Adam Gilchrist affirms his support for best wicketkeeper and its not MS Dhoni
Gilly admitted that it's a pretty bold statement, because there are a lot of fine wicketkeepers around.
Updated - Jun 24, 2018 4:42 pm
MS Dhoni has lightning fast hands and his prowess with the gloves behind the wickets have left everyone awestruck. He currently has 602 catches and 174 stumpings in international cricket, which is an incredible record. Last year, he also became the first wicketkeeper-batsman to notch over 100 stumpings in ODIs during a match versus Sri Lanka in Colombo.
The veteran is deemed to be the best in the business as even at 36 years, his skills have hardly diminished and is still a force to reckon with. However, former Australian cricketers and one of the best keepers himself Adam Gilchrist reckons that Sarah Taylor, the English women’s cricketer, is the best the keeper. He shared his opinion about Taylor on the social media a few days ago and he stood by what he said earlier.
“It’s a pretty bold statement”- Gilchrist on Taylor
“I tweeted, no longer than a week ago, that she is the best wicketkeeper in the world at the moment – male or female. She’s done some work over the years in the Big Bash in Australia and with social media now you can see these little snippets,” Gilchrist was quoted as saying by Test Match Special of the BBC.
Recently, Sarah displayed some exemplary glovework and inflicted an unfathomable leg-side stumping to get rid of South Africa women’s captain Dane van Niekerk in an ODI. Even in the women’s Ashes versus Australia, she put up a display of her brilliance.
“It’s a pretty bold statement, because there are a lot of fine wicketkeepers around – Alyssa Healy is another from the women’s game, just so skilful with soft hands effecting these leg-side stumpings,” the retired player mentioned while also praising the likes of Alyssa Healy, the Australian women’s keeper, for her sharp ability with the gloves.
“[They] spend so much time up to the stumps with a little less pace on the ball in the women’s game [and are] so skilful, I’ve seen a lot and a couple in the internationals over the last week or two have been brilliant pieces of work,” the Aussie added.