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Golden Age of Asian WKBs

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Anyone disagree that we're going through the golden age for asian keeper batsmen? 

 

Rishabh pant is already the most impactful test keeper we've had. He still needs to prove himself in LOIs but I think it's only a matter of time given his young age and immense talent

 

Rizwan is easily Pakistan's best ever wkb in any format. In fact he might be their best LOI batsman right now. His glovework is also elite and adds a lot of energy behind the stumps as well 

 

Liton Das is going through a purple patch in test batting in last 15 months. Averages about 60 since last year. Don't know how good he's behind the stumps though 

 

3 major test teams in asia have a wicket keeper in their top 3 batsmen. Surely this never happened before. Can we say this is the legacy of sanga and to a lesser extent, dhoni?

 

 

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14 minutes ago, Serpico said:

Anyone disagree that we're going through the golden age for asian keeper batsmen? 

 

Rishabh pant is already the most impactful test keeper we've had. He still needs to prove himself in LOIs but I think it's only a matter of time given his young age and immense talent

 

Rizwan is easily Pakistan's best ever wkb in any format. In fact he might be their best LOI batsman right now. His glovework is also elite and adds a lot of energy behind the stumps as well 

 

Liton Das is going through a purple patch in test batting in last 15 months. Averages about 60 since last year. Don't know how good he's behind the stumps though 

 

3 major test teams in asia have a wicket keeper in their top 3 batsmen. Surely this never happened before. Can we say this is the legacy of sanga and to a lesser extent, dhoni?

 

 

Sanga was not really seen as a keeper in tests; he gave up the gloves roughly mid-way or earlier in his career, and only flourished after giving them up. Of course, he did keep in many LOIs. I don't think it is specifically the influence of MSD or Sanga, but is rather the reflection of the broader trend that a keeper must avg >35 to be selected in the team.

 

We have seen such keepers in many countries: Q. de Kock, Watling, Prior, Bairstow (37 avg as designated keeper), chandimal, etc. I'd say that this trend was started by Andy Flower and Gilly in modern era (there were rare exceptions earlier like Les AMes).

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1 hour ago, Sean Bradley said:

Dhoni & Sanga played in the same era, Dhoni is an ATG ODI WKB & Sanga is One of the ATG Test WKB, Pant is not better than Sanga (atleast yet), Neither is Rizwan better than Dhoni. So no, this not a Golden Age for Asian WKBs. 

Sanga had a relatively ordinary batting record when he kept, and his keeping wasn't that good either. when he gave up gloves, avg shot up from 40+ to around 60.

 

although sanga kept in ODIs regularly, he should not be seen as "true" keeper in tests since P. Jayawardene did the job for a good fraction of time

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On 1/17/2022 at 4:03 PM, First class said:

Otherwise the golden age of WK was 70s and 80s when many ATG WKs were active . Bari, Marsh, Murray, Knott ( and Taylor ), Kirmani

in terms of pure keeping, most of them were top-notch. however, only dujon and knott were capable batters on a consistent basis, followed by kirmani and marsh.

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