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The Great Career of Adam Gilchrist


Anyone for cricket? Adam Gilchrist, who otherwise goes by the nicknames of Church or Gilly. Adam Gilchrist is the first but not the last cricketer to appear. He has now retired from the game and has redefined the role of the Australian national cricket team.

Born in 1971, Adam Gilchrist is an attacking left-handed batsman. it is for his wicketkeeping that he holds world records.  The current holder of the record for the most dismissals by a wicketkeeper by an Australian in test cricket and ODI.  Generally thought to be one of the best-ever wicket-keeper-batsman combinations in the history of the sport of cricket.

Adam Gilchrist – Breaking Records

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There is more – he is the only player ever to have hit 100 (that’s ONE HUNDRED) sixes in Test Cricket.  Not only that, Adam Gilchrist has 17 Test centuries under his belt as well as 16 ODIs.  As a player who was destined to be primarily a wicketkeeper, that is some achievement.

Gilly also has a unique record. The only player ever to score a minimum of fifty runs in successive World Cup finals (99, 03 and 07) and has actually won three titles – one of only three players to do so.

Adam Gilchrist sometimes went against the grain of the establishment in as much as he is a self-confessed walker.  That is, occasionally he disagrees with the umpire, who says he is in – and walks off! 

Fair is fair. However, a player is more likely to know when they are out than the umpire yet many would make the contrary decision. Not so Gilchrist.

Gilly’s Test Debut

Adam Gilchrist’s first-class debut was in 1992 and his first ODI (One Day International) debut followed four years later, with his Test debut in 99.  He has played for his home nation in 96 test matches and getting on for 300 ODIs.  In both forms, he was Australia’s

Vice-captain and captained the team when the regular captains were unavailable.

Although he has now retired from International cricket he still plays for the Indian Premier League with the Deccan Chargers.  He was made captain in 2009 and led the team to the Twenty20 title in the same year.

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Adam Gilchrist’s style of attack batting was key to Australia’s ODI successes. He was a member of the team, and as such it was Adam Gilchrist who invariably opened the batting. 

For a wicket-keeper, his batting average is more than reasonable. In the upper 40s in tests with a Test strike rate of 82 runs for every 100 balls. e is renowned for batting shots to every area of the field in a dynamic and consistent manner.

Outside of the sport, Adam Gilchrist serves as an ambassador for the World Vision charity in India – a country in which he is immensely popular.


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