Kings XI Punjab v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2012, Dharamsala May 20, 2012

'I've played my last game of cricket' - Gilchrist

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Adam Gilchrist, the Kings XI Punjab captain, has said his playing career looks to be over. Gilchrist, who retired from international cricket in 2008, captained Deccan Chargers to the IPL title in 2009 and took over the leadership of Kings XI in 2011. The defeat against Delhi Daredevils in Dharamsala on Saturday, he said, was his last game, and added he would consider a full-time coaching role with Kings XI if offered; he'd been carrying the dual responsibility of captain and coach/mentor this season.

"I would say I've played my last game of cricket just there," Gilchrist said after the match. "I'll go away and have a think about it and talk to the franchise. If the franchise is still keen to keep me involved as coach, which is a role I've really enjoyed, I find that I still enjoy being around the group. To be honest I didn't miss the cricket that much.

"I loved the fact that I could play the last couple of games, but I didn't have the horrible desire that I was missing out. There isn't that fire burning in my belly quite like it used to. I have to think about it but I just feel I won't be playing."

Kings XI were shut out of contention for a place in the playoffs after they were beaten in their final league game by Daredevils. Gilchrist missed nearly a month of the IPL action this season due to a hamstring injury. "To miss the playoffs was disappointing. But there were some positives, especially the performance of some of the domestic players. Mandeep Singh, Gurkeerat Singh, Parvinder Awana... They've all done well and the exciting thing is that there's still scope for them to learn, improve, develop and make that adjustment to the next level."

Gilchrist has played 67 IPL games, scoring 1775 runs at 27.73 and a strike-rate of 140.20. He's scored two centuries and 10 fifties. Of his IPL experience, Gilchrist said: "The IPL will feature prominently in my memories of cricket. To come with a team that was last the previous year and win the title was very special (Deccan Chargers). One of the great memories of my cricket career was at this ground last year -- that partnership (206 against Royal Challengers Bangalore) with Shaun (Marsh). So yeah, it has been a great experience."

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  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | May 23, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    A distinguished career Gilly that will be remembered for a very long time - I watched you playing at district level 25 years ago & you have left an eclectic legacy for all other wicketkeeper batsman to follow...

  • POSTED BY JimmyDee on | May 21, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    @KarachiKid, Gilly wasn't the batsman who should have walked it was Langer, who even admitted he hit the cover off it. The umpire was Peter Parker not Darrell Hair. Wrong on both counts. Do your research.

  • POSTED BY DaDaL0G on | May 21, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    No gilly :( Play some more seasons of IPL We want Trophy in your Hands in Your Last Match Plz. Love You Gilly You are the most COmplete wicket keeper Batsman in History of Cricket. Look the Old Sheeps like sachin they are still playing so you may Also play.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Never gonna forget you Gilly!!!You were my one of the best captain and wk & batsman.Hats off.

  • POSTED BY asithaSL on | May 21, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Hat Off to my loving Legend...!! true hero..!! All da very best 4 coaching roll Mr.Gilly.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Great wicket keeper & batsmen forever Role Model for Youngers Hats off to you.

    Gilly is the Gentleman of Gentlemens Game..

  • POSTED BY abid.asgher on | May 21, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    Gilly we will miss you please don't leave Cricket as your are the best of the best and we love you and your your game your are the real legend of all times.........

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    i think he is performing well,,,,so he shud continue playng......

  • POSTED BY Shamim_araf on | May 21, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Hat's off 2 All Time Best Wicket Keeper Batsman in World Cricket History.Whenever i watch u,it means entertainment start running.......so at last entertainment ends.....

  • POSTED BY inshad on | May 21, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    I have never seen a genuine cricketer like you from Australia....I am a Sri Lankan...But you are my all time favorite....Do not leave the cricket...at least we wanna see you as a coach.....All the best for your future...

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | May 23, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    A distinguished career Gilly that will be remembered for a very long time - I watched you playing at district level 25 years ago & you have left an eclectic legacy for all other wicketkeeper batsman to follow...

