|Rahul Dravid (WK)||58||54/10||1830||45.75||3/11||1.10|
|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.
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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