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Happy birthday Adam Gilchrist: Some unusual records and a few lesser-known facts

Gilchrist held the record for most dismissals by a wicket-keeper in One-Day Internationals, until it was surpassed by Sangakkara in 2015

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Wishing an attacking Australian left-handed batsman and record-breaking wicket-keeper: Adam Craig Gilchrist AM a happy 50th; know some records he holds and a few lesser-known facts

Happy birthday Adam Gilchrist: The most crucial position on the cricket field, inarguably, is that of the wicket-keeper. A safe pair of gloves behind the stumps forms a pivotal part of any successful team. Australia’s unparalleled dominance in the international arena for over a decade has been studied by many pundits, and its architects have received plaudits across the world.

One such architect was Adam Gilchrist, who was the wicket-keeper for Australia almost right through that phase when the team’s performance bordered on invincibility. But, he was no ordinary keeper-batsman; his feats and accomplishments safely assure him of a place in the pantheon of cricketing legends.

Behind the stumps or in front of them, Gilchrist was a force to reckon with. His dignity on and off the field is still an indelible part of his legacy.

Let us relive a few records that proves Adam Gilchrist was one of the greatest Australian cricketers to have graced the field:-

Most centuries by an Australian against Sri Lanka as wicket-keeper

  • Gilchrist had a special love for performing against Sri Lanka, as he holds the record of smashing the most centuries against the side (7).
  • While six of the centuries have come in ODIs, only one has come in the Tests.
  • Interestingly, he has smashed just 16 tons in ODIs.
  • This proves his dominance against the Lankans.

Only Australian with 100 sixes in Tests

  • Gilchrist was known for his explosive and prolific batting.
  • Owing to his very nature of his, he had the tendency to go for the big shots against the bowlers, regardless of the format he played.
  • In the same light, he holds the record of being the only Australian to hit 100 sixes in the longest format of the game.

Fastest Test century as an Australian

  • Gilchrist also had a unique tendency to play a fast innings, and playing mostly down in the order in Test cricket, it gave him the freedom to go big.
  • Consequently, he holds the record to smash the fastest century in the format by an Australian, in just 57 deliveries, against England in Perth, in 2006.
  • Overall, it is the fourth-fastest in the format.

Most dismissals in an ICC World Cup as wicket-keeper

  • Besides his lethal batting, Gilchrist was also known for his fine wicket-keeping skills.
  • As for the same, he also holds a unique record of scripting the most dismissals as a wicket-keeper in an ICC World Cup.
  • It was during the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, where he scalped 21 dismissals, a record matched by
  • New Zealand’s Tom Latham in 2019.

Highest score in a World Cup final

  • Gilchrist was known to be in ruthless form in the World Cup, especially during the final.
  • Having smashed a record three half-centuries in the final of the three tournament finals he played, his score of 149 is the highest ever score in a World Cup final.
  • He scripted the record in the 2007 final against Lanka in Barbados, which Australia won by 53 runs.

Some lesser-known things about the Australian great:

  • Adam Gilchrist Was Born On November 14, 1971, In A Small Town Of Bellingen In New South Wales, Australia.
  • Gilchrist Has Two Nicknames. He Was Called ‘Gilly’ In The Australian Dressing Room And Was Called ‘Churchy’ By His Close Friends.
  • His Favourite Destination Is Surprisingly Noosa, Which Is A Small Beach Town In Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
  • Before Australia’s Tour Of India In 2004, Gilchrist Promised To Dedicate A Century To His Cancer-Stricken Friend. He Scored 104 In The 1st Test And Kept His Word.
  • Interestingly, Gilchrist Took Up Wicket-Keeping Because Of His Fascination With The Wicket-Keeping Gloves, Its Shape And Size.
  • Adam Gilchrist Once Admitted His Worst Habit Is Biting Nails.
  • The Left-Handed Batsman Is The Only Wicket-Keeper To Score At Least Fifty Or More Runs In Three Consecutive World Cup Finals.
  • Gilchrist held the record for most dismissals by a wicket-keeper in One-Day Internationals, until it was surpassed by Sangakkara in 2015. Gilchrist was also the first player to smash 100 sixes in Test cricket.


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