  • POSTED BY JimmyDee on | May 21, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    @KarachiKid, Gilly wasn't the batsman who should have walked it was Langer, who even admitted he hit the cover off it. The umpire was Peter Parker not Darrell Hair. Wrong on both counts. Do your research.

  • POSTED BY DaDaL0G on | May 21, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    No gilly :( Play some more seasons of IPL We want Trophy in your Hands in Your Last Match Plz. Love You Gilly You are the most COmplete wicket keeper Batsman in History of Cricket. Look the Old Sheeps like sachin they are still playing so you may Also play.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Never gonna forget you Gilly!!!You were my one of the best captain and wk & batsman.Hats off.

  • POSTED BY asithaSL on | May 21, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Hat Off to my loving Legend...!! true hero..!! All da very best 4 coaching roll Mr.Gilly.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Great wicket keeper & batsmen forever Role Model for Youngers Hats off to you.

    Gilly is the Gentleman of Gentlemens Game..

  • POSTED BY abid.asgher on | May 21, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    Gilly we will miss you please don't leave Cricket as your are the best of the best and we love you and your your game your are the real legend of all times.........

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    i think he is performing well,,,,so he shud continue playng......

  • POSTED BY Shamim_araf on | May 21, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Hat's off 2 All Time Best Wicket Keeper Batsman in World Cricket History.Whenever i watch u,it means entertainment start running.......so at last entertainment ends.....

  • POSTED BY inshad on | May 21, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    I have never seen a genuine cricketer like you from Australia....I am a Sri Lankan...But you are my all time favorite....Do not leave the cricket...at least we wanna see you as a coach.....All the best for your future...

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | May 21, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    probably the right decision but you have been a true entertainer gilly and more importantly, you have shown how to play the game in the right spirit...

  • POSTED BY Taz786 on | May 21, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Great 'Match Winner' on his day, sadly this season he looked a shadow of himself and he's realised that and done the right thing, many others would have milked it for as long as they could and keep taking the lucrative IPL Contracts.

    Well played Gilly sir, you certainly entertained us. Thanks. All the best.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Two gentlemen leave the IPL with heads held high. Gilly and Dravid. Dada was clearly out of his depth, much as I admire his batting.

    Why doesn't that guy who misses people in the dressing room also check out? Oh Yes, he cannot do so thanks to all his sponsors and the Ambanis. Come on Sachin, you are totally out of place in the IPL and the Indian dressing room. You have achieved everything there is to achieve and more. Hanging around any longer will not provide happiness to you or your fans. Let youngsters like Pujara, Badri, Yuvi etc. grow into their roles.

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    Legend of the game retires, you will be missed gilly

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    gilly ur the all time best cricketr

  • POSTED BY on | May 21, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    The legendary Aussie.........

  • POSTED BY S.F.Ali on | May 21, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    Loooonggg liiiive Gilly!

  • POSTED BY NikhilNair on | May 21, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    What a gentleman and a great sportsperson! He knows when to play, and when to leave. Salute from a cricket lover :)

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | May 21, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    The greatest Wicket keeper batsmen of all time. As Benaud said one of the cleanest strikers of the ball in the game.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    cricket will not b cricket for me without Gilchrist...

  • POSTED BY Indians_Rulez on | May 20, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    We All Gonna Miss You Gilly

  • POSTED BY SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on | May 20, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    GilChrist is a Champion but Punjab Will Never qualify for Playoffs in the Future thats for sure

  • POSTED BY Ingerland on | May 20, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    Made life as an England fan hell for years. Grown to love him in the IPL though!

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    So long, Gilly. On of the true sportsmen & professionals quits.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Tho you are a Australian, When you started playing for IPL we never think'd you were a australian. You born genius. There is no necessity of retiring from IPL... you are scoring more than run a ball in all the matches. you are a real entertainer.. pls dont retire...

