World Test 11: Throw Your Hat in the Ring Pt Seven

Dann KhanAnalyst IApril 9, 2009

LONDON - JULY 10:  South African wicketkeeper Mark Boucher finds himself on the floor during day one of the First Test match between England and South Africa at Lords on July 10, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Our journey to find the world test 11 has finally made us reach the stage of the last batsmen.

By popular vote the sixth spot of this line-up went to Sourav Ganguly.

In our world test 11 team, we have assigned this position to wicket keepers. These keepers may be batting in other spots in their own National teams but we decided to have the contenders bat at No.7 so that there was no chance of having two keepers in the line-up.

Keeping is a tough job and it's got tougher as the years have gone by. Earlier these glove men were just required to keep. But now it has become very essential for them to bat well too. So think of it, Keep for a long day's play the bat and contribute well!

You require a strong lad. So choose your option well.

Perhaps the greatest wicketkeeper batsmen of all time. Adam Gilchrist has done a marvelous job.

For the better part of his career he averaged over fifty runs an innings. This southpaw was technically pretty good too(unlike most keepers who have a technique of their own).

I really do not have to tell you about smashing skills but still, I will say that you won't find a better smasher compared to him. Being the only man to hit a hundred sixes in test cricket proves that.

And if I am not wrong he has also got a double century against the Proteas. Who can forget his hundred in Ashes 2007, when he almost became the man to have the fastest century in tests. 

His keeping was also very good and that is proved by the fact that he has over 400 dismissals as a keeper.

The fella also didn't care for stats very much and nor reputation. That is proved by his run a ball 80 odd in his only second test.

He also walked when he was out. So he even was someone who respects the spirit of cricket.

So Gilly gives you a very consistent batsman who doesn't get very affected by his keeping duty

One of the most special things about him though is the fact that he opened in one dayers and played No. 7 in tests. So that tells you enough about his adaptability skills. 

The man gave Australia a proper extra batsmen and he can definitely give it to this team as well. Ave-47.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Indian skipper is also a very strong contender for this spot.

Initially not a great keeper, this man has shown tremendous improvement and is now one of the best in the business.

In the last year or so, he has also become a very consistent batsmen and his average is creeping up to the 40 mark.

This man is also a smasher but of late we have seen many responsible knocks from him as well. This shows his maturity as a player and his adaptability to a new situation.

He is also a very good batsmen with the tail and a very fast runner between the wickets. So if he is there he will ensure that his team is pulled out of trouble and also ensure the score board is ticking.

He has scored blistering 148 against Pakistan. Though no other century, he a matchwinning scored 90 odd and a 50 odd against the Aussies when they came to India. He has also been promoted once or twice to the one down position and done well. So he can always be pushed up so that even the run rate pushes up.

So this man is a potential captain for the line up and also a consistent and a responsible batsmen down the order. He may be a smart pick. Ave-37 and improving.

The next man is the brilliant keeper Mark Boucher.

He has often played some brilliant innings down the order and saved South Africa from embarrassing situations. You can count on him to be a bludgeon of the ball too.

As a keeper he holds the record for the highest number of dismissals.

There is no one knock towards which you can point of his. He is an asset who has not been credit for so many of his knocks. Sometimes bludgeoning and sometimes defending.

But I personally would like to hail this man for the selfless job he has done for his country for so many years. Ave-30 but stats don't tell his story.

Mr. Brad Haddin has spent many years has been a understudy of Gillchrist, but now once he has finally got his chance, is proving his metal.

Though he initially did not live up to even half of Gilly, but now has proved that he can play a simialr role. Maybe a little bit more defensive, but definitely on the aggressive side overall.

He keeping also started as being patchy, but that as well has become impeccable.

A balance altering hundred against the Kiwis last year and then some very fine contributions against SA, have shown us how good he is.

Also the fact that he now seems to be settling in as a ODI opener like Gillchirst, tells you his keenness to play for the country and also his adaptability. Ave-39 and rising.

The last choice would  be Matt Prior. He started of with a century against the West Indies at Lord's on debut. He then went through a rough patch an seemed like one of the other English keepers with a short career. Though he came back with a bang and cemented his place.

His keeping has come under a lot of scrutiny but he seems keen on impoving on that too.

He recently had a very good tour to the Caribbean. So what if the runs came on flat tracks. Runs are runs.

As a batsmen he is pretty good, with an good average and a decent strike rate. He has not been put under testing conditions many times but he did score a fifty in Sri Lanka when many other batsmen were failing. Ave-44 and stable.

My Pick: Gillchrist or Dhoni. With Gillchrist definitely ahead. Dhoni, because he can be the captain as well.

So this is the list. Choose the best. KEEP VOTING.


There has been a complain by some fans that the polling shows a clear bias towards India. So I would request the already intelligent readers to choose the best player and not the best Indian player.


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