Monday, January 28, 2008

Gilly's retirement, what does this mean for the Aussies?

Just would like to say that it's sad to see one of the cricketing greats leave the game, but like what I said about Sachin Tendulkar I am privileged and honoured to have witnessed such a brilliant career right from it's on-set. Adam Gilchrist was to me the greatest wicketkeeper in modern times, and when he overhauled Mark Boucher's ( South Africa) world record 414 test dismissals it cemented his place amongst the greats, though the thing I will always remember about Gilly's career is the way he bludgeoned the ball to all parts of the ground, it was magic and he appeared to do it with nonchalent ease. He re-defined the wicketkeeper-batsman's role in the team's 11 and became an excellent role-model for all aspiring wicketkeepers, which brings me to the point about what my headline says. Who will be Adam Gilchrist's next successor? Who will fill the void of nearly a decade of excellence? It seems that Australia has a huge depth in cricket talent and according to their sports development programs etc theres no doubt they will find a new "Gilchrist" somewhere in the huge pool of talent. Does anyone have an opinion on who the next Gilchrist will be?

Adam Gilchrist

Adam Gilchrist (Gilly)
Played Test cricket for Australia 1999 to 2008

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