  • POSTED BY kashifkhan7 on | May 20, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    the best swing bowler (wasim akram) told that gilli was the batsman he likes. the wide variety of shots give him any length any line he will smash u to boundary beside that a wonderful personality the just perfect time to retire, well he is right there seem to be no fire in his belly. but ganguly does not have belly not big heart not self belief a person should have retired from IPL last year have been deservingly kicked off by pune warriors. DADA borrow some courage from GILLI.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    i really remember that semi final of world cup when you have just nicked the ball and not even waited for umpire decission , who i think would have given not out bcoz it was very slight edge . it show true character and sportsmanship which i think every player of world has to learn . Best of luck for future .

  • POSTED BY aussiecurry on | May 20, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    hats of to you mate,u were a perfect gentleman of the gentlemen's game,we don't want to miss u hope preity will keep u as a coach which will be fruitful to KXlP,i still remember ur last innings hundred against england and wants to c u doing more of those,goodluck and well wishes

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | May 20, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    If Gilly can admit it (and he actually played some vital knocks this year), why can't the ever aging Ganguly admit it (crucial in many of his teams losses this year)?

  • POSTED BY Smeagol_Gollum on | May 20, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    U r right guys..Ganguly got to learn from Gilly..

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    Gilly = Chris gayle + sehwag

    miss u amigo...

  • POSTED BY GerrardLK on | May 20, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    My all time favourite cricketer. In int'l arena he proved he's the Legend, The best wicket keeper & the most fearless & entertaining batsman. Now when he got the opportunity in IPL, he proved hie is a true Leader & Mentor. We Salute you Sir Adam Gilchrist.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    yes gilly we love u veru much and will really miss u in the field i was watching IPL for u only gelly miss u and my son shams love u very much and was crying wneh u told that u have played u last cricket match of u r life

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Gilly that is enough to prove how he behaves in field.Miss U Gilly.

  • POSTED BY m_kamb on | May 20, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    First slap was from Michael clark when he declare innings at 329* and second slap from gilly on the face sachin tendulkar.

  • POSTED BY Pilotprem on | May 20, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    great man Gilly , i love you & your true gamesmanship spirit , even in last match with CSK when annirudha stopped the ball @ boundary & fall down injured , you didnt take the third run , thats great man

    we INDIANS will miss you , tnx for your entertainment , i will make my son play like you ,

  • POSTED BY jokerbala on | May 20, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    are you not embarrassed even in the slightest bit Mr. Ganguly? shake off your delusions of grandeur.

  • POSTED BY IndianFromBangalore on | May 20, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    A real stalwart and gentleman of the game!! Cricket world will miss you playing. . .

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    LOVE YOU Gilli. LOVE you. LOVE You...

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    hope ganguly is reading and listening ...u should know where to stop....

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    he was indeed a hero!!!we hardly can find such a rare pro batsman!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Its simple for me. No Gillii no IPL..

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    ADAM GILCHRIST - SPORTSMAN EXTRAORDINAIRE. He may have played his last match but I pray his expertise as a batsman/wicket-keeper and ESPECIALLY HIS SPORTSMANSHIP will be retained by history as an example to be followed nay LIVED by all sportsmen. How many of us will be willing to walk when the umpire has said that you are NOT OUT? He did not prove that cricket is a team game INSTEAD HE SHOWED BY HIS SPORTSMANSHIP THAT CRICKET IS MEANT TO BE AN HONEST TEAM GAME! I believe he will succeed wherever he goes. Personally I do hope he is retained as a coach because that's what he wants! Which fan of his wouldn't want to have the joy to see him play and even foolishly risk being disappointed. Nay, its better for him to decide because he knows his body best! HIS SPORTSMANSHIP is adequate to demand that he leaves on a high!AMEN!

