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    Best 5 Wicketkeeper Batsman Of Modern Era

    here we make a list without considering their wicketkeeping abilities, just purely as batsman...(since 1990)

    1) Adam Gilchrist
    2) Andy Flower
    3) Kumara Sangakara
    4) Alec Stewart
    5) Mahendra Singh Dhoni

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    Prior above Dhoni, clearly.

    Depends how broadly one wants to define it tho; if we ignore keeping Dravid has kept in ODIs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Prior above Dhoni, clearly.

    Depends how broadly one wants to define it tho; if we ignore keeping Dravid has kept in ODIs.
    let's make it test performances and keep dravid out of this...otherwise, in best openers of modern era india, he might also come in...

    that 5th was the most difficult for me...dhoni, prior, boucher, moin khan...many names...

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    Boucher has been a ****loads better keeper batsman at test level than Dhoni, Prior et al. Had a stellar career. If Dhoni and Stewart are considered, Healy should be too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Boucher has been a ****loads better keeper batsman at test level than Dhoni, Prior et al. Had a stellar career. If Dhoni and Stewart are considered, Healy should be too.
    yes, fair enough
    Boucher can come ahead of Dhoni if only test performances are taken into account...

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    I'd have Prior ahead of Boucher even at this stage. Has more test tons already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    I'd have Prior ahead of Boucher even at this stage. Has more test tons already.
    Yeah AWTA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    I'd have Prior ahead of Boucher even at this stage. Has more test tons already.
    Yeah, but Boucher has been consistently a better keeper over a long period.

    I gather we're considering the whole package here, not just their batting. Hence why Healy should be in the argument. He was a handy batsman, but arguably the best keeper of any of them.

    Likewise, I don't know when the "modern" era is meant to start, but PJ Dujon is worth a shout too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Yeah, but Boucher has been consistently a better keeper over a long period.

    I gather we're considering the whole package here, not just their batting.
    Nah the OP says to only consider batting:

    here we make a list without considering their wicketkeeping abilities, just purely as batsman
    Otherwise I'd definitely agree that Boucher > Prior.

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    Yes, well I probably should have read it then

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    I wonder if you could use Ponting here as he has kept for the aussies a couple of times
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    Quote Originally Posted by JBMAC View Post
    I wonder if you could use Ponting here as he has kept for the aussies a couple of times
    Haha. Or Boonie in the 92 World Cup.

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    Only keeping skills: Ian Healy, Rashid Latif, Adam Gilchrist, Jack Russell, Mark Boucher
    Only batting skills: Kumar Sangakkara, Adam Gilchrist, Andy Flower, Alec Stewart, Matt Prior
    Batting skills while a keeper: Adam Gilchrist, Andy Flower, Kumar Sangakkara, Alec Stewart, Matt Prior

    Overall, as wicketkeeper-batsmen: Adam Gilchrist, Kumar Sangakkara, Andy Flower, Ian Healy, Mark Boucher
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    am i the only one who keeps putting flower a little ahead of gilchrist? maybe I just love it when guys score a ****load of runs in absolutely lost causes

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    I think Flower was a better batsman than Gilchrist by a not insignificant margin but he was arguably the most over-rated gloveman of all time IMO. He kept wicket because Zimbabwe's batting lineup was too brittle to accommodate a specialist keeper - they wanted to create a genuine strength with a long batting lineup and bowling allrounders way down the list and Flower taking the gloves allowed that. He was barely above serviceable as a genuine keeper though.

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