Wednesday, May 12, 2010
South Africa's next wicketkeeper
To start with, South Africa have been lucky that Boucher has been very good for them for more than a decade. He has scored over 5000 test runs and has effected 494 dismissals. Anyone would be proud of such a record, but he isn't getting any younger and sooner rather than later has to retire. So, the question would be, who can replace Boucher? Here are few of the candidates, who seem to be promising.
Kuhn- The 25 year old Kuhn plays for the Titans team. He indeed has a impressive FC record as he averages 44.73 and is rated highly by many Saffer fans. His list A record or his T/20 record isn't great which is surprising as he is said to be a attacking batsman. Kuhn is said to be the favourite to replace Boucher and has already played a T/20 match for South Africa.
Vilas- Vilas who plays for the Lions team also has a very good FC record as he averages 43.34. His list A and T/20 records too are good and in fact it is better than Kuhn. 2009/10 wasn't a good season for him as he only played a couple of games and the former South African keeper Tsolikele is the number one keeper of the Lions side now.
Smit- I have seen a few Saffer fans saying that in first class cricket Smit is the best wicketkeeper, but his FC record isn't as good as Kuhn. It has to be said that these days selectors generally look for a wicketkeeper, who can be a good batsman and Smit may sadly miss out.
Mosehle- The young Mosehle is rated highly by Jennings, but he is just 20 though, we may hear more about him in the future.
Bradley Barnes- The 21 year old is again rated highly by Jennings especially, as a wicketkeeper. Everyone who saw him were said to be impressed by his ability to stand up to the stumps during the under 19 world cup in 2008.
Tsolekile- I have already mentioned Tsolekie. He played for SA when he was very young and his technique as a batsman was exposed. His keeping too wasn't great, but has found some form in the 2009/10 season as he averaged nearly 60 for the Lions side.
Other candidates include Van Wyk, but he is over 30 now and of course there is Ab De Villiers too, but as we saw from the recently concluded test match against India that he may not be a good choice. He was just about adequate as a keeper against England in his debut series in 2004/05, but I doubt whether he has donned the role of being the wicketkeeper too many times since that series against England. It would be better if AB concentrates on his batting and not think about keeping wickets for SA.
It is up-to one of the above mentioned players or maybe someone else to take up the mantle of being the wicketkeeper for South Africa in the future.