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The Quest Continues

The Quest Continues

1994: Nayan Mongia

  • First ODI: Feb 15, 1994

  • Last ODI: Jun 3, 2000
The best keeper in ‘contention’, but off the selectorial radar screen: it isn't cricket, from the looks of it

1997: Saba Karim

  • First ODI: Jan 23, 1997

  • Last ODI: May 30, 2000
Unlucky in that he was virtually ignored when he was playing at his best; came in when his abilities were already waning

1998: M.S.K. Prasad

  • First ODI: May 14, 1998

  • Last ODI: Nov 17, 1999
Dazzled briefly in domestic cricket, but couldn't step up the pace when tried out in Australia in 1999/00

2000: Sameer Dighe

  • First ODI: Jan 10 , 2000

  • Last ODI: Aug 5, 2001
If he's a Test stumper, Mongia is the Queen of Sheba, said avid cricket writer R. Mohan

2000: Vijay Dahiya

  • First ODI: Oct 3, 2000

  • Last ODI: Apr 6, 2001
Good enough to captain the strong Delhi side, but not much better than that

2001: Deep Dasgupta

  • First ODI: Oct 6, 2001

  • Last ODI: Oct 19, 2001
As a batsman who can keep, why bother when you have Dravid? What we need is a WICKETKEEPER, for God's sake!

2002: Ajay Ratra

  • First ODI: Jan 19, 2002

  • Last ODI: Jul 9, 2002
Has genuine keeping credentials and a Test century, but isn't that much better than the alternatives to make selection a shoo-in.

2003-04: Parthiv Patel

  • First ODI: Jan 4, 2003

  • Last ODI: Jan 24, 2004
Is suffering from having been exposed too soon. Is good, but not Tendulkar/Wonderboy Mark II.
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