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    Good Bye Gily......be happy all the time. You give cricket a lot.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    u rockz man............ i wanna see u next year as the KIXP coach............LOVE U

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    It is indeed the start of the end of the IPL career for most of the senior players. (ganguly, gilly, sanga, mahela, murali, rahul, etc) Kumble & Warne stands as the gentlemen of the game for their decision to quit the game at the right time unlike others who went on playing purely for greediness. And it is very sad to see how some senior level players give more importants to league games rather than national commitment (gayle, malinga) After using nation and their facilities to build the name these players betray the country by not representing the nation. All knows how big these players are paid by the leagues. It is not a secret any more.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    I dont know what way Gilgrist is worse than DADA .... He can continue to play until Ganguly retires ..... Dude we have worst players still playing .... why you wanna retire ??? Think again Adam ....

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    Gilchrist is a great cricketer, and it will be great to see him involved in Indian Cricket. IPL has really brought the cricketing fraternity together. It is in line with all other events that happen around the world, like European Football, and US Football. There is also no harm in cricketers making money, but India can gain a lot by making betting legal. This will not only bring down betting in illegal market (satta) but also bring in more money to indian coffers. Betting is legal in almost all countries.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    cricket wont be same without you GILLY..you have always set some of the very high standard of sportsmanship and created different league of flamboyancy in the cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    What's the matter Adam? Has the milk dried up? Or are you just tired of milking that cow? Anyway, thanks for the entertainment dude: You were a treat to watch!

  • POSTED BY AJkhanna on | May 20, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Walk in to the sunset, you legend! You lit up the IPL. Thanks for the memories.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    One of the all time greats of world cricket. Farewell Gilly!!! Gonna miss you :(

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    we miss u ...u are the best and my Legend-my hero in cricket world and best classic and superb player ...... and i am not expressing in my words that u r greatness we miss u .....always when i saw cricket

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Must 'll miss you Mr. Entertainer of cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    I have been watching the IPL from the beginning for one and only reason- and that is to witness the Legend-my hero play. Love you Gilly..You are the true epitome of honesty and sportsmanship and the game will really miss you.

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | May 20, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Gilchrist retired 4 years ago at the age of 36. He hasn't played an international or domestic match since then, not first class, not ODI, not domestic ODD, not even domestic T20. The one and only reason he plays IPL is to try to make money, the kind of money that wasn't available throughout his playing career. And why not? It entertains fans and gives him a bit of money to keep him going for the rest of his life. But this isn't a real retirement. It is just a retirement from the IPL. It is just him saying "I've made enough money now."

  • POSTED BY SanjivAwesome on | May 20, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    Gilly, professional, wickety, and batsman who impressed me with his captaincy, coaching and teamwork. Do such greats have to retire? Why not try a hand at BBL too.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    wish Dada is listening ...

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Adam Gilchrist is indeed one of my favourite cricketers , he has taken the double role of wicket-keeper-batsman to a higher level. He has given superb service to Australia Cricket and was one of the key players together with Matthew Haden , Shane Warne and Glen McGrath that were responsible for the dominance of the Australian team for more than a decade prior to their retirement . Gilchrist has left a void in the Australian Team after 4 years his position is still vacant. Whether as a number 7 or as an opener he was fantastic. May God continue to bless this great cricketer

  • POSTED BY minc on | May 20, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    @Ross_Co, playing cricket even at county level requires fitness, dedication and commitment. I'd consider it a mini career. Playing in back yard is not mandatory and recurring like IPL matches were. He is one of genuine players known of his sportsmanship. I hope he is around as a coach next year.

  • POSTED BY intcamd on | May 20, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Gilchrist played 67 IPL games, scored 1775 runs, ....

    The real important is missing. Gilchrist played 67 IPL games, made 4.7 mil dollars, at an average of 70,000 dollars a game. Something like that.

