Today we discuss about the best 5 wicket-keepers in IPL 2020. Wicket Keeping is an art that needs perfection and practice. Moreover, it is an aspect of the game we generally tend to forget or allot a required amount of importance to. But it is one of the most vital aspects of the game. A good stumping, a brilliant catch down the wicket can change the entire course of a match.
Thus the player standing behind the stumps in the role of a wicket-keeper should be adept at handling the pace, bounce, and turn that is offered by the wicket. He must be technically sound enough to understand the lengths that the bowler would be more eager to work on. Following is a subjective list of the best 5 wicket-keepers in IPL 2020. The list is based on past performances in the tournament.
Quinton De Kock (Mumbai Indians)
One of the best wicket-keeper batsmen in the world today across formats, De Kock is a brilliant stroke maker. Moreover, he is flexible in the batting order and can necessarily bat at any position allotted. However, he is most effective when he opens the batting. That is when he is at his destructive best as he gets the time to settle down and punish the opposition. His skills as a pure wicket-keeper are unparalleled as well.
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He is extremely athletic behind the stumps with his diminutive height giving him great ground clearance. He is quick behind the stumps as well. Quinton is deemed to be the first choice wicket-keeper batsman for the Rohit Sharma led side. Among best 5 wicket-keepers in IPL 2020.
Jos Buttler (Rajasthan Royals)
One of the most explosive batsmen in the shorter formats of the game, Buttler can change the course of a match within a couple of overs. With all kinds of shots in his arsenal, it is very difficult to restrict the flow of runs from his bat, since he knows how to keep the scoreboard ticking and is a master at finding gaps in the field placing.
Jos is extremely good behind the stumps as well. He would be the first choice opening wicket-keeper batsman for the Royals franchise. A lot would depend on how he sets the momentum for the game. He would be crucial during big run chases as he has this unique ability to absorb and perform even better under pressure. Among best 5 wicket-keepers in IPL 2020.
Jonny Bairstow (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
Another batsman who along with Jos Butler has risen through the ranks to become one of the most dependable opening batsmen in the shorter versions of the game. Bairstow has been in tremendous form over the last couple of years. His partnership along with Jason Roy at the top of the order has been one of the biggest highlights in England’s transition to becoming the top One Day International team in the world. Bairstow is extremely good behind the stumps with acute reflexes and technical soundness. Among best 5 wicket-keepers in IPL 2020.
Dinesh Karthik (Kolkata Knight Riders)
What augurs well for Karthik is his experience of well over a decade now in international and national cricket. Although a specialist wicketkeeper, Karthik somewhat rejuvenated his career when he was picked up and given the captaincy mantle of the KKR team. He has relished this new role of his and has churned out match-winning performances in the last couple of years.
Moreover, he has been pretty consistent down the order as well with the bat. His exceptional innings in the final over of the Nidahas Trophy against Bangladesh was a major boost, something that was required for his career. Karthik would be expected to lead the side this season as well. Among best 5 wicket-keepers in IPL 2020.
MS Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings)
He is not even an active player for India anymore. But still, the authority and the respect that MS Dhoni commands are magical. There is hardly anyone who would bet against the former Indian maverick captain with his record, his reputation of being the greatest finisher in the history of limited-overs cricket. His mere presence on the ground would act as a major boost for a team in which he is treated like a godfather of sorts.
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MS would be keen to prove that he is still worthy of the pedestal that he occupied for close to 15 years and when you know you are down and out, there is only one guy you could still trust to bail you out of trouble. His lightning quickness behind the stumps would be another major advantage that he would bring to the fore. Among best 5 wicket-keepers in IPL 2020.
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