Adam Craig Gilchrist is a former Australian Cricketer who used to be a left-handed batter and wicketkeeper with so many records. Adam Gilchrist is one of the best wicket-keeper-batsman of all time, and as a wicketkeeper, no player has more dismissals than Gilchrist. Later, in 2015, Sangakkara surpassed him. He was well-known for his aggressive gameplay. He also holds the record of having one of the best strike rates in both Test cricket and ODI.
- Full Name: Adam Craig Gilchrist
- Born: November 19, 1971
- Age: 51
- Height: 6 ft 1 in (186 cm)
- Nationality: Australian
- Bowling Style: Right Arm Medium
- Batting Style: Left-handed
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Adam Gilchrist started his One Day International journey in 1996. It was his debut match in Faridabad. And the match was against South Africa. In that match, he scored 18 runs and then bowled out. In 1997, Gilchrist managed to secure his position as he scored 53 and 33 runs in the consecutive innings against England. After that, in 1998, he was able to score 148 runs. In the upcoming series against South Africa, Gilchrist scored his first hundred in the second innings.
World Cup Success
In the 1999 world cup journey, Gilchrist managed to play in every single match. After three poor performances, he came back to his form by scoring 63 runs in 39 balls. And Australia qualified for the super six. Again his poor performance made him struggle, but in the finals, he was able to secure 54 runs, and this was the first trophy after twelve years since 1987. He scored 237 runs in the entire tournament.
In 1999, Gilchrist made his test debut against Pakistan. In the Gabba test, Gilchrist stumped Azhar Mahmood, took five catches, and scored a total of 81 runs. Also, In the second test, Gilchrist was more good as he managed to score 149 runs, and Australia won their second match consecutively. Australia was 126/5, and they needed a total of 369 runs to win. Along with Justin Langer, Adam Gilchrist had a partnership of 238 runs, and they won. In six matches, Gilchrist scored 485 runs.
In the 2001 Ashes, Australia was able to secure the trophy by a margin of 4-1. Their batting average was 68.00, and they had only 26 dismissals. Gilchrist scored 248 runs, and in the finals, he scored 76 runs, and he was not out. Later that year, Australia secured another series against New Zealand.
2003 World Cup
In the 2003 World Cup campaign, Gilchrist managed to play every match but one. And he had a tremendous campaign, as he scored a total of 408 runs. His average was 40.80, with a strike rate of 105. Also, Gilchrist scored four half-centuries. In the final match, he crushed India by scoring 57 runs, and Australia made 359 runs with the loss of two wickets. And they managed to win the title and won the tournament unbeaten.
Decline Of Form
In the 2003-04 campaign, Gilchrist was quite confident about his form. After scoring a century, he only managed to score 120 runs in the upcoming ten innings. But in the test match against Sri Lanka, he scored 144 runs in a quick time. Again he was able to keep his form well, as he came back with 111, 172, and then two half-centuries. In the Champions Trophy, he scored 253 runs in 11 innings. But he had to struggle a lot before coming to his actual form.
2007 World Cup
In the 2007 World Cup, Gilchrist was one of the main players of Australia. He started the tournament by scoring 46, 57, and 42 runs. In the fifth match against Bangladesh, he scored 59 runs, and Australia won by 10 wickets. For the third time, Gilchrist managed to play another significant innings. He scored 149 runs in only 104 balls. He was the man of the match in the final match.
Later that year, in the World Twenty20, he was the captain of the Australian side. In the tournament, he was able to score only 169 runs with an average of 33.80. India, the champions of the tournament, knocked Australia out in the semi-finals.
In 2008, he was playing against India and said that he would not retire at the end of the season. During the series against India, Gilchrist was struggling to score, and he understood that the time was near. But his last test series was against Sri Lanka, where he scored 322 runs with an average of 32.20. The day was 15th February, the last day he played an international match with the Australian cricket team.
When it comes to leadership, discipline, and wicket-keeping batter, Adam Gilchrist is one of the best players in the history of cricket. There are so many awards that this person received. Also, in 2009, he won the IPL trophy with Deccan Chargers, and he was the captain of the team. This was the last time he was involved in a competitive tournament.