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    Best keeper in the world today?

    Who is the best man behind the stumps (ignoring the batting side of the equation)?
    I don't have much of an idea about this. Gilchrist has a fantastic dismissal rate but that isn't necessarily decisive. I suppose Boucher and Sangakarra are two other candidates.
    Does anyone who follows this aspect of the game care to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the various keepers? How do they compare as keepers against the greats of the past?

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    ^i take it by 'in the world today' meant still playing.

    Chris Read,though i think the 'best keeper' argument is one of the hardest in sport as keepers are are more remembered for their drops than takes,.

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    Gilchrist, as far as I am concerned. Though Akmal has a lot of potential, as does Ramdin, and Taibu is good as well.

    Gilchrist is the only keeper in the world to be consistently quality against both seamers and a world class spinner, though his keeping is not quite as good as it was, he does a superb job against Warne. Sangakkara used to be quite poor but has come a long way, while Boucher has declined severely in my mind. McCullum and Geraint are nothing special, and I've never seen Dhoni keep.
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    I think a wicket-keeper should be judged on their batting as well as theri keeping if they are to be judged. Akmal all the way at the moment!
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    Adam Gilchrist
    Kumar Sangakarra
    Brendon Mcullum
    Mark Boucher
    Kamran Akmal (looking very promising)

    the rest ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natman20
    Adam Gilchrist
    Kumar Sangakarra
    Brendon Mcullum
    Mark Boucher
    Kamran Akmal (looking very promising)

    the rest ...
    Amuses me how you can rate McCullum and disregard Taibu and Ramdin.

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    Well definetly Gilchrist at the moment, although Akmal has the potential, i would seriously want to see him score runs outside the sub-continent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Pickup
    Amuses me how you can rate McCullum and disregard Taibu and Ramdin.

    Oh wait...
    I havnt seen much of Ramdin and I would probably rate Taibu and Akmal the same

    EDIT: I guess with the zimbabwe bowlers bowling all over the place you need a good keeper
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    I don't think any one is standing out head and shoulders above the rest. I have never rated Gilchrist as a keeper, although he does do a good job keeping to Warne.

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    Gotta be Gilly. Had a bit of a mare against us this summer (bat & gloves), but he'd been pretty incredible up til then. There might conceivably be better glove men about (although none amazingly so), but his batting means he's streets ahead of the oppo. Sangakarra is the only other keeper whose batting is even in the same ballpark, but Gilchrist's keeping is superior by some little way. Akmal looks the coming man, but seems more of a first slip with gloves rather than a true keeper. I heard one of the commentators today say he only started keeping when his batting hadn't got him selected for Pakistan U-16s; until then he was a specialist batter.

    FWIW, of the keepers that I've seen a bit of Chris Read is probably the best glove man about.
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    I thought we were talking about keepers not WK/batsmen
    good keepers(in no particular order):Gilchrist
    Akhmal(could do with some more practise)
    Taibu(is god)
    Mccullum(could do with some more practise)
    Sangakarra
    Boucher
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    Quote Originally Posted by FaaipDeOiad
    Gilchrist, as far as I am concerned. Though Akmal has a lot of potential, as does Ramdin, and Taibu is good as well.

    Gilchrist is the only keeper in the world to be consistently quality against both seamers and a world class spinner, though his keeping is not quite as good as it was, he does a superb job against Warne. Sangakkara used to be quite poor but has come a long way, while Boucher has declined severely in my mind. McCullum and Geraint are nothing special, and I've never seen Dhoni keep.
    Rubbish .....Sangakkara and McCullum are both better glovemen that Gilchrist these days. IMO Gilchrist has become very sloppy behind the stumps. Obviously he is a special batsmen though. But Keeping alone, I don't rate him much these days

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    McCullum is only 23 though...I reckon in a few years, he'll be pretty good with the gloves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim
    McCullum is only 23 though...I reckon in a few years, he'll be pretty good with the gloves.
    and correct me if i'm wrong, but i don't thinks he's been keeping that long has he??

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