Australia’s Tim Paine became the latest of the relatively few wicket-keepers to have captained in a Test. Here is the full list (as on 31 Mar 2018):
Relatively few keepers have had extended runs as captains. However the top two on this list are current players, even though MS Dhoni retired from Tests a few years ago and from ODIs and T20Is more recently.
There are some like Gilchrist and Boucher who captained only when the regular captain was temporarily available. It remains to be seen whether Paine will captain his side after this Test-though Australia does not seem to have much choice at the moment.
New Zealand’s LK Germon appears to be an odd case as he captained his side in all his 12 Tests. He is the only player from an established side to have captained in a Test on his debut in recent years. The last before him was Tony Lewis in 1972. (Obviously we do not count Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and the returning South Africa).
A few such as AJ Stewart played numerous Tests as keeper and non-keeper. The above list only includes the Tests where he was keeper. He also opened the batting in some of these matches. He captained England a total of 15 times, 12 as keeper and 3 as non-keeper.
Other examples include KC Sangakkara (captained in 15 Tests, never as a keeper), AM de Villiers (captained in 3 Tests, none as keeper), R Dravid (25 Tests, none as keeper) and LD Chandimal (captained in 10 Tests, none as keeper). But they have captained in ODIs and T20Is as keepers. More about these later.
Note that Taibu somehow took one catch as a fielder when he temporarily relinquished his keeping duties.