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    The Adam Gilchrist Tribute Thread

    The great man retires. What a fantastic cricketer, and a great guy. He'd walk into my all time Test XI.

    The fact that he was a genuine walker means he has my utmost respect. Here is an article from Sangakarra: Adam the revolutionary
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    he wouldn't be in my all-time test xi but he has been one of the most exceptional cricketers of his generation, by far the best batsman ever among 'keepers...and a very competent 'keeper to boot...and one of the best lower middle order batsman ever...he would be in my all-time one day xi as a middle order batsman and 'keeper though...
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    Already said so much about him but probably not enough. Sangakkara made some great points in his article about Gilchrist. He changed the way a wicket-keeper batsmen were viewed and to compete other Test nations needed their own Gilchrists'.

    Probably just outside the top 1-2 pure-keepers in terms of glovework but reigns supreme as the best overall keeper because of his batting. As Manan said, he'd walk into my all-time Test XI. Only other player, bar Bradman, that would get into that hypothetical side so easily because he was so much better than his rivals.
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    If he's not the best wicketkeeper-batsman ever, he's damn well in the top two two\three.

    Superb wicketkeeper, very possibly the best batsman in The World for a fairly brief time.

    As I've said - the greatest compliment that can be paid him IMO is the fact that the "search for a Gilchrist of our own" that so many perport to make (and are obviously making even without claiming it) is foredoomed to be utterly forlorn. There may be decent wicketkeeper-batsmen, but I doubt anyone else will do what he's done, maybe ever again, certainly for a long, long time.

    Only 2 have a more unequivocal case for best-ever-XI selection for mine, in Sobers and Bradman.

    That added to the fact he's probably the most gentlemanly destroyer ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    As I've said - the greatest compliment that can be paid him IMO is the fact that the "search for a Gilchrist of our own" that so many perport to make (and are obviously making even without claiming it) is foredoomed to be utterly forlorn. There may be decent wicketkeeper-batsmen, but I doubt anyone else will do what he's done, maybe ever again, certainly for a long, long time.
    That's a great point - very few players have that type of impact where every team is looking for their own version.

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    Probably would be in my all time test XI. Great player, great man.
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    My favorite wicket-keeper batsman ever, and certainly a part of my all-time XI.

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    CW posters have paid avatar tributes in the past few weeks - I now preserve these tributes eternally.

    Perm and Darren D-L of course have always had him as an avatar, but I now bring you Akhil, Manju, Matt of '79, KaZo and Xuhaib - posters across the nations paying tribute to possibly the finest cricketer of our time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    CW posters have paid avatar tributes in the past few weeks - I now preserve these tributes eternally.

    Perm and Darren D-L of course have always had him as an avatar, but I now bring you Akhil, Manju, Matt of '79, KaZo and Xuhaib - posters across the nations paying tribute to possibly the finest cricketer of our time.
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    I tried not to be too hyperbolic...

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    You know - I respect this guy so much that I'll part from people who truly deserve the glory (fast bowlers) to a batsman. Only for a little bit though.

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    best wicketkeeper batsman? You are having a laugh!

    I think he is the greatest cricketer of all time (tied with Bradman) in terms of pure VALUE to a team. Australia have been extremely fortunate to have a player who was not only exceptionally good keeper but also a brilliant batsman at no.7. I mean, a guy with an average of 50 at number SEVEN! (with a strike rate of bloody 82!)

    To put that in perspective, Wisden's best wicket keeper batsman is Allan Knott and he had an average of 32.


    Sangakarra put it brilliantly when he says that Gilchrist put so much pressure on other teams to find batsmen who could keep (do you remember Dravid keeping wicket through the 2003 world cup?)

    Lets not forget that Gilly replaced not one but two Australian legends in the one-day squad- Ian Healy and Mark Taylor (as opener). Gilchrist is to my money, one of the top 3 cricketers of all time. And its a pity that people just overlook him because he is a keeper , if he happened to be a bowler with 200+ wickets, I am sure the pundits would have looked at him even more favourably.

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    The only time I ever saw Gilchrist play with a remotely selfish attitude was in that ODI in Perth last month, where he went from 85 to his ton in singles, and the innings lost momentum.
    I echo what Richard says about an all-time XI - his claims to be in there are imo very compelling.
    But it was the way he went about it. When did Gilchrist ever care about his average? Not for him a neat 30 or 40 not out before a declaration - rather he came out to bat always (barr that one occasion) with the team not just foremost in his mind, but soley in his mind. After 96 tests and a zillion ODIs, I think that's a tremendous thing to be able to say about a player.
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    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.

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    The first time he talked about it was in WC2003, and my impression was that it was a decision he'd made there and then, the way he talked about "I think it's time for cricketers to start being honest with each other". But I might be wrong: he might have been a walker before then and it had simply never attracted any attention.

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