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Thread: Gilly, Dhoni or AB?

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    Gilly, Dhoni or AB?

    If you were picking a keeper for an all-time ODI side and you could only pick one of the three listed, who would you pick and why? Note: you can't pick any of them as specialist batsmen.

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    The skills of each are insane. But different.

    Whichever you choose, it's a massive bonus to have your keeper be a legit top 6 bat, because it just makes balancing a side that has to have 5 bowlers so much easier.

    At present I'd have both Dhoni and AB in my ATG middle order. Dhoni takes the gloves and I'd utilise AB's outstanding fielding.

    Can mount a pretty decent argument for having all of them in an ATG side tbh.

    For mine, still Dhoni just, because of the balance he brings, and the fact that he always keeps, while I suspect AB won't keep much with deKock in the team as well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuller Pilch View Post
    If you were picking a keeper for an all-time ODI side and you could only pick one of the three listed, who would you pick and why? Note: you can't pick any of them as specialist batsmen.
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    Seriously though I'd tend to lean towards Gilchrist because I think there's better lower middle lower middle order alternatives than there are opening alternatives, particularly given I'm inclined to pick five frontline bowlers in any ODI side. Dhoni was/is a better ODI player though.


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    Gilchrist.
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    1. J.B Hobbs 2. H. Sutcliffe 3. D.G Bradman 4. S.R Tendulkar 5. W.R Hammond 6. G.S Sobers 7. A.C Gilchrist 8. M.J Procter 9. M.D Marshall 10. S.K Warne 11. G.D McGrath

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    I voted AB, Gilchrist was great if he came off but AB comes off all the time.

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    I think Gilchrist wouldn't get in to my team on batting alone, due to that I wouldn't pick him. AB vs. Dhoni is a difficult one, I think I need a year or two more of AB before I put him over Dhoni.

    So Dhoni for now, but it's a strange exercise because I think Dhoni is the worst keeper of the lot. Would happily tinker any ATG XI to include any one of these three. They're all gun.
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    Team balance comes into it too. I'd say Gilchrist for the Aussie side he played in because what you lose in batting (if you got him cheap, you got him cheap in a hurry at least, which is useful in game planning), you gain in nicks taken over a lesser keeper like Dhoni or DeVilliers if you have blokes like McG, Gillespie, etc. who bowl for that. A different bowling unit might make you change your mind. Plus I think most of the damage done in your average LOI is in the first 15 and is a large reason why the Aussies won so much LOI cricket with him in the side. It's all very close, though, because all 3 are great at what they do, are amongst the first picked on the team sheet and have won an awful lot of of OD matches for their sides sometimes off their own bats.

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    I'd pick Gilchrist on the basis he's easily the best keeper of the 3 and I'd only have Tendulkar ahead of him as an opener. I wouldn't even consider ABdV as a keeper to be honest.
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    Tough choice. AB or Gilly definitley. Dhoni is good, especially in subcontinent, but not up with those two.

    I'd have to go with Gilly just because he's the best gloveman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Seriously though I'd tend to lean towards Gilchrist because I think there's better lower middle lower middle order alternatives than there are opening alternatives, particularly given I'm inclined to pick five frontline bowlers in any ODI side. Dhoni was/is a better ODI player though.
    been awhile since I've done it but last time i went with MSD for the opposite reason. Picked Jayasuriya as opener. I guess I wasn't picking 5 frontline bowlers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey View Post
    been awhile since I've done it but last time i went with MSD for the opposite reason. Picked Jayasuriya as opener. I guess I wasn't picking 5 frontline bowlers
    Ftr I was so disappointed when I found out that just because Jayasuriya scored two awesome tons at the SCG against Aus, he didnt have an amazing record against aus

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    AB's keeping is being way over rated here. Has he ever kept to a decent spinner?
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    It's a one day international, the keeper takes about 15 balls for the day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G.I.Joe View Post
    AB's keeping is being way over rated here. Has he ever kept to a decent spinner?
    Pfft.

    Dun matter whether he has or hasn't, everyone knows the **** would be amazing at it.

    Could probably keep to Warne, Murali and Bedi all bowling at once and take them all cleanly.

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