    We all know why retired has been players come to IPL from Australia or SA or Eng. And just how much special memory it holds for them. It is the memory of bank balance building up, even as they despise the playing country, the sounds, the noise, the smells, and the craziness. Speak to them in 2 years, you will not hear a single good word from them on IPL again.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    hero!!! better than sachin tendulkar,bradman,ponting

  • POSTED BY Jimmy_Jim on | May 20, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    I really thought he retired from the IPL last season. Sad to see players go when they're past his prime, though he did smash a century towards the end of the last season which was nice.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    What a Cricketer ! has huge respect for his opponents and One of the Best sportsmen ever !! Thanks For all those amazing moments

  • POSTED BY ashekahmed on | May 20, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    NOT ONLY A GREAT CRICKETER.......BUT ALSO AS A GREAT HUMAN BEING.....WE SALUTE U GILLY

  • POSTED BY electrified_don on | May 20, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    hats off to you sir, you were the definition of a true sportsman. you were the champ in the arena, the game of cricket will miss your legendary hitting, innings,sportsmanship, leadership simply everything. The only problem for us(your fans) is that both legends & leaders are only born, they can't be made. we may have to for years to another legend like you.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | May 20, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    IPL should remove all these old players like Dravid, Tendulkar etc. They are great players but not for T20. If you look at the stats none of these players are performing. Why pay the non-performers? Besides IPL is about finding new talent and not encouraging international cricket players to prolong their careers. Gilchrist is one cricketer who hit it right in terms of retirement in all formats of the game.

  • POSTED BY ashekahmed on | May 20, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    NOT ONLY A GREAT CRICKETER.......BUT ALSO AS A GREAT HUMAN BEING.....WE SALUTE U GILLY

  • POSTED BY vennyjazz on | May 20, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    Take bow to this true legend !!!! Great players not only play great but they also when to call it a day....people like ganguly should learn from this true master.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Salute to one of the most entertainer of the game...we will miss Adam Gilchrist..

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    the living legend, world's all time best wicket keeper batsman,and a rolemodel for new generation cricketers. we miss u GILLY and we love u........,

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | May 20, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    Here's one man who was the very best in his trade, bidding farewell. Gilly was the reason, Australia and the IPL franchisees won many a match. And Gilly was perhaps the only exception and reason why some people still respected the Australian team despite their legendary behaviour on field. He seems a great family man and all the best to the great individual!

  • POSTED BY faiazuddin on | May 20, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Gilly the game will miss u so much.i personally met him, and I liked him. Great player of all time. Sachin is for himself, gilly is for the team.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Gilly.. A true Gentleman on the field.. Last incident was when Anirudha got injured at the boundry... Will miss you..

  • POSTED BY randomwaffle12 on | May 20, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    Mark Smith, lets start a petition!

  • POSTED BY muh189 on | May 20, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    the enthralling and exciting entertainment he provided to International Cricket will live long in my memories.....sad to hear you say that u are hanging up your boots......MISS YOU!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY matchfixerpkn on | May 20, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    gilchrist is nothing comapred to all time best shakib and tamim iqbal..they are best cricketer world produced yet.. inshaa allah

  • POSTED BY Ross_Co on | May 20, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    IPL hardly counts as part of a 'playing career'. May as well count playing tipsy in the back yard with the kids. I dare say most Australians were unaware that he was even in the IPL - still, I dare say it was a well deserved little earner for such a great player.

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | May 20, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    An exceptional talent, no doubt.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Yet another MASTER is about to hang up his boots. Thanks for all the fine moments .

  • POSTED BY waheed1233 on | May 20, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    By far the greatest wicketkeeper batsman and one of the cricket's all time best!

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Bye champ,you have been an entertainer and inspiring character throughout your illustrious career.WE WILL MISS YOU.

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | May 20, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    This is the difference between ORDINARY ADAM GILCHRIST and GREAT SOURAV GANGULI.

  • POSTED BY Nicholas94 on | May 20, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    It's a shame that another great player has to bite the dust.. Farewell Gilly! Was a champion and still is!

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    How about a final hurrah for Gilly in the Big Bash! C'mon pal, would love to see that shot to cow corner on your home soil for one last time.

  • POSTED BY bdsmaruf on | May 20, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    there is no doubt, one of the greatest wicketkeeper batsman of the world. we will miss u gily. we love u.

