or more dismissals in a Test match
Oldest wicketkeepers to claim eight or more dismissals in a Test match