rv, I agree with most of what you say re Gilchrist (though probably to a slightly lesser degree...I think he was a better gloveman than what you seem to). However, for this list I see him as a lock for top 30.
Gilchrist has been an incredibly influential cricketer. Every team in world cricket, since Gilchrist, has tried to find their own Gilchrist - a highly aggressive wicket keeper batsmen. Dhoni, McCullum, Akmal, Sangakkara, Haddin, Prior etc all play like Gilchrist. The role of the wicket keeper has changed, it's no longer the best gloveman who gets picked, it's the best overall package...and an aggressive batsmen who can take the game away from the opposition at number 7 seems to be a requirement.
Sorry but in terms of this list, there is no other wicket keeper that deserves to be ahead of him...despite the fact there have been several better gloveman.
Agree with every word.
Also, I think criticism of Gilcrhist' glovework is grossly exaggerated
. Healy was better looking because he was shorter, and looked elegant taking the ball. But did he really make more errors? I'd love to look at the stats for byes, since sadly, we don't record dropped catches/missed stumpings.
Gilchrist also kept to everything. Pace (including express pace in Lee), vicious spin (Warne, MacGill), and in ODI, he even got to showcase standing up to pace (including Kasporwicz and McGrath, who he has a stumping off).
I can think of two game losing misses from Healy off the top of my head; dropped Lara at the tail end of that 153* and missed a standard stumping off Inzamam (taking which would have ended the match in Aus favor, missing it which did end the match in Pakistan's)
Batting? As MC says, he changed the game
. Look at todays keepers - Haddin, Prior, Jayawardena, Dhoni (even Kamran Akmal). He even made it to world #1 as a test batsman, and don't forget hitting a 100 6s.
Keepers are the begins-with-'b'-rhymes-with-'witches' of cricket. You only notice them when they mess up, they're last to be looked at in making a list of great players.
For influence and value, I'd put Gilchrist in the top 10, possibly top 5.