While Adam Gilchrist has changed the job description of a wicketkeeper batsman since his arrival in international scene as a swashbuckling left hander, the early seeds of the same was sown by Jeffrey Dujon of West Indies during 1980s. Unlike the more flamboyant Gilchrist, Dujon was a batsman in more the classical and aesthetic mould ,with more wrist and timing involvement in his batting. Since his debut in 1981 , Dujon arrived as a classical style batsman and scored in prolific fashion particularly in first half of his career till about 1985-86 after which his batting did fade away a bit maybe due to the constant battering ,his hands used to get while keeping , from the relentless bombardment of his team’s gaint fast bowlers . Dujon scored 3322 runs from 81 tests at 32 average with 5 hundreds and effected 272 dismissals. In ODIs he had 204 dismissals from 169 games and scored 1945 runs ( He batted lower down the order in ODIs due to a strong West Indies batting line up those days). Sadly his batting average does not give a true indication of his batting prowess. He was a majestic player and was equally good in almost all countries . His off drives and on drives are worth travelling miles to watch. His splendid 98 in first innings of Ahmedabad test in 1983 vs India had stamp of class all over it as it was played on a minefield, one of the worst test pitches ever prepared in India. It looked as if he was batting on a different pitch. Another innings worth mention was his 138 v Australia at Perth in 1984 played after he got smacked on his head by a bouncer early in his knock.
As a keeper Dujon was very neat vs spinners and outstanding vs fast bowlers and was used to taking acrobatic catches.
On his birthday on 28th May, we wish him well and enjoy footage of some of his classy shots during his 138 v Australia and some of his great catches as a keeper.