A wicketkeeper plays a quintessential role in keeping the wickets as he should be entirely aware of his positional acumen. Besides that, he needs to apply his skills in such a way that it benefits the team. For instance, even a presence of mind could pave the way for catering to the needs of the team.
A wicketkeeper is responsible for affecting a stumping, run-out and taking catches. Besides that, he should know a thing or two about the game such that he can help the team in taking DRS reviews, while LBW appeal or when a batsman gets an inside edge off his willow.
Apart from wicketkeeping credentials, wicketkeepers have played a pivotal role in adding the flesh to the scoreboard by scoring runs in the big tournaments such as the World Cup. Let’s now discuss the names of the four wicketkeepers who essayed the most runs in a single World Cup edition.
1. Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock who is playing his last ICC ODI World Cup tournament has been on a roll in the competition so far, aggregating 545 runs in the ongoing edition, which is also the most runs scored by a wicketkeeper in ODI World Cup history. In fact, he has got some more games in his belt and he will be looking to add more runs.
2. Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest batters of all time. Sri Lanka’s batting great comes second on the list as he aggregated 541 runs in the ICC ODI World Cup 2015 edition.
3. Kumar Sangakkara
Former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara once again features himself in the list as he mustered 465 runs in the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2011 tournament, the most by a wicketkeeper in that edition.
4. Adam Gilchrist
Adam Gilchrist is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest wicketkeeper-batsmen in the history of the game. He comes next on the list as he aggregated 453 runs in the 2007 edition of the ODI World Cup.
Updated as of November 1, 2023.