Adam Craig Gilchrist, popularly known as Adam Gilchrist had been one of the greatest wicket keeper of all time who represented the Australian National team. Nicknamed as Gilly, this left-handed batsman also proved to be a terror for the opponent teams in the late 90’s and the early 2000’s. Gilchrist held the record for most numbers of dismissals by a wicket-keeper in One Day International till 2015.
Gilchrist debuted in the Titan Cup for the Australian One Day squad against South Africa in 1996. In this match he served as a replacement of Ian Healy. His debut match failed to impress anyone. It was not an easy task to retain the place in the Australian team. Healy resumed his position and Gilchrist had to go. It was in 1997, luck played a trick and Healy got suspended in two matches against South Africa, Gilchrist was again called in as a replacement.
Gilly, went on to score his first century in this series. Healy returned to claim his position as the wicket-keeper but Gilchrist impressed the selectors with his aggressive knock and he was retained in the team as a batsman. Later when the selector decided to keep different teams for ODI and test format, Gilchrist with his fast scoring style, became an automatic choice for the ODI format and Healy remained in the test side.
Since the selection, there was no looking back for Adam Gilchrist. With his elegant keeping style and destructive batting flair, Gilchrist won hearts of only the selectors but spectators as well. In 1999, Gilly replaced Ian Healy as the wicket-keeper in the test format as well. Healy was dropped because of constant poor performance. Gilchrist not only was a hard hitter in ODI format but he maintained the same in test format as well. In 2001, Gilly’s double ton against South Africa came in just 213 balls. His contribution to the Australian team has been immense. In Ashes 2001, Gilchrist’s memorable knock of 152 in the first test came in only 143 balls.
Adam Gilchrist had been a major contributor in Australia’s successive world Cup wins in 1999, 2003 and 2007. In 2003, Word Cup semi-final against Sri Lanka, Gilly found himself in the middle of a controversy, when he walked off the ground even when the Umpire gave no reaction to the dismissal appeal of Arvinda De Silva. This astonishing moment earned Gilchrist many praises. In 2007 World Cup final, Gilchrist scored a brilliant 149, which resulted in Australia posting a massive target of 281 for the Sri Lankan team. Eventually, Australia snatched the third consecutive World Cup title.
In 2008, Gilchrist decided to bid adieu to the International cricket world. His announcement came as a shock for many, even the Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd asked Gilly to think twice about his decision. Sticking on to his decision, this all-time greatest wicket-keeper and an explosive batsman retired from the International Cricket.
Even the retirement didn’t allow Gilchrist to stay away from cricket completely. He was picked for the Deccan Charger team in the inaugural season of IPL. He even led the team in the absence of VVS Laxman. Deccan Charger finished last in IPL season 1. Things turned in IPL season 2, Gilchrist was elected as the captain in place of VVS Laxman. Gilly proved his worth as a leader as well, he led Team Deccan Charger from the front in winning the title.
This multi-talented cricketer was born on 14th November 1971, in Bellingen, New South Wales. Gilly’s cricket career took off early when his parents Satvik and June moved to Lismore. Gilchrist was chosen as the captain of Kadina High School cricket team.
Gilchrist got married to his Melinda, his high school sweetheart. The couple is blessed with three sons Harrison, Archie and Ted and a lovely daughter Anne Jean.
Gilly completed education from Kadina High School.
Adam Gilchrist Net Worth
Adam Gilchrist has an estimated net worth of $3.5 million US dollars as of 2017.
He represents the University of Wollongong or UOW as the Brand Ambassador. He helps this leading research and higher education institute to develop a great bonding and stronger ties with India. Gilly is also involved in many charitable works.
Quite recently, Jaguar Australia appointed Gilchrist as their brand ambassador.
In his book “Walking to Victory”, Gilchrist wrote that he was shattered when he learned about the affair between is wife Mel and his team mate Michael Slater. He was hurt with the news. It made him even cry on the cricket ground.
It is not a hidden fact that Shane Warne and Adam Gilchrist never saw eye to eye. Gilchrist revealed in his book “True Colours : My Life” that how Warne and his good friend Darren Berry continuously sledged him. It ruined the relationship between the two.
A great batsman, a skilled wicket-keeper, Adam Gilchrist has proved his worth in the International Cricket format. This living legend has tormented the opponent teams with his ruthless batting and flawless wicket-keeping. Undoubtedly one of the best wicket-keeper and batsman of all times, Adam Gilchrist has huge fan following even today.