Boucher leads by a large margin (60) followed by de Villiers (40).
de Villiers has the most catches by a fielder (25) besides 15 catches as a keeper. Next among fielders is Kallis with 23. Note that K Verreyne has 14 in just 2 Tests.
Current players here include Saha, de Kock, Pujara and Rahane.
Most dismissals in an innings (5 or more):
Saha (twice), de Kock and newcomer Verreyne represent the current players.
Most dismissals in a match (7 or more):
Saha has the most, with 5 catches in each innings. Other current players are de Kock, Pant and Verreyne.
Most dismissals per innings (Minimum 20 innings, 0.60 or more):
Boucher leads by a large margin over Dhoni.
Apart from the “hybrid” de Villiers who played both as a keeper and fielder, GC Smith has the highest dismissal rate among fielders.
Rahane is the only current player here.
Finally: All-round performance:
Overall performance (see criteria in table):
Only SM Pollock can be called a genuine all-rounder. Kallis is not here as he bowled less than 2000 balls against India.
Match performance (at least 50+ and 5wi+):
The best of these match performances seems to be by N Boje.
AK Markram has now played 29 Tests. 18 of them were won by SA and 11 were lost. None were drawn. He thus continues to hold the record for playing in the most Tests without a draw. Next is England’s GA Lohmann of long ago who played in 18 Tests (15 wins, 3 losses).
We now continue with individual performances in Bowling.
Most wickets (20 or more):
Shakib Al Hasan took over the record from Shahid Afridi in this edition.
Bravo, Ashwin and Starc are the next among current players. Ashwin and Jadeja are the only Indian players here.
Best innings bowling (includes all 5wi and above):
None of the top performance were from this edition, the best being A Zampa’s 5-19 and Mujeeb’s 5-20. Adil Rashid’s 4 wickets for 2 runs against the West Indies is almost as startling as Rangana Herath’s 5-3 against New Zealand in 2014. Also note 4-9 both by Shakib and Rashid Khan
Best bowling averages (minimum 500 balls bowled, all instances):
Shakib and Bravo are the only current players here.
S Ajmal and Shakib have the best averages.
Shakib and Afridi have the best economy rates.
S Ajmal and Shakib have the best strike rates.
As you can see, Indian players do not figure in the last two lists.
Now for Fielding.
Most dismissals (12 and above):
de Villiers and Dhoni share the top position here, while Mushfiqur, Guptill and Warner have the most dismissals among current players.
Some points of interest: de Villiers’s dismissals came both as keeper and non-keeper (7 catches as keeper, 2 stumpings and 23 catches as non-keeper).
Dhoni’s 32 dismissals is the most for a keeper (including 21 catches and 11 stumpings). However, Kamran Akmal (18) and Sangakkara (14) have more stumpings).
de Villers has the most (23) catches as a non-keeper. Next are Guptill and Warner.
Most dismissals in an innings (4 and above):
12 players have made 4 dismissals in an innings, MH Cross of Scotland being the only one in 2021.
Note the 4 stumpings by Kamran Akmal and D Ramdin.
D Sammy is the only one with 4 catches as a non-keeper.
Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.60 and above):
Mushfiqur has the best by a current player.
The “hybrid” de Villiers has the best average here.
Dhoni and Kamran Akmal both share the best average for a keeper.
GJ Maxwell, Guptill and Warner have the best averages for non-keepers. They all played in the final of the 2021 edition.
Finally, All-round performance:
Overall (note the conditions in the table):
Shakib has by far the best performance here, with Shahid Afridi a distant second.
Bravo and Mohammad Nabi also represent the current players.
Match performance (30 runs and 3 wickets):
The best performances would be by Bravo, Watson (28 Sep 2012) and Shakib (21 Oct 2021).
There is also Hasaranga de Silva among current players.
No good performances by Indian players in this category.
South Africa defeated the West Indies 2-0. Ironically this series was part of the World Test Championship, even though the final between India and New Zealand was happening at the same time. This is the final WTC points table:
Finally South Africa finished 5th and the West Indies 8th (just below Sri Lanka).
A total of 30 Tests have been played between these teams, evenly divided into 15 in each country.
Overall, South Africa lead 20-3 with 7 draws.
In South Africa, they lead 12-1 with 2 draws.
In West Indies, they lead 8-2 with 5 draws.
