Sunday, 27 January 2008

Tributes to Gilchrist

As Adam Gilchrist prepares to hang up his gloves, teammates, former coach, peers and even the Australian Prime Minister doffed their hat at the wonderful entertainer.

Here is a collection of who said what:

Peter Roebuck, noted cricket writer and former Somerset captain:

Adam Gilchrist has given more outright joy to followers of the game than any cricketer since Sir Garfield Sobers. He will be missed as a cricketing force, as a contributor and as an entertainer.

Kim Hughes, former Australia captain:

Wicketkeeper-batsmen will always be compared to Gilly and they will never be as good.
Mark Boucher, days after losing his world record to Gilly:

He revolutionised the game in terms of being a wicketkeeper-batsman…He is the guy who set the tone for everyone else in the game, and he has changed it forever.
Rod Marsh, former Aussie stumper:

…whoever replaces him will have enormous shoes to fill.
Sourav Ganguly:

… he must be the greatest wicketkeeper-batsman ever.
Kevin Ruud, Australian Prime Minister:

As his prime minister (I) said, 'Gilly you need to reconsider,' and he told me he wasn't.
Ian Healy, who lost his place in the side to Gilly.

It's very easy to talk about his batting, but it was his glovework right from day one, in his first Test match in Brisbane, that I liked.
John Buchanan, former coach:

Possibly his loss is more than even Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath.
Jason Gillespie:

He just loved being around the lads in the dressing room, having a laugh.
Anil Kumble:

He changed the way countries would look at wicketkeepers.
Kumar Sangakkara:
He pioneered the wicketkeeper-batsman role.
England ODI captain Paul Collingwood gives voice to what bowlers worldwide felt:
Thank God for that.

Image: AFP

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