  • POSTED BY squidhead on | May 20, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    Yep, sounds like a man who's satisfied with his lot and is walking away with no unfinished business. Couldn't be happier for him really, he's been a class act all the way and I think we'll only fully realise how special he was in years to come. Cheers Gilly, and best of luck in whatever you choose to do with yourself from here on in.

  • POSTED BY zuber21886 on | May 20, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    noooooooooo don't goooo we enjoy your batting, where would cricket find another gilly

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    i loved cricket because of u, GILLY. will miss u alt. have great days ahead

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | May 20, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    What a star, what a legend, what a gentleman! The thing I will always regret about Gilly is the time CA wasted with Healy when Gilly was already thrashing the daylights out of everyone for WA. Gilly changed the WK/Batsman role for ever and his batting alone is par with the great Sir Viv. He was disaster of a guy to walk in at #7 for what was already a indimidating top order and his heorics at the top of the order in one dayers is second to none. I recall him making a hunderd with Langer to chase down a huge Pakistan target in Hobart early in his career and we know a star was born. We will miss this true legend og the game and most of all he was humble gentlemen, a rare breed that walked even in a WC semi final when the umpire said not out. The legend will be hard to match. Thanks for the memories Gilly.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Gilly is the most exciting player so far i watched cricket. I love him very much and like to see him in cricket ground. Come to BD for coaching our guys.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    As a kid i had grown up watching this Great man playing cricket and had taken very little time for me to become his fan and had always.. i remember the days i woke up at 4am to watch Ausie matches and skip many days of college .just for one reason.....to watch my Gilly... Irrespective of his batting or wicket keeping.. when i heard he is playing for Middlesex i rushed to Lords to catch him Live Action and was great feeling for catching him practice in front of me for one last time in Hyderabad a couple of days ago.. what ever the team he played i simply supported it namely Australia, Deccan Chargers, Kings x1 Punjab ... but when i heard today he will no-longer play in next year IPl, i was disappointed even though i knew it was coming but All good things has to come to an end. Here i am saluting my cricket legend and sure the game is Very Boring to me in future without you.You will be remembered as the best Wicket Keeper

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    See these are the brave players who know when its time to completely quit like Warne, Gilchrist, Pollock, Anil Kumble. I respect these players but for some people like Tendulker, Ganguly who love the lime light so much and want all the attentions, just will never quit to the point they are ready to make their own teams loose.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    Only reason now that i'm going to watch IPL now is just because of Rahul Dravid...Good bye Gilly...gr8 fan of yours :)

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    A true gentleman of cricket that has had enough of the IPL drama I guess...

  • POSTED BY KarachiKid on | May 20, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Great player. Hats off. Only disappointment is that in 1999 in Hobart Test, Gilly should have walked himself when clearly out - something (walking himself) that he did most of his career. That game maybe he wanted to make his position permanent in Aussy lineup. That day Aussies has 12th man playing for them in umpire Darrel Hair.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    thank you GILLY. we INDIANS luv u much. YOU r the best WICKET-KEEPER-BATSMAN of all time.WE really MISS u. LOVE YA..............<3 <3 <3

  • POSTED BY chilled_avenger on | May 20, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Adam Gilchrist is one of the greatest Legends of the game! A perfectly unique combination of fighting spirit and fairness,which the world might never see again. It was so heartening to see Gilly not taking the third run during the match against CSK because he knew that the fielder,Aniruddha was injured! And now he is retiring from the IPL even though no one actually forced him to so,he is doing that because he knows he can no longer keep up to the high standards he set for himself! Gilly and Shane Warne were the Best captains in IPL history because the way they groomed the local talent and not just relied on International players! So many youngsters like Rohit Sharma,Pragyan Ojha,Rahul Sharma,T. Suman etc. were given the confidence to perform thanks to Gilly's guidance! I remember last year in an article,Rahul Sharma said that Gilly devoted time and pushed him to perform up to his potential despite Rahul's critical eye condition. How many IPL Captains would do that?

