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February 27, 2000
When he caught Mark Boucher off the bowling of Murali Kartik in the South African first innings in the first Test at Mumbai, Nayan Mongia became third Indian and 22nd wicketkeeper in Test history to complete 100 dismissals in a Test career. With this Mongia also completed the coveted double of 1000 runs and 100 dismissals, thus becoming the 20th 'keeper to achieve this milestone. Incidentally, only two keepers among the 22, Australia's Wally Grout and South Africa's Mark Boucher, have failed to complete a double.
On top of the list stands Australia's Ian Healy having made 395 dismissals (366 ct, 29 st) in his 119 Tests besides scoring 4356 runs. Next in line is another great Australian, Rodney Marsh, whose 96 Tests fetched him 3633 runs and 355 victims (343 ct,12 st).
The roster of 'keepers with at least 100 dismissals includes six Englishmen, four Australians, three Indians, three South Africans, two West Indians, two New Zealanders and two Pakistanis.
Apart from Mongia, two other Indian keepers have not only achieved 100 dismissals but also accomplished the double. Syed Kirmani with 198 dismissals (160 ct, 38 st) in 88 Tests holds the national record and stands seventh on the list of wicket-keepers with most victims in all Tests. Later, Kiran More claimed 130 dismissals (110 ct, 20 st) in his career of 49 Tests. Kirmani scored 2759 runs and More 1285.
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