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Sunday, April 30, 2006

A little less pressure

It's interesting that the top two one-day batsmen in the world, according to the latest ICC Ratings, are both wicketkeepers. I'm a huge fan of both Adam Gilchrist and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and I can't help wondering if their being wicketkeepers actually helps them maximise their batting potential. After all, they're already guaranteed a place in the side because their primary job is to keep wicket, and the pressure on them when they bat is less than that on specialist batsmen. Surely that relative lack of pressure helps?

On the other hand, they're both such special players anyway. Gilchrist has been one for a sustained period of time, and I'm waiting eagerly to see how Dhoni fares in the West Indies. He's more than just a subcontinent bully, I believe.
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