Ultimate XI ODI Profile: Adam Gilchrist

By Sports Desk June 02, 2020
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Adam Gilchrist made his international debut in ODIs as a wicketkeeper against South Africa in 1996. He started his career in a similar manner to Tendulkar, coming lower down the order. He made some useful contributions there, however in the day and age of pinch-hitters – or batsmen who could take advantage of the fielding restrictions – he was sent to open the innings. That changed everything. He went on to score his maiden century in his very second match at the top of the order against South Africa in Sydney.

Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee could have been a nightmare for other wicketkeepers but Gilly was safe as houses behind the wickets. Then there was arguably the greatest leg spinner the world has ever seen, Shane Warne. Gilly was equally safe while wicketkeeping for the great spinner as well. He hardly dropped catches and helped Australia win by turning those half chances into wickets.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Adam Craig Gilchrist

Born: November 14, 1971, Bellingen, New South Wales

Major teams: Australia, Deccan Chargers, ICC World XI, Kings XI Punjab, Middlesex, New South Wales, Western Australia

Playing role: Wicketkeeper-batsman

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak

Fielding position: Wicketkeeper

Height: 1.86 m

 

ODI Career: Australia (1996–2008)

Mat    Inns    NO     Runs    HS     Ave     BF        SR       100s    50s    4s      6s      Ct      St

287     279      11     9619     172    35.89   9922    96.94      16     55      1162   149    417     55

 

Career Highlights

  • Holds record for most catches by a wicketkeeper in an ODI innings (6)
  • Second when paired with Glenn McGrath for most successful bowler/wicketkeeper combinations with 72 dismissals.
  • First and fourth on list with most dismissals in a calendar year 56 catches and 9 stumpings in 1999 and 53 catches and 3 stumpings in 2003.
  • Named in Australia's "greatest ever ODI team”
  • One of three players to have won three World Cup titles
  • Second most centuries by an ODI wicketkeeper (16)
  • Record for scoring at least 50 runs in successive CWC finals (1999, 2003, 2007)
  • Fastest century in a World Cup final
  • Highest ever score in a World Cup final (149) Barbados, 2007

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    Pakistan strengthened their grip on the second Test against Zimbabwe in Harare after an unbeaten 215 from Abid Ali allowed the tourists to declare on 510-8.

    And Zimbabwe were quickly reduced to 52-4 in reply by the end of day two as Pakistan closed on a dominant sweep of the two-match series.

    The touring side, who won the opener by an innings and 116 runs, resumed on 268-4 on Saturday and could not be slowed.

    It took Zimbabwe 54 balls to remove nightwatchman Sajid Khan (20), installed alongside Abid after a belated flurry of wickets on Friday, although Abid's scoring was only steady as Mohammad Rizwan and Hasan Ali also departed.

    The arrival of Nauman Ali at the crease prompted a huge partnership of 169 and the duo looked immovable at the close of the second session.

    Nauman was just seven shy of a maiden century, having been out for a duck in the previous match, and this looming milestone appeared to play into the thinking as Pakistan batted again in the evening.

    But after Nauman hit the first ball for four, he was stumped from the second and Babar Azam swiftly declared.

    That left time for the tourists to chase early wickets in the Zimbabwe innings and veteran Test debutant Tabish Khan found joy inside the second over as he trapped Tarisai Musakanda.

    Kevin Kasuza, captain Brendan Taylor and Milton Shumba also departed before the day was out, with Sajid continuing an enjoyable outing with his first Test wicket.

    The hosts again face a mountain to climb simply to send Pakistan in to bat for a second time, already with only six wickets remaining and 259 off the follow-on mark of 311.

    Making hay in Harare

    Abid scored centuries in two of his first three Test innings but had failed to supply a third since coming into this match. His average stood at 37.

    Now he has a first double-hundred and a batting average of 49.6. The batsman found an accommodating Zimbabwe attack but capitalised far more effectively than many of his team-mates.

    Well worth the wait

    Tabish made his first-class debut in 2002-03 but only now, aged 36, has been handed his chance in the Test arena.

    Not called into action until the sixth session of the match, he soon made up for lost time with just his sixth delivery, nipping back into Musakanda to set Pakistan on their way.

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