Wicketkeepers play Musical chairs
A peculiar phenomena that is taking place in
international cricket is the 'musical chairs' that
wicketkeepers all over the world are being made to
Over the last one year, as many as seven nations
have undergone changes in the keeping department,
employing 20 players in all .
Mahendra Dhoni, India's latest stumper, in
action during the recent one-day series against
The full details are as follows:
Parthiv Patel (Ind) : The out-of-form
Parthiv Patel, who had a horrendous experience
behind the stumps where he muffed several catches
and stumping opportunities as well as conceded byes
, was dropped on the eve of the Mumbai Test against
Australia in the 2004-05 season.
Dinesh Kaarthick (Ind) : Patel was replaced
by upcoming Dinesh Kaarthick, who has appeared in
five Tests so far. Unlike Patel, he was not very
successful with the bat. Kaarthick scored 97 runs
and affected 19 dismissals from his five Tests.
Rahul Dravid (Ind): Seasoned campaigner
Rahul Dravid continued his job behind the stumps in
the shorter version of the game, keeping wickets in
the one-dayers. He last stood behind the stumps in
the one-off game against Pakistan at Kolkata.
Mahendra Dhoni (Ind): The Indian selectors
tested the skills and ability of newcomer Mahendra
Dhoni against a weak opponent like Bangladesh. It
provided Dravid a rest from his wicketkeeping
duties and allowed him to concentrate on batting .
Rashid Latif (Pak): Veteran Rashid Latif had
a controversial relationship with the authorities
over his allegations of match-fixing, something
that has haunted Pakistan cricket from time to time
. After playing in his last one-dayer against South
Africa at Rawalpindi in 2002-03, he was sidelined
from the team .
Moin Khan (Pak) : Yet another senior player
from Pakistan was found wanting both behind the
stumps and also in the batting department . He
appeared in his last test against Sri Lanka at
Faisalabad and the last ODI against the same nation
at Lahore . He has not found support from the
national selectors since.
Kamran Akmal (Pak) : In business for the
last couple of seasons, he has played ten Tests so
far, taking 28 catches and affecting seven
stumpings. He also did duty as wicketkeeper in 13
ODIs and held ten catches.
Younis Khan (Pak) : The middle-order batsman
kept wickets in two one-dayers in the Paktel Cup in
October 2004. He could only take a single catch and
was removed from duties thereafter.
Mark Boucher (SA ) : In a surprise move ,
the South African selectors dropped him after 76
successive tests matches from the squad that toured
India. He missed five Tests and was then recalled
for the all-important fourth and penultimate Test
Thami Tsolekile (SA) : The 24 year-old Thami
Tsolekile from Western Province was a surprise
choice for the tour of India. In three Tests
against India and England, he could score only 47
runs and hold six catches before being sidelined.
Abraham de Villiers (SA): The 20 - year -
old has played four Tests so far, two of them as
keeper. He did a splendid job behind the stumps
with ten dismissals - nine catches and a stumping.
However, Boucher replaced him in the squad for the
fourth Test against England.
Romesh Kaluwitharana (SL) : The
wicketkeeper-opening batsman, who played such a
decisive role in his country's stunning victory in
the 1996 World Cup , kept in 48 out of his 49 tests
and 186 out of 189 ODIs . He accounted for 119
dismissals behind the stumps in tests and 206 in
ODI before calling it a day last year.
Kumar Sangakkara (SL) : His batting
abilities helped him cement his place in both forms
of cricket. He has taken 92 catches and affected 14
stumpings from 31 Tests so far. He has also been
prolific with the bat and averages 41.51 in Tests
and 37.27 in ODIs.
Ridley Jacobs (WI) : The 37 year-old
wicketkeeper-batsman played his last international
match in the English summer of 2004. He accounted
for 219 dismissals from 65 Tests and affected 189
dismissals from 147 ODIs. He also hit three tons in
Tests and nine fifties in ODIs.
Carlton Baugh (WI) : He replaced Ridley
Jacobs during the Test series in England in 2004 .
In four tests as keeper, he had a poor haul of four
catches and a stumping. He claimed only two catches
from six ODIs.
Courtney Browne (WI) : The 34 -year -old was
recalled after a long gap of three years during the
English summer of 2004 . He played in four one-day
Chris Read (Eng) : He played his last
international match in the Caribbean in May 2004.
He appeared for his country in 11 Tests and 28 ODIs
with limited success behind the stumps . He was
sidelined in the English season of 2004 .
Geraint Jones (Eng) : The 28-year - old was
inducted into the team during the fourth test
against West Indies in April , 2004 . He has played
in 11 Tests so far and affected 40 dismissals . On
the other hand, he has taken 25 catches from 16
Robbie Hart (NZ) : The 30 year-old played
his last Test match in the 2003-04 season . He
enjoyed limited success from eleven Tests and two
one-day internationals. He had 30 dismissals to his
credit in Tests and a solitary catch in ODIs.
Brendon Mc Cullum (NZ): The young
wicketkeeper has done duty in 50 out of 57 ODIs and
ten Tests in all. He affected 26 dismissals in
Tests and 78 in ODIs. He is a permanent member of
the New Zealand squad. For now, that is!