Threre's only three Australian cricketers I enjoy watching - Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Adam Gilchrist. So I was interested to read here yesterday that some of you rate him as one of the greats. Some of you ranked him as one of Australia's five best players ever (ludacris but interesting), and some of you made one excellent point. That point was that Gilchrist is so far ahead of his wicket-keeping peers in impacting games that it makes him a great. And I have to agree. His average below 50 runs is worth 55-60 for me because he changes games so quickly when he gets going. To be honest I expected more people to put Ponting ahead of him since Ponting, in terms of numerics, will be most likely equivelant to say... Lara and Tendulkar. One person, I think it was C_C, ranked Gilchrist the best batsman of the last 15 years. That covers a lot of ground (Lara, Tendulkar, Waugh etc.).
However, ever since Andrew Flintoff had his way with him in the Ashes, I think the shine of his career has been taken off a little. My question is, how highly do you rank Gilchrist?
And you can rank him on any scale:
Top five Aussie ever
Top 20 best ever
Best w/k ever
Top five most impacting ever etc.
Make one up if you want. How great is he?