Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Gilchrist - Farewell Series

As Q has pointed out there is a lot to look forward to in the current CB Series. For me personally, I want to see Gilchrist go out in style - I am rooting for him to score many runs and take a few memorable catches. In my opinion the greatest wicketkeeper/batsman the game has ever seen deserves nothing less.

Gilchrist will be retiring with the record for most dismissals in Test cricket by a wicketkeeper. He may not be the most athletic or the best wicketkeeper ever, but he is definitely right up there with the best of the best. Without question he is one of the most consistent and reliable that the game has ever seen.

Gilchrist also holds the record for the highest number of sixes in Test cricket. The attacking batsman hit his 100th test six versus Sri Lanka in November 2007 cementing his name as the first batsman to hit a hundred sixes in Test cricket. He will definitely be remembered as one the most aggressive batsman to play the game - a clean striker of the cricket ball. In ODIs Gilchrist was always one of the most feared opening batsman for many bowlers and he definitely delighted crowds all over the world with his squash buckling style of play. His last World Cup innings was a memorable 149 from just 104 deliveries versus Sri Lanka in the 2007 Final.

The tributes for Gilchrist flowed from all over the cricket world. Former teammate Slater said, ""He was a superstar who changed the face of cricket. He has set a standard for keeper/batsmen that I don't think will ever be matched." Fellow wicketkeeper Boucher said, "He revolutionized the game in terms of being a wicketkeeper-batsman. Gilly is streets ahead of the rest in that regard. He is the guy who set the tone for everyone else in the game, and he has changed it forever."

Gilchrist has left his mark on the game forever and will always be remembered as one of the greatest to over play the game. I just am in a greedy mood and want just a couple more Gilchrist memories - is that too much to ask for? Perhaps, but then again I have full faith that Gilchrist will deliver!

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  1. Uncle J rod said...

    OK rule one, anything slater says about Gilly is biased because of said rumours between the men, namely that slater slept with gillys wife and he is the father of one of their children.

    Slater has been very nice to him publicly ever since.

  2. Q said...

    Tell me thats a joke Uncle J :-)

  3. Uncle J rod said...

    Nope. It's a rumour, but its a rumour Slater has apologised for publicly, the rumour bit, not that its true.

    Melinda Gilchrist is a fine looking woman, sat next to her on a plane trip once, i wasn't complaining.

  4. Q said...

    I just googled some pics. Shes as u say she is Uncle J :-)

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