But he surprisingly picked Michael Bevan as the toughest bowler he has ever kept to.
Bevan, one of the greatest finisher with the bat was capable of timing even the most daunting run chase to perfection, usually bowled part-time left-arm leg-spin when called upon by his skipper.
Bevan’s bowling was at times erratic, but that’s what made him such a dangerous, wicket-taking option.
Gilchrist and Bevan played 175 ODIs together and in 45 matches the pair combined as ‘keeper and bowler.
"Bevo’s not renowned for his bowling," Gilchrist told cricket.com.au.
"Obviously his batting, he was so masterful in that, but he did contribute with some handy wickets at times."
"The left-arm leggie, fast action, very difficult to pick out of the hand. That’s why it was so challenging." "And Bevo will concede himself he didn’t have the greatest control so whilst he could land it right on a sixpence he could also throw them far and wide too, so it was always a challenge." Gilchrist added.
Bevan holds the record for the best match figures by an Australian left-arm wrist-spinner in Test history after capturing 10-113 against the West Indies at the Adelaide Oval in January, 1997.
First Published: July 26, 2017, 7:22 PM IST