She’s a ‘keeper: Stumpers with 100 ODI dismissals
Wicket-keeping is one of the toughest jobs in cricket. It takes a lot, both mentally and physically, to concentrate ball-after-ball, waiting for an opportunity. Sometimes you have to act as the voice of the team, help the captain get the fielding positions right, and lift the team morale when things are not going your way.
Wicket-keepers can go all day without getting noticed. When they complete several catches and stumpings, they are simply ‘doing their job’, but one mistake, and everyone is ready to pounce. Hero – for an acrobatic catch – or villain – for one mistake – there is no middle ground.
This week, Women’s CricZone lists the five wicket-keepers, who amazed us with their agility and longevity in the game, to reach the pinnacle of 100 dismissals as a wicket-keeper in ODIs.
(Note: Players have been listed in the order they achieved the landmark)
Rebecca Rolls (New Zealand)
26 Mar 2005
New Zealand’s Rebecca Rolls became the first woman to reach 100 dismissals as a wicket-keeper in ODIs during the 2005 World Cup match against Sri Lanka in Pretoria. She reached the milestone when she caught Dedunu Silva off Anna Dodd’s bowling.
Rolls, an attacking batter and an outstanding wicket-keeper, came into the match with 96 dismissals in 83 innings. She had an outstanding match taking two early catches to dismiss two of Sri Lanka’s top order batters. By the time she caught Silva to complete 100 dismissals, Sri Lanka were in complete disarray and were eventually dismissed for 58 runs. Her outstanding display of wicket-keeping won her the player of the match with New Zealand registering an easy seven-wicket win.
Rolls, who retired from international cricket in 2007, held the record for the most dismissals by wicket keeper with 133 dismissals to her name for a long time, before South Africa’s Trisha Chetty broke it in 2017.
Jane Smit (England)
1 Apr 2005
Six days later in the same World Cup, Jane Smit became the second to reach the milestone when England faced New Zealand at the same venue in Pretoria.
Smit, who had 99 dismissals from 89 innings with 60 catches and 39 stumpings, had to wait for her landmark with England winning the toss and batting first. New Zealand were chasing a modest target of 181 and Haidee Tiffen looked set to take them home with a fluent 43. In the 39th over of the match, Smit caught New Zealand’s Tiffen off Nicky Shaw to get to the 100 dismissals mark. Unfortunately for her and England that was the only dismissal she had in the match and England went on to lose it by five wickets.
Sarah Taylor (England)
26 Jan 2014
Sarah Taylor, one of the best wicket-keepers the game has seen, was always destined to end up in record books with her feats both behind and in front of the stumps. It was only a matter of time for her to join the 100 dismissals club.
Taylor, who played 126 matches for England, achieved the landmark when England faced their arch rivals Australia in Hobart during their 2014 tour of Australia. Having elected to bat, the openers gave England a good start of 79. When Taylor looked sublime in her batting and scored a 57-ball 64 to help England set a target of 268. On a good batting track Australia got off to an excellent start and Lanning was looking unstoppable. In the 10th over she was going after Gunn with a four and a six, but when Gunn fired a wide down the legside Taylor leapt to her left side and whipped off the bails in her trademark style to tick off her 100th dismissal. There could have been no better way to do it.
Sarah Taylor holds the record for most stumpings in ODIs (51) along with India’s Anju Jain.
Trisha Chetty (South Africa)
26 Nov 2014
In the same year, South Africa’s Trisha Chetty became the fourth player in the world to reach 100 wicket-keeping dismissals. She reached the milestone in 66 matches becoming the fastest to the mark.
South Africa were playing India in Bengaluru in the second ODI as part of ICC ODI Championship and Chetty had an early disappointment when she got out for 16 while opening the batting. Chetty needed two dismissals to join the club, and South Africa needed them early as the target was only 187 runs. By the time she had Shikha Pandey, who scored a match winning fifty, caught off the bowling of Marizanne Kapp as her 100th dismissal, India were almost through to the target.
Trisha Chetty is the current record holder for the most number of dismissals as a wicket-keeper in ODIs. She is the only wicket-keeper to have gone past 150 dismissals in the format and she is also the only one with more than 100 catches to her credit.
Merissa Aguilleira (West Indies)
19 Sep 2018
Four years later, in 2018, West Indies player Merissa Aguilleira became the fifth wicket-keeper in the world to go past 100 dismissals during the match against South Africa in Bridgetown. She took 102 innings to reach the milestone, becoming the slowest to the mark.
Having won the toss, West Indies decided to field in a match that was reduced to 38 overs due to rain. The match was abandoned before West Indies could bat, but Aguilleira had enough time to get to the landmark. She got the big scalp of Laura Wolvaardt as her 100th dismissal when the opener nicked Shamilia Connell’s delivery behind the wicket early in the South African innings. She played only one more match for West Indies and ended her ODI career with 102 dismissals.
Aguilleira, who captained West Indies in 71 ODIs while keeping wickets, holds the record for the most numbers of matches as a wicket-keeper captain.
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