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Dravid Is Goliath

Dravid Is Goliath
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ODIs

ODIs

Keeper Matches Catches/St. Runs Avg. 100s/50s Dismissals/match
Adam Gilchrist 187 274/39 6346 36.26 10/37 1.67
Ajay Ratra 12 11/5 90 12.85 0/0 1.33
Vijay Dahiya 19 19/5 216 16.61 0/1 1.26
MSK Prasad 17 14/7 131 14.55 0/1 1.24
Rahul Dravid (WK) 58 54/10 1830 45.75 3/11 1.10
Nayan Mongia 140 110/44 1272 20.19 0/2 1.10
Parthiv Patel 12 10/3 113 14.12 0/0 1.08
Sameer Dighe 23 19/5 256 23.27 0/1 1.04
Saba Karim 34 27/3 362 15.73 0/1 0.88
Deep Dasgupta 5 2/1 51 17.00 0/0 0.60
Maybe there is a sound reason for that insistence in playing Rahul Dravid as a wicketkeeper after all. It's easy to attack his glove-work. But in nearly 60 ODIs he's averaged a better rate of dismissals per game than supposedly superior keepers do.
And consider his batting average: A massive 30 runs beyond most Indian rivals. There is a strong case for arguing that the gains from his batting far outweigh any deficiencies in keeping, especially given the poor quality of his domestic competition. For confirmation, just look at how they stack up against the current state-of-the-art in international keeping, a certain Adam Gilchrist. At least Dravid is not utterly humbled by the comparison.

Tests

Keeper Matches Catches St. Runs HS Bating Average Dismissals/match
Vijay Dahiya 2 6 0 2 2* 2.00 3.00
M.S.K. Prasad 6 15 0 106 19 11.77 2.50
Nayan Mongia 44 99 8 1442 152 24.03 2.43
Sameer Dighe 6 12 2 141 47 15.66 2.33
Ajay Ratra 6 11 2 163 115* 18.11 2.17
Parthiv Patel 13 22 6 382 62 27.28 2.15
Deep Dasgupta 8 13 0 344 100 28.66 1.63
Saba Karim 1 0 1 15 15 15.00 1.00

No one barring Mongia has consistently kept to Test standards. And though Syed Kirmani and Kiran More, with 198 and 130 dismissals respectively (and better batting records than the contenders above) are both selectors, their expertise hasn't helped anyone grow into a good keeper. Nor is it unearthing any new talent.                                                   * Not out

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