He started his career as an opening batsman-wicketkeeper against England in 1948 but gave up the gloves to stand in the slips after the series against Australia in 1951-52. A big man, wicketkeeping apparently took its toll on him, and after showing promise with the bat, he became one of the finest West Indies batsmen of all time; but he was undoubtedly also a reliable wicketkeeper.
Arguably the best all-round wicketkeeper produced by West Indies. As a batsman, he was useful at the first-class level. As a keeper, however, he was among the best at the highest level. Like all West Indies keepers, Hendriks was great against pace. Unlike most of them, however, he was also great with spin. In 20 Test matches he took 42 catches and made five stumpings.
Murray was a sound and solid wicketkeeper, who in his first Test series at age 20 held the world record of 24 dismissals - 22 catches and two stumpings. A quiet man, he was far from flashy, doing his job without fuss. As a batsman he also batted up the order at times, but without much success. Apart from his partnership with Andy Roberts that rescued West Indies against Pakistan at the first World Cup in 1975, his best effort with the bat came in Bombay in 1974-75, when he scored 91 in a match-winning partnership of 250 with Clive Lloyd. In 62 Test matches Murray took 181 catches and made eight stumpings.
A stylish, top-order batsman in first-class cricket who became a wicketkeeper. A brilliant, acrobatic catcher of the ball, he leapt high and flew far on either side to take some fantastic catches. Nothing from the fast bowlers, it seemed, was too high or too wide for him to catch. Like Murray before him, he was, probably even more so, the ideal wicketkeeper for West Indies' fearsome battery of fast bowlers. In 81 Test matches, and on top of his fine batting performances, Dujon took 267 catches and made five stumpings.
Former sports editor of the Jamaica Gleaner and the Daily News, Tony Becca has covered West Indies cricket for 30 years