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The true colours of Adam Gilchrist

Rolling back the years, he looked back on his carreer as a whole, stated Adam Gilchrist in his book”true colours”, he noted that the years 1999 to 2002 formed a high water mark.He had nothing to lose as a Test cricketer and freedom that came with building, rather than defending, a record. Gilchrist belong to a team that was taking the game to new heights both in results and in developing friendships that were developing off field.Apart from the Indian tour of 2001, the Australians had an uninterrupted run of highlights culminating in the birth of his son Harry. He noted that although the results on the field kept coming, he became involved with a series of controversies although none was carrer threatening.Anyhow the effect accumulated, year by year. He was enjoying the game less, stiff competition was lacking from the opposing teams and as a result his interest became jaded and with it his freedom.

Another reason was him becoming a father and Mel(his wife) kept things in an even keel.This state of things wore him down over time and left him vulnerable for the moment.

The first of the little pin pricks happened at the end of the 2001 -2002 season when Gilchrist got a new bat and a gear sponsorship with Puma. He has been already with Puma for two years but this was a better deal, they were beginning to establish a presence in cricket and had bought the best- bat making company in the world, England’s Milichamp and Hall bats, as had many other Test players. They choose the bats they prefer, take off their sticker and put on their sponsor’s stickers. It’s an open secret among cricketers. And the bats that were overwhelming re-stickered were Millichamp and Hall ones.

Gilchrist said that he was happy to be using them legitimately and proud that Puma had chosen them when they were trying to make their names in cricket. What upset him was the press reporting his sponsorship as a million dollars-some said two million over three years. The Sunday papers ran a big front page colour photo of him with head line ‘The $2 Million Man’. The following article itemised his earnings from cricket.

It made him more guarded about personal information, his mind started to play tricks on him noted Gilchrist. Despite all these, he loved being with Puma and they sought his ideas about how to develop the best keeping gloves and pads and he loved his bats.Gilchrist observed that he was not overly pedantic about his bats unlike fanatics such as Justin Langer,RickeyPonting and Damian Martyn, but the Millichamp and Hall bats were always well balanced.They brought into vogue an oval shaped as opposed to a round handle, which felt comfortable in his hands.The quality of the willow was superior.That was probably the main thing that set them apart-grain of the willow, the way it was shaped and pressed. It almost had softness to it, the feel was good unlike the tinny sound given by the other bats which were much harder.

He did get a full summer out of a bat unlike Justin Langer who fussed about his bats and even changed them mid innings. Langer had bats for when it was keeping low or when it was bouncing, bats for spinners, quicks, one-dayers, Tests.

Incidentally Gilchrist kept every bat that he scored a hundred within first class, domestic or international cricket, he was so articulate that he even wrote in the top of the shoulder what the score was and who it was against. He kept them in a little bat rack he had made up. The only exception was the one that he used for his 122 in Mumbai in 2001, which was stolen during the Ashes tour later that year. Beside bats he kept some shirts and a few pairs of keeping gloves – and of course some of his caps.

Adam Craig Gilchrist- Born 14 November 1971) is an Australian cricket commentator and former international cricketer and captain of the Australia national cricket team. He was an attacking left-handed batsman and record-breaking wicket-keeper, who redefined the role for the Australia national team through his aggressive batting. Widely regarded as the greatest wicket-keeper–batsman in the history of the game, Gilchrist held the world record for the most dismissals by a wicket-keeper in One Day International (ODI) cricket until it was surpassed by Kumar Sangakkara in 2015 and the most by an Australian in Test cricket.

His strike rate was amongst the highest in the history of both ODI and Test cricket; his century against England at Perth in December 2006 is the fourth-fastest century in all Test cricket. He was the first player to have hit 100 sixes in Test cricket. His 17 Test centuries and 16 in ODIs were both second only to Sangakkara by a wicket-keeper. He holds the unique record of scoring at least 50 runs in successive World Cup finals (in 1999, 2003 and 2007). His 149 off 104 balls against Sri Lanka in the 2007 World Cup final was rated one of the greatest World Cup innings of all time. He is one of the only three players to have won three World Cup titles.

Gilchrist was renowned for walking when he considered himself to be out, sometimes contrary to the decision of the umpire. He made his first-class debut in 1992, his first One-Day International appearance in 1996 in India and his Test debut in 1999.

During his career, he played for Australia in 96 Test matches and over 270 One-day internationals. He was Australia's regular vice-captain in both forms of the game, captaining the team when regular captains Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting were unavailable. He retired from international cricket in March 2008, though he continued to play domestic tournaments until 2013. )


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