  • POSTED BY Muhtasim13 on | May 20, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    Goodbye.. its really sad to see you go :(

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 20, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    He should sign off with a BBL stint in Oz, nah, enjoy the retirement matey!

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    another great player has decided to retire from IPl. miss u gilly

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Sourav Ganguly are you listening?

  • POSTED BY rawcrickettalent on | May 20, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    DISSAPOINTED! GoodBye Gilly!1 My favourite player and wicket keeper ever! you are one of the Greats and definitly the greatest wicket keeper ..Hats OFF!

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    Thank You Adam Gilchrist. Best wicketkeeping batsman in Modern Era by Indian supporter

  • POSTED BY Vasilev on | May 20, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    An Absolute Champion..We Indians Love you..

  • POSTED BY punter18 on | May 20, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    Auf Wiedersehen, Gilchrist! You were of great service to the game... :)

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    No Gilly no, please do not do that, you are the shining example of the "gentleman" game which is called cricket. You are the best boss & the true legend. And if you have made up your mind then best of luck Gilly, you have entertained us all by your playing and mostly by your sportsmanship. We will miss you Sir..

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    adam we will misss u...ur a legend n a true gentleman.....m ur biggest fan...hope i may get a chance to meet u 1day...I thnk I may stop watchin ipl if ur not there...though m frm hyd but i was supporting punjab juss cause u...

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    one of the greatest cricketer ever..the most entertaining....defined the concept of wicket keeper batsman.. i think hi best inning in IPL was 86 against delhi in ipl 2009 semifinal..it was brutal pushing aside the likes of nannes and nehra..memorable innings...

  • POSTED BY vrn59 on | May 20, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    I salute Adam Gilchrist! A true gentleman and a fantastic player! Sad to see him go...

  • POSTED BY class9ryan on | May 20, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    Farewell !!! 1 of d greatest cricketers who ever had played cricket No doubts d best wicket keeper batsman of all time A true SportsMan U always will b in my heart Whenever i see somebody keeping u will b remembered . Gilly u r a true legend Hope u live ur rest of d life with peace & happiness WOULD LOVE 2 C U IN D Big Bash NEXT YEAR

  • POSTED BY aus-j on | May 20, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    THANKS GILI, IT IS SO NICE TO SEE YOU IN IPL, AS WELL AS FOR AUSTRALIA, YOU WIL NOT FORGET IN CRICKET... GOOD LUCK MATE...

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    A Great Player... A Great Man.... Treat to watch, Good luck to Gilli in Future...

  • POSTED BY Rick777 on | May 20, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    Go Gilly. Would love to see you as coach next year...

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    A true Legend.., Game changer and an ultimate human being..!! The only player who can be fit into a world XI of any generation... All the best gilly.. 'coz we are privillaged to live in the same era when u played the game..All the very best..:) YOU ARE THE BEST THING HAPPEND TO CRICKET...

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    Adam is hell of man !!! He is one of the best things that has happened to Indian cricket because of the IPL , i remember those matches when Deccan won the IPL especially final where they defended a modest total and even in this edition how punjab played with lot of pride and lot of local players like mandep and Awana played for their respective franchise. It will be great if we can have in the next season as coach , that will really help lot of Indian players , In the end Just want to say "Thanks to Adam ", he had given lot of wonderful moments in the cricket to all across the world

  • POSTED BY zawais on | May 20, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    What a quality player he was......his action packed innings will always be missed

  • POSTED BY AndrewFromOz on | May 20, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Well played Gillie. The game is all the better for your contribution.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | May 20, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    LOVE YOU GILLY , YOU R ALWAYS MY FAVOURITE AUSSIE CRICKETER ALONG WITH WARNIE .

  • POSTED BY Adeel9 on | May 20, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    Ah this is bad. I believe Gilchrist can still go for one more year but it the player's call after all. He'll be missed.

