Originally Posted by Noble One
I agree. Who else in the team understands better how well a bowler is performing than the keeper? Or pick up on a technical weakness in the game of a batsman? Or get a batsman's eye view of the fielding set-up.
Problem is each team only contains 1 wicket keeper. Big ask for that 1 player to also be motivational, tactical, respected and have the nous to be a captain. Many keepers are quite happy to focus on their own game, remaining in their own private zone for each and every ball.
Little suprise batsman end up as captains. They have so little to do whilst out in the field.
First slip perhaps? Having a captain in the slips is fantastic, he obviously doesn't need to focus quite so much as the keeper does each ball and has almost the same view as the man with the gloves.
Now that bowlers don't seem to stand in the slips so much because you need someone to replace them when they are bowling this could be as big of a factor as batsmen vs bowler.