We now look at individual performances, starting with Batting:
It will be seen that hardly any of the leading performances in batting and other departments are from current players.
Most runs (750 andmore):
Highest innings (150 and above):
Highest batting average (Min 20 innings, all instances):
Here we take up the cases where someone was not the nominated keeper in a Test, took over when the nominated keeper was unfit or unavailable and took one or more catch or stumping while doing so.
Catches as keeper while not nominated keeper:
These are all the 38 players who took at least 1 catch in their careers.
The number of Tests here are those when they were not nominated keepers. Some, notably de Villiers and Bairstow in recent years, have been nominated keepers in some Tests. These are not included in the above table.
Stumpings while not nominated keeper:
Similarly, these are the 15 players who have taken at least 1 stumping in their career as a non-keeper.
These lists overlap. It is better to consolidate them into a single list.
Consolidated list of players who have taken at least one catch as keeper and/or one stumping in Tests where they were not nominated keepers:
Among these 43 players, AB de Villiers has the most catches and most dismissals (12 each) followed by KC Sangakarra and TWM Latham (7 each).
The most stumpings are 2 by Tillakaratne, M Wasim and Christiani.
This also lists the total number of dismissals (as a fielder) in these Tests. The highest is 133 by de Villiers followed by 96 by Collingwood with a few others in the 90s.
Although it is not mentioned here, de Villiers played another 24 Tests as nominated keeper and took a further 89 catches and 5 stumpings there. Similarly, Collingwood never played any Test as a nominated keeper, so his career total of catches is 96 as shown above. Sangakkara played a further 48 Tests as nominated keeper and took 124 catches and 20 stumpings, to give him a total of 202 dismissals.
From the first two tables above, we can see that the most dismissals in a match by these keepers is 5 by Imrul Kayes, followed by 4 for several others. The case of Majid Khan’s 4 catches is particularly interesting, and deserves a separate post.
But this is not the end of the story. There are also players who were not in the playing eleven and substituted for the wicketkeeper. Details of their performance are hard to find. However, stumpings by a substitute are rare and are covered here:
Here we look at the Test players with the highest dismissal rates, subject to a minimum of 20 innings fielded. These are correct as of Aug 31, 2020 and do not include the ICC XI Test of 2005.
Naturally, this will be headed by wicket-keepers who invariably get more catches than other fielders. But you would not have guessed that the highest average is by Rishabh Pant, who is generally not considered to be India’s best keeper at the moment.
The #2 is also not what you would expect. While Tim Paine did a good job as stopgap captain of Australia, you would not expect him to be so high up.
At #3 there is another current player in Quintun de Kock, who is likely to be SA’s next Test captain.
Going further down, we see NZ’s BJ Watling with 241 dismissals including 231 catches as a keeper, 10 catches as a keeper and 8 stumpings. But there is no non-keeper in the above list which goes down to a dismissal rate of 1.500.
Going still further down, the highest dismissal rate by a non-keeper is 1.060 by India’s ED Solkar (53 catches at 1.060). He is just ahead of AB de Villiers at 1.046, with 121 as a fielder and 106 as a keeper.
There are several prominent keepers like Gilchrist, Dhoni and Knott who played all their Tests as keepers. Others took on keeping duties for one or more Tests when the regular keeper was unavailable. And some took over the keeping duties in the middle of a Test and took catches as well as stumped batsmen.
Statsguru does list “catches as keeper” and “catches as fielder” in separate columns, so we can identify catches taken by short-term keepers. There are even a few cases of substitute fielders going on the field to keep wickets and accounting for catches and stumpings. These were in the earlier days.
Here we look at the cases of those who took at least 10 catches as a keeper and 10 as non-keeper.
There are numerous “multitaskers” from recent years, such as Watling (239 dismissals as keeper and 10 as a fielder). Others are ABD (106 and 121), Bairstow (186 and 11), Buttler (86 and 23) and Chandimal (72 and 15). We can see that ABD is the only one whose dismissals in both categories are roughly the same.
Now we look at those who played at least 5 Tests as keepers and 5 Tests as non-keepers:
From recent years there are Watling, de Villiers, Bairstow, Mushfiqur, Buttler, Chandimal, Wade, KD Karthik, Liton and Kusal Perera.
Karthik is the only Indian player here. Oddly enough, the only players from before 2000 are CL Walcott and WB Philips.