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Adam Gilchrist      

Full name Adam Craig Gilchrist

Born November 14, 1971, Bellingen, New South Wales

Current age 43 years 36 days

Major teams Australia, Deccan Chargers, ICC World XI, Kings XI Punjab, Middlesex, New South Wales, Western Australia

Nickname Gilly, Churchy

Playing role Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Height 1.86 m

Adam Craig Gilchrist
Timeline
    October 25, 1996
    Badly begun is half done
    Makes his ODI debut at the age of 24. Scores 18 batting at No. 7, and grabs two catches in the loss to South Africa in Faridabad.
    April 5, 1997
    Move up, move right
    Replaces the struggling captain Mark Taylor as a specialist batsman during the ODI tour of South Africa. Shows the first glimpse at international level of his batting potential, striking 77 from 88 balls in Durban.
    January 23, 1998
    Opening with an open mind
    Is promoted by Steve Waugh to open the batting in the one-day team, and in just his second match in the new role strikes 100 from 104 deliveries to guide Australia to a comfortable win over South Africa at the SCG.
    February 7, 1999
    Melbourne marauder
    Cracks 154 from 129 deliveries in an ODI against Sri Lanka in Melbourne. It is, at the time, the highest score by an Australian in a one-day international.
    November 5, 1999
    Hello, big time
    Makes his Test debut at the Gabba, the home ground of his predecessor Ian Healy. Wins over the crowd with 81 from 88 balls, as well as five catches and a stumping. His first dismissal is Mohammad Wasim, caught off Damien Fleming.
    November 21-22, 1999
    What Australia had been missing
    In only his second Test he is part of one of the most remarkable come-from-behind Test victories. At Bellerive Oval, Australia fall to 5 for 126 chasing 369 to beat Pakistan, when Gilchrist and Justin Langer combine for a 238-run stand to win the match. Gilchrist's contribution is 149 not out from 163 balls.
    March 31 - April 3, 2000
    Catchy effort
    Collects five dismissals in a Test innings for the first time, then follows with another five in the second innings. His 10 catches against New Zealand in Hamilton make him one of only three men - and the only Australian - to pouch at least 10 chances in a Test.
    December 15, 2000
    Test captain
    Is handed the captaincy in just his 12th Test after Steve Waugh is ruled out through injury. Leads Australia to a five-wicket win against West Indies in Adelaide.
    February 28, 2001
    Match-winner in Mumbai
    Turns another match on its head with Australia at 99 for 5 against India in Mumbai. Gilchrist's 122 from 112 balls - the second fifty off 29 deliveries - helps set up a 10-wicket win.
    August 26, 2001
    Another century
    Stumps Darren Gough off Shane Warne at The Oval to register his 100th Test dismissal, in his 22nd match.
    February 22-23, 2002
    Wonderful at Wanderers
    Posts his highest Test score as Australia maul South Africa by an innings and 360 runs in Johannesburg. Gilchrist's unbeaten 204 comes at almost a run a ball and features eight sixes, and Wisden says: "Gilchrist was playing with them like a cat keeping a half-dead mouse alive for entertainment". Belts another century in Cape Town and finishes the series with 473 runs at 157.66.
    October 17, 2003
    From 100 to 200 in 25 Tests
    Becomes the third Australian wicketkeeper to reach 200 Test dismissals. Achieves the milestone by catching Tatenda Taibu off Brad Hogg at the SCG.
    January 16, 2004
    Hobart high
    Hammers 172 from 126 balls against Zimbabwe in a one-dayer at Bellerive Oval. It remains his highest ODI score.
    March 17, 2004
    Crisis calls, Gilchrist answers
    Helps Australia recover from what appears a losing position to beat Sri Lanka in Kandy. Bats at No. 3 in the second innings - Australia have made 120 in their first - and puts on a 200-run partnership with Damien Martyn. Makes 144 and Australia win by 27 runs.
    October 2004
    Finally, the final frontier
    Captains Australia to their first series win in India for 35 years, guiding them through their first three Tests as they take an unassailable 2-0 lead.
    January 4, 2005
    There's always Pakistan
