The Indian Premier League has witnessed several wicketkeeper-batters serving as a shining light to the teams going through a dark phase. When the top-order batters get dismissed for cheap scores, the responsibility solely lies on the wicketkeeper who bats in the middle order.
Some wicketkeepers have also opened the batting for the teams and have remained successful too. It’s all about dictating the terms and dominating the proceedings. A wicketkeeper scoring a century for the team is so special and memorable.
We have seen wicketkeeper-batsmen trying to escalate the scoreboard with spellbound batting. Now in this article, we will take a look at the list of six wicketkeepers who scored a century with a strike rate in excess of 200 in IPL.
1. Adam Gilchrist
Adam Gilchrist was one of the integral players of the Deccan Chargers (now-defunct). He guided the team to maiden IPL glory in the 2009 season. He was also a ferocious hitter of the ball. Gilly scored an unbeaten 109* off 47 balls against Mumbai Indians at a strike rate of 231.9 in 2008.
2. Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock is one of the top-tier attacking wicketkeeping-batsman in the current era. The South African scored a quickfire 108 off 51 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2016 and maintained a strike rate of 211.7.
3. Wriddhiman Saha
Wriddhiman Saha currently plays for Gujarat Titans in the sixteenth edition of the IPL. The wicketkeeper-batsman scored 115* off 55 against KKR in IPL 2014 final at a strike rate of 209.1. Sadly, he ended up on the losing side.
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4. Heinrich Klaasen
Heinrich Klaasen etched his name into record books after he became only the second-fastest SRH player to score a century in IPL. He achieved the feat against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2023 season where he maintained a strike rate of 203.9.
5. Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow comes fifth on the list in terms of scoring a century as a wicketkeeper-batsman in the IPL in terms of the strike rate. He scored 114 off 56 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2019 season.
6. Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant scored an incredible 128* off 63 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2018 season with a strike rate of 203.17.