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Adam Gilchrist

Batting style:
Left Handed bat
Bowling style:
Off break
Played for:
Australia, ICC World XI, Australia A, Rest of the World, Young Australia, Punjab, Hyderabad, Middlesex, Western Australia, New South Wales, Australia Under-19, Australian XI
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-Test,ODI,T20 | WicketKeeper
Home country:
November 14, 1971, Bellingen,New South Wales


If there was a poll to decide the most likable cricketing great, then Adam Gilchrist would certainly be one of the leaders in it. A quintessential batsman to have at the top of the order in ODIs and someone who brought glamour to the wicket-keeper batsman role, Gilly changed the complexion of Tests at number seven.

Gilchrist made his international debut in ODIs as a wicket-keeper against South Africa in 1996. He started his career in a similar manner to Tendulkar, coming lower down the order. He made some useful contributions there, however in the day and age of pinch-hitters – or batsmen who could take advantage of the fielding restrictions – he was sent to open the innings. It all changed for him since then as he went on to score his maiden century in his very second such match against South Africa in Sydney.

His aggressive batting and consistency benefited his team a lot which paved the way for his Test debut. His Test career was off in a great fashion, scoring 81 on debut and his first ton - an unbeaten 149 in his second Test. It was an innings of substance as it came in the fourth innings of a Test against Pakistan, chasing down a stiff target of 369 and that too after being 126/5 at one stage. Over the next few years, Gilchrist maintained this style of play, i.e. attacking from the hilt, and walking when he knew he was out irrespective of the umpire’s decision.

His first and only double century came against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2002. It proved to be the Man of the Match performance as Australia handed an innings defeat to the Proteas. Two years later, while touring India, he replaced injured Ricky Ponting as the skipper for the first three games and won 2 of them, leading his side for the first Test series victory in India since 1969/70.

His strike rate of 82 in Tests and 97 in ODIs combined with the averages of 47 and 36 respectively, coupled with the fact that he was the frontline wicket-keeper of the team, keeping dexterously to Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath alike, made him one of the greats of the game. This was a major reason for Australia's dominance at that time. He also played a huge role in their three successive World Cup campaigns. In the 1999 World Cup, though he wasn't in great touch, his 54 in the finals proved to be a tournament winning one. In contrary, he had much better performances in the 2003 and 2007 World Cups. In the former, he piled up 408 runs, including a 48-ball 57 against India in the finals. And in 2007, he scored a magnificent 149 against Sri Lanka in the finals to secure hat-trick of World Cups for Australia.

During the 2007-08 Test series against India, Gilchrist dropped a few sitters behind the wickets and realized that he had lost the competitive edge. He didn't take long to announce his retirement after that. However, he was active in the domestic scene and participated in the Indian T20 League, becoming a part of the Hyderabad squad in the inaugural edition in 2008. In fact, it was under his wise captaincy that they won their first-ever trophy in 2009. Later, Gilchrist was signed by the Punjab franchisee and named the captain as well. In 2012, he was given the added responsibility of coaching them as well.

Fast Facts

  • Australia’s ODI Player of the Year for two years on the trot (2003, 04)
  • Won the Allan Border medal in 2003
  • One of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2002
  • Highest individual score in the final of the World Cup (149 off 104 balls in 2007)
  • First batsman to score 1000 runs in Indian T20 League
  • Inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in 2013



  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 96 137 5570 20 47.60 81.96 17 26 204*
ODI 287 279 9619 11 35.89 96.94 16 55 172
T20 13 13 272 1 22.66 141.66 0 0 48
IPL 80 80 2069 4 27.22 138.39 2 11 109*
CLT20 2 2 69 0 34.50 156.81 0 1 51
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
IPL 80 1 1 0 1 1/0 / 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 379 37 4
ODI 417 55 14
T20 17 0 1
IPL 51 16 6
CLT20 2 1 0
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 6 4 1 0 1 66.67
ODI 17 12 4 0 1 70.59
T20 2 1 1 0 0 50
IPL 74 35 39 0 0 47.3
CLT20 2 0 2 0 0 0


Australia Vs Pakistan at Brisbane Cricket Ground (Woolloongabba), Brisbane - Queensland - Nov 05, 1999
Last played:
Australia Vs India at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide - Jan 24, 2008
Australia Vs South Africa at Nahar Singh Stadium (Mayur Stadium), Faridabad - Oct 25, 1996
Last played:
Australia Vs India at Brisbane Cricket Ground (Woolloongabba), Brisbane - Queensland - Mar 04, 2008
Australia Vs New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland - Feb 17, 2005
Last played:
Australia Vs India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne - Victoria - Feb 01, 2008
Hyderabad Vs Kolkata at Eden Gardens, Kolkata - Apr 20, 2008
Last played:
Punjab Vs Mumbai at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala - May 18, 2013
Hyderabad Vs Somerset at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad - Oct 10, 2009
Last played:
Hyderabad Vs Trinidad and Tobago at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad - Oct 14, 2009