Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Tait- these are some of the bowlers for whom legendary wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist had kept during his illustrious career. From Warne’s huge turns to Tait’s express pace, Gilchrist’s career was full of challenges when it comes to wicketkeeping.
However, the former Australia international did exceptionally well behind the stumps and is arguably the greatest wicketkeeper of all time.
But surprisingly, Gilchrist did not find keeping to these bowlers much challenging and has revealed that the most challenging bowler he ever kept to was Michael Bevan. One of the finest ODI players of all time, Bevan is known for his finishing skills and bowled part-time left-arm leg-spin. And while his batting looked like a piece of art, his bowling looked a bit opposite of it which according to Gilchrist, gave him a hard time behind the stumps.
The duo played 175 ODIs together and combined as wicketkeeper and bowler on only 45 occasions but that was enough for Gilchrist to find how tough it was to keep wicket to Bevan.
“Bevo’s not renowned for his bowling,” Gilchrist told The Unplayable Podcast.
“Obviously his batting, he was so masterful in that, but he did contribute with some handy wickets at times. The left-arm leggie, fast action, very difficult to pick out of the hand. That’s why it was so challenging. “
“And Bevo will concede himself he didn’t have the greatest control so whilst he could land it right on a sixpence he could also throw them far and wide too, so it was always a challenge,” he added.
Bevan, who retired after helping Australia to win two World Cups, picked up 36 wickets in 232 ODIs. More known for his exploits with the bat, he finished his career with 6912 ODI runs at an outstanding average of 53.58.
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