  • POSTED BY loki897 on | May 20, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    Well Done Gilly. You have done your country proud.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Farewell Gilly.. We'll surely miss you

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | May 20, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    Perfection is the only word for Ghili. Pure Genius.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    Kudos to a great player and true cricketing Gentleman.... We will miss you!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    One of the few Aussie cricketers I had time for. A great competitor but also came across as a gent of the game, who can forget when he walked thinking he had the ball. That is why even the English have respect for the guy unlike their thoughts on Ponting.

  • POSTED BY AusieBangaleeShameem on | May 20, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    Well done Gilly -- you've made Australians proud! We'll miss your DLF sixes!!!

  • POSTED BY CRICFAN_007 on | May 20, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    Thanks a lot GILLY!!:) always loved to watch u play cricket. Hope and wish u still be there in the IPL for many more years !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY CRICFAN_007 on | May 20, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    Thanks a lot GILLY!!:) always loved to watch u play cricket. Hope and wish u still be there in the IPL for many more years !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY A_HTIMAN on | May 20, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    Hats off to you legend. Would love to see that whatever you do that you bring the attacking spirit back into the game. Just like you did against CSK with 3 slips. Wish you a sucessful retirement

  • POSTED BY sherishahmir on | May 20, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    We all miss Gilly stint in IPL, he is wonderful crickter who can single handedly win the game for the team, The most destructive batsman seen by world cricket ever, and played a great deal in the Australian dominance in the world cricket between June 1999 till 2008. Despite his absence to the most IPL games for KXIP, D Hussey did lead the team impressively,unfortunately KXIP could not make to the playoff finals, but their 2012 performance compared with the previous versions were phenominal.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    Gilly....talk about class,caliber,entertainment,sportsmanship....he has everything in store for you..the cricketing world will miss you Gilly....your the best ever!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    Miss U Gilly.................U Are Great Player...................

  • POSTED BY nikhil_tawde on | May 20, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    Well said Gilly, you will always be one of the great servants of the game.

  • POSTED BY Cric_Wiz on | May 20, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    Gilli, u are da best. We ll definitely miss ur fire power, u r 1 of da prolific batsman in this era. Luv u all da way and ll miss u.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    its great to see your last match in india

  • POSTED BY nikhil11 on | May 20, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    Hail to the real champ........ you will always be remembered for one of the devastating batsmen in world cricket......

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    what a great cricketer he is

  • POSTED BY crindex on | May 20, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    Game of Cricket will certainly miss you Gilly !

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    WE WILL MISS U GILLY!! ONE OF THE GREATEST CRICKETERS I VE SEEN IN MY LIFE!! BEST OF LUCK WITH UR COACHING :)

  • POSTED BY rohan024 on | May 20, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    The real legend of the game...3 WC finals, 2 fifties and a ruthless century...now that's a record half of this world will give its right arm for...almost 75% WON record in the test matches he played...now that's a record other half of the world will give its right arm for.

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  • POSTED BY rohan024 on | May 20, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    The real legend of the game...3 WC finals, 2 fifties and a ruthless century...now that's a record half of this world will give its right arm for...almost 75% WON record in the test matches he played...now that's a record other half of the world will give its right arm for.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    WE WILL MISS U GILLY!! ONE OF THE GREATEST CRICKETERS I VE SEEN IN MY LIFE!! BEST OF LUCK WITH UR COACHING :)

  • POSTED BY crindex on | May 20, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    Game of Cricket will certainly miss you Gilly !

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    what a great cricketer he is

  • POSTED BY nikhil11 on | May 20, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    Hail to the real champ........ you will always be remembered for one of the devastating batsmen in world cricket......

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    its great to see your last match in india

  • POSTED BY Cric_Wiz on | May 20, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    Gilli, u are da best. We ll definitely miss ur fire power, u r 1 of da prolific batsman in this era. Luv u all da way and ll miss u.

  • POSTED BY nikhil_tawde on | May 20, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    Well said Gilly, you will always be one of the great servants of the game.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    Miss U Gilly.................U Are Great Player...................

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    Gilly....talk about class,caliber,entertainment,sportsmanship....he has everything in store for you..the cricketing world will miss you Gilly....your the best ever!!!