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    Quote Originally Posted by FaaipDeOiad View Post
    The third name in my All-Time XI, after Bradman and Sobers. He's simply a clear choice ahead of everyone else who has ever played in his position, and you can't get a bigger compliment than that. At his peak he was one of the most dangerous batsmen in test history, and pretty consistent to go with that, and IMO he has been somewhat underrated as a keeper, mainly because of his batting. Essentially, people are more focused on finding faults with Gilchrist's keeping because he was such a good batsman, while in reality I think he was close to the best keeper in the world for most of his career. There were a couple of other contenders, but even leaving aside his batting he was very good, and generally deserved a spot, even if he might not make the list of the greatest keepers of all time without his batting. Throw in the fact that he would have made any test side in the world as a batsman through the peak of his career and you've got a truly remarkable player.

    Also quite nice to watch for such an aggressive batsman. Could score very fast playing fairly orthodox shots, and a great guy as well. Very glad I saw him play.
    I think I did this in another tribute thread as well but I'm just going to quote Faaip again and say "what he said." Couldn't agree more.

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    There could've been. But how many of them public? And those spats were just in the dressing room. On the field, Warne the controversy maker was replaced by Warne the Champion. And you name only 1 player, with a possibly bloated ego. Hayden? Martyn? (Martyn a legend?)

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    Amazing player. Totally revolutionized the role of the wicket keeper/batsman in a line up. Fantastic eye and good timing along with awesome hitting power. He was just a terror for the bowlers. At his best, he was, as Geoff Boycott once called him on air, "a left handed Richards". Add to that, his wicket keeping skill... He kept getting better and better as a keeper AFAIC, till the last 2 or 3 years and you have got a real all timer... The way he conducted himself was excellent too, for the most part and although there have been times when I thought he had been hypocritical in terms of his behaviour (and lets face it, everyone is at some point or the other), he has been an excellent role model for all young cricketers... Was a good captain as well, IMHO, FWIW.. I am not as sold about him "walking" as many others, mainly because he only seemed to start doing it from the 2003 WC but at least he stuck true to it afterwards...


    The one thing I will always remember about him is the Chennai test in 2004. He had kept wickets through a long Indian innings and he knew that when Australia had to bat the second time, the game was well in the balance... What does he do, as captain? Promotes himself to no.3, takes the game by the scruff of the neck. Normally, if it had been the usual no.3 (think it was Katich in that game, not really sure), India would have been all over him but Gilchrist, simply by his presence, put a bit of fear and apprehension into the Indian bowlers (esp. the spinners). He only made 40 or so off 50 odd balls and didn't hit many boundaries either. But he came in, looked positive, kept pushing the ball around and running hard and in between mixed up some of his powerful strokes... I think, THAT little innings was as much a reason for India not being able to dominate that game as any either, including that partnership between Martyn and Gillespie that followed this innings... Nice guy to talk to, too, although I only got him for a couple of questions.... Bye, bye, Gilly.... You will be missed.
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    Think the missed stumping off Martyn made a bigger difference still TBH. Shame it was Parthiv Patel rather than Gilchrist behind the stumps then, really.

    Anyway, interesting to hear that Boycott once called him a left-handed Viv Richards, because IMO (in the 1999\2000-2003 part of his career) that's pretty much exactly what he was, in substance if not in attitude. Good to know that the idea could be shared by someone who watched Richards bat live.
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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj View Post
    I hate to stink up a tribute thread, and I do really love Gilly, but he has the luxury of being able to not be selfish; he has the luxury of being able to walk; he has the luxury of playing with complete freedom. You can do these very admirable things if you're a keeper/senior player whose place in the team is both secure and is not dependant on your batting. Did he walk from 1999-2003 (early on in his international career)? Or did it start at the WOrld Cup 2003?

    I'd be more impressed if he was a newly-selected specialist batsman still making his way in the team - and he was doing the above selfless acts.
    How do you have the 'luxury of not being selfish'? You either are or you aren't. If you care about your average over the team then you're selfish, if you don't then you're not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Anyway, interesting to hear that Boycott once called him a left-handed Viv Richards, because IMO (in the 1999\2000-2003 part of his career) that's pretty much exactly what he was, in substance if not in attitude. Good to know that the idea could be shared by someone who watched Richards bat live.
    I'm pretty sure that Gilchrist was not quite the same in substance during the aforementioned purple patch, as Viv was during his long period of dominance. He averaged more than 60 from over half his career iinm.
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    Gilchrist averaged 60 - consistently, without that much dip too far below - over his first 40-something (43 or 44 IIRR) Tests.

    Richards' career was basically based around two periods of impossibly sensational scoring, both shorter than Gilchrist's one but notably more impressive. This and this being they. In the other 79 of his first 105 Tests, he averaged just 41.

    Either way, the point is not productivity, but the fact that those two possessed a very, very rare "scary" trait, something matched by few if any who were batsmen of much note. And Richards had the attitude to go with it, too; Gilchrist did not.

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