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    Best Wicket keeper ever

    Okay this is highly subjective. Who do you think is the best keeper based on what you have seen or heard? Statistics can help too but its far more subjective in the case of keepers.

    I am awful at judging the great keepers though I can identify easily the really inadequate ones.

    Still I would say Boucher has been the best I have seen. He is no where as good as Gilchrist Statistically. There are people who would swear by Healy. Others can o for an Engineer or Kirmani for Indians. English maybe Knott? Windies all know the answer I think.. very tough to decide though..
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    I think Jack Rusell knocks the socks off all those.. Particularly Boucher.. Rating a fairly good keeper so highly is one of the most ludicrous things I have heard...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Langeveldt
    Particularly Boucher.. Rating a fairly good keeper so highly is one of the most ludicrous things I have heard...
    Read the statement before that which I wrote. I am not particularly good at rating who the best keepers are. I have liked Richardson too but Boucher has been the one whose keeping I have enjoyed. Not too good and judging the abolute best keepers though.

    I do like Rasid Latif a lot too. The catch he took in 1996 in the quarter final was awesome. Also his stumpings are pretty fast..


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    And I am sure a lot of people would rate Healy higher than Jack Russell. And you havent even seen Farokh Engineer. So how can you say Russell is better than him or say Knott?

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    The best I ever saw was Russell (saw Knotty and Taylor but tehy were probably past their best by then..)...Healy would be close though
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    I'd say Jack Russell or Adam Parore from who i've seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pratyush
    Okay this is highly subjective. Who do you think is the best keeper based on what you have seen or heard? Statistics can help too but its far more subjective in the case of keepers.

    I am awful at judging the great keepers though I can identify easily the really inadequate ones.

    Still I would say Boucher has been the best I have seen. He is no where as good as Gilchrist Statistically. There are people who would swear by Healy. Others can o for an Engineer or Kirmani for Indians. English maybe Knott? Windies all know the answer I think.. very tough to decide though..
    You have seriously got to be having a laugh about Boucher.

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    In purely wicket-keeping terms the best I've seen is probably Jack Russell. Healy was first rate too, I imagine keeping to Warne must've be pretty damn hard at times.

    In retrospect tho, I think the greatest service Heals did for world cricket (or the non-Australian part anyway) is keeping Gilly outta the test team for so long! The guy's a phenomenon!

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    Healy did my favourite sledge of all time, I'll always like him for that, I found it very amusing. :d

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    from what i've seen, heard and read and from a purely wicket-keeping standpoint - knott, taylor, russell, healy, marsh, kirmani, bari....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pratyush

    I do like Rasid Latif a lot too. The catch he took in 1996 in the quarter final was awesome. Also his stumpings are pretty fast..
    yeah great catch that he also hit two great straight sixes in that match under high pressure

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    Dave Richardson and Ian Smith are my picks of times past. current I would have ito say it is Gilchrist.

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