    Belts Pakistan into oblivion once again, hammering a century from 109 balls in Sydney. Gilchrist brings up the milestone with a straight six off Shahid Afridi and finishes with 113.
    February 19, 2005
    st Gilchrist b McGrath
    Effects the only wicket that Glenn McGrath ever wants to disown, by stumping Craig McMillan while standing up to the stumps to McGrath in an ODI in Wellington. It is the first stumping off McGrath in any senior match, and it comes off a delivery timed at 136kph.
    March 2005
    Bradmanesque
    Hammers 162 from 146 balls against New Zealand in Wellington. It is his third century in consecutive innings, making him the first Australian batsman since Don Bradman in 1947-48 to achieve the feat.
    July-September 2005
    Down in Ashes
    Australia lose the Ashes in England and Gilchrist has a poor tour, with only 19 victims from the five Tests. He later singles out the Old Trafford Test as the lowest point. He drops Michael Vaughan on 41, who goes on to make 166, and misses two simple stumping chances off Shane Warne.
    October 7, 2005
    World-beater
    Makes a mockery of the ICC World XI with 103 from 79 balls at Melbourne's Docklands Stadium. Achieves the feat against an attack boasting Muttiah Muralitharan, Daniel Vettori, Shaun Pollock, Andrew Flintoff and Shoaib Akhtar. Is eventually dismissed by Virender Sehwag.
    April 10-11, 2006
    Crisis calls again
    Saves Australia from potential embarrassment against Bangladesh in Fatullah. After Bangladesh make 427, Australia stumble to 93 for 6. Combines with the bowlers beautifully, and manages 144 to get his team back in the match. The bowlers and Ricky Ponting secure the win.
    November 24, 2006
    No. 2 in Australia
    Passes Rod Marsh's mark of 355 Test victims when he catches Paul Collingwood off Stuart Clark in the opening Ashes Test at the Gabba.
    December 16, 2006
    Endgame for England
    Destroys England with the second-fastest Test century in history, taking 57 balls and falling one delivery short of Viv Richards's record. Achieves the feat at his home ground at the WACA and thrills the crowd as he bashes his second fifty in 17 balls. Deals with Monty Panesar especially harshly, taking 24 from one memorable over. With the win in the Test, Australia win back the Ashes.
    April 28, 2007
    Sri Lanka squashed
    In a breathtaking innings of clean hitting and bravado, strikes 149 from 104 deliveries in the World Cup final as Australia beat Sri Lanka in Bridgetown. Is named Man of the Match, and later reveals part of his success was due to using a squash ball inside his glove.
    November 17, 2007
    100 X 6
    Becomes the first man to strike 100 sixes in Test cricket, when he slog-sweeps Muttiah Muralitharan out of Bellerive Oval. The ball disappears and after numerous pleas for its return it is tracked down to Melbourne and given back to Gilchrist.
    December 27, 2007
    Healy on his heels
    Takes a regulation outside edge from Wasim Jaffer off Brett Lee to register his 396th Test victim. The catch at the MCG moves him past Ian Healy to become Australia's leading wicketkeeper in terms of dismissals.
    January 4, 2008
    Catching up with Boucher
    Becomes the second wicketkeeper to reach 400 Test dismissals when he catches MS Dhoni off Brett Lee in Sydney.
    January 25, 2008
    Surpassing Boucher
    Takes a regulation outside edge to remove Anil Kumble off Mitchell Johnson's bowling in Adelaide. The catch takes Gilchrist to 414 Test victims and he passes Mark Boucher to become the world-record holder for most wicketkeeping dismissals. He achieves the milestone in his 96th Test.
    January 26, 2008
    When people ask why, not when
    Announces his retirement from all forms of cricket, effective from the end of the CB Series.
    February 15, 2008
    One for the home ground
    Scores 118 against Sri Lanka, his 16th and last ODI hundred as he bids farewell to the WACA.
    February 29, 2008
    One for the road
    Blitzes 83 off 50 balls in his last appearance at the MCG, but his knock proves to be in vain as Australia succumb to a 13-run loss.
    March 4, 2008
    Not the best farewell
    Gilchrist bows out quietly when he scores just two runs in Australia's nine-run loss to India in the second final of the CB Series at the Gabba.
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