Former legendary Australian wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist feels that English women’s wicket-keeper Sarah Taylor is the best wicket keeper in the world irrespective whether it men’s or women’s cricket. Gilchrist was arguably the best wicket-keeper of his generation. He is of the opinion that the wicketkeepers in Women’s cricket have become highly skilful because they have to stand up to the stumps virtually all the time.
Gilchrist was part of an interview session on the BBC Radio 5 show Test match Special. It was during the 4th ODI between England and Australia at Chester-le-Street. “I tweeted, no longer than a week ago, that she is the best wicketkeeper in the world at the moment – male or female,” Gilchrist said during the show.
“She’s done some work over the years in the Big Bash in Australia and with social media now you can see these little snippets,” he further added. He went on to hail Alysa Healy who has done some exceptional glovework.
“It’s a pretty bold statement because there are a lot of fine wicketkeepers around – Alyssa Healy is another from the women’s game, just so skilful with soft hands affecting these leg-side stumpings,” Gilchrist opined.
“They spend so much time up to the stumps with a little less pace on the ball in the women’s game and are so skilful, I’ve seen a lot and a couple in the internationals over the last week or two have been brilliant pieces of work.”
Taylor is one of the most recognisable faces in women’s cricket
The 29-year-old Sarah Taylor is one of the most important faces in women’s cricket. She was part of the English squad during their triumphant World Cup campaign last year. She has so far played 9 Tests, 116 ODI’s and 87 T20I’s for the England women’s cricket in her career so far. Meanwhile, Gilchrist has been part of the World Cup winning Australia team 3 times on a trot.