6 Instances where wicketkeepers from both teams scored 100s in an ODI

6 Instances where wicketkeepers from both teams scored 100s in an ODI

Wicketkeepers have a very large role to play in any form of cricket. But their utility in one-day cricket becomes much more importance since they play a role of virtual all-rounders in the team. Primarily, teams used to pick wicketkeepers for their keeping abilities, but Adam Gilchrist changed all that with his slam-bang batting. So the teams started looking for keepers with batting prowess and since then, every team has a keeper that bats as good as a proper batsman. Impressively, many keepers have had brilliant careers with lots of runs and match winning knocks under their belts and we bring to you 6 instances where keepers from both teams got a chance to shine, by scoring a century for their teams.

6. AB de Villiers 107 & Tatenda Taibu 107*
Zimbabwe v South Africa, Harare, 2007:

Tatenda Taibu
Tatenda Taibu. (© Getty Images)

The match was played at the Harare Sports Club in Zimbabwe in 2007. South Africa was up 2-0 in the 3-match series and this was the match where Zimbabwe was playing for pride. South Africa batted first and thanks to a good opening partnership and a 97 from Albie Morkel, South Africa reached 323/9. Their biggest contributor, however, was their wicketkeeper AB de Villiers who made 107 from 89 balls.

Zimbabwe began their chase in impressive fashion with openers Sibanda and Masakadza making 76 in 13 overs. Their whole innings revolved around the 107* by keeper Tatenda Taibu, who was supported by Brendan Taylor, who made 42. But at the end, Zimbabwe fell short by 28 runs and lost the series 3-0. AB de Villiers was named both the Man of the match and Man of the series.