Today is the 46th birthday of the world's most successful and revolutionary wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist. He was born on 14th November, 1971 in Bellingen, Australia.
Gilchrist also called as Gilly or Churchy was one of the most prominent members of the Australian team that dominated the cricket world in the late 90s and the early 2000s.
Considered to be the greatest wicket-keeper-batsmen in the history of cricket, he scored more than 5,000 Test runs at an average over 47. His 17 Test centuries set a record for wicket-keepers.
He made his ODI debut in 1996 and Test debut in 1999. Gilly won numerous accolades in his career, including Wisden Cricketer of the Year, International Player of the Year, and the Allan Border Medal. He became the first Test player to hit 100 sixes in a career, although he was later passed by Brendon McCullum.
Gilchrist released his autobiography ‘True Colours’ in 2008 and it was mired in immediate controversy after he criticized Sachin Tendulkar’s role during the ‘Monkey gate’ scandal that engulfed the Sydney Test between Australia and India in January, 2008. The autobiography also slammed Muttiah Muralitharan for what Gilchrist believed that the chucking rule was bent by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to facilitate Murali’s action.
After his retirement in 2008, Glichrist became a commentator and is a regular part of the Channel Nine team in Australia and a few other local broadcasters.