Adam Gilchrist Chooses Best Wicketkeeper-Batsman In The World
Former Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist, who was not only best with the gloves but was also the swashbuckling batsman, has named the best wicketkeeper-batsman in the world at the current moment.
Adam Gilchrist was the strength of middle-order for Australia team back in the 90s. He was the danger for the bowlers; once he sets on the pitch, it was the tough task to send him back to Pavillion. Gilchrist was also best his glovework who was always alert behind the wickets to dismiss the batsman.
He feels New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling is the best keeper-batsman at the moment. Former Australian cricketer is impressed with the New Zealanders batting figures. He believes that Watling has not only good glovework but also is a capable batsman.
“BJ Watling, best keeper-batsman in the world at the moment. Particularly in this format (Test). He just looks so hungry. He’s the most successful statistically for New Zealand, ever and they have had a line of some terrific wicketkeepers,” Adam Gilchrist told cricket.com.au.
Show me another certainly statistically better keeper-batsman in the world that’s done it for a consistent amount of time – Adam Gilchrist
Gilchrist counts the centuries of BJ Watling has in the Test format. The 34-year old has played 65 Test matches and scored 3539 runs which include eight centuries and 18 Half-centuries.
“He’s fresh off a doubleton. I think he’s scored 8 or 9 Test hundreds and averages 40. So, show me another certainly statistically better keeper-batsman in the world that’s done it for a consistent amount of time. I am not sure there is,” he added.
However, Gilchrist’s reply was surprising as he left Indian wicketkeeper Wridhiman Saha, Quinton de Kock and Tim Paine. He further said that Tim Paine as a keeper, has set himself but as a batsman, he has to do more. According to him, other wicketkeepers don’t come under his criteria of being best.
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