Adam Gilchrist – An Aussie Gent

As the carnival that is the Friends Provident T20 tournament gets underway in England, I must say it’s a pleasure to see Adam Gilchrist return to these shores.

Despite his retirement from all forms of the game except twenty20, I hope this won’t be the final time we see him ply his trade and showcase his undoubted talents for all to see.

Though as the years begin to pass him by and he moves towards his 40th year, the chances of seeing him play in England again may be limited, though these next five matches will allow him to show us what we’ve missed in recent years.

Gilchrist has signed a five match t20 contract with Middlesex in this seasons tournament, though he is hoping to make the most of his short stay, declaring “My stay here is short in comparison to the whole tournament. I would just love to have an impact of some sort.

“I’m looking forward to being able to leave something behind,” I can guarantee on behalf of all cricket fans that Gilchrist (pictured below), will definitely leave the English cricket fans shouting for more.

He is a fantastic ambassador for the game, he always played with the right temperament and coming from a nation where confidence seems to be easily perceived as arrogance, Gilchrist could almost be defined as one of the most humble gentleman you are likely to meet.

Renowned for his charity work (namely as an ambassador for World Vision in India), as well as speaking his mind and having the bizarre reputation as becoming known in the cricketing world as a ‘walker’.

Let me tell you more. Gilchrist has been known of several occasions to walk when technically not out, most notably in the 2003 World Cup semi-final against Sri Lanka when the umpire had given Adam not out, but he walked anyway. He also did the same in a match versus Bangladesh, despite television replays proving inconclusive.

Superb! A true sportsman, I’m sure you’ll agree

Gilchrist (pictured again, above) was a fantastic wicket-keeper in all forms of the game and many, myself included would count him as the finest wicket-keeper of our generation.

Coupled with his amazing and attacking batting ability he could take the game away from the opposition in the blink of an eye, averaging 47 and scoring 17 test-match hundreds back this point up, he was a brilliant team player, shown with him occupying the role of Australian vice-captain for several years.

Always true to his word, Gilchrist decided to retire from one-day and test-match cricket in February 2008 after he admitted to not seeing the ball as well as he use to and starting to feel his age. Honesty, which wouldn’t be shown by many sportsman today!

He brings the correct attitude, temperament and aura; required to help motivate youngsters in the country to want to be the best, but to also behave properly (though he did occasionally have the odd brush with the on-field umpires) within the laws of cricket.

Nice to have you over here again Adam and we hope this isn’t the last hurrah.

Cheers for some great memories.

Thanks for reading.

Gaffers

P.s. As I finished this piece, Gilchrist has just got out for 2 on his Middlesex debut, I’ll take the blame for this one!!

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