Punjab v Mumbai, IPL 2013, Dharamsala

Gilchrist 0.1-0-0-1

Plays of the day from the IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians in Dharamsala

Sidharth Monga

May 18, 2013

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Adam Gilchrist acknowledges the crowd after bringing up his fifty, Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2013, Bangalore, May 14, 2013
File photo: There was no raising of the bat for Gilchrist on his last day with Kings XI Punjab, but there was enough joy © BCCI

The ball
Adam Gilchrist has a T20 bowling average of zero, has a strike rate of 1, and the gratitude of the smiles he brought to people's faces.

Gilchrist has shown lovely self-deprecation about his IPL retirement last year. Having come out of retirement, having finished another season, he said it was highly unlikely any team will go for a 42-year-old now that the existing contracts are over.

Then having all but won the match, he took off his hat, asked Praveen Kumar to keep wicket and came on to bowl the last over of the match. Offbreak was his weapon, Harbhajan Singh the victim. He was also the last man in, because Dhawal Kulkarni after him was injured.

Gilchrist bowled flattish, on off, in Harbhajan's arc, who swung hard. But the bottom hand came off the handle, and he holed out to long-on. Joyful celebrations kicked off. Gurkeerat Singh, the catcher, laughed in an unbelieving manner. Gilchrist went on to mimic Kieron Pollard's trademark celebration and improvised on Harbhajan's version of the Gangnam-style. No bitterness was involved, though. He said he forgot to do Darren Sammy's "rock-the-baby" dance. Gilly, you beauty.

The run-out
Piyush Chawla might be the same height as Sunil Gavaskar, but he doesn't have the same nous. Not with the bat at any rate. Off the penultimate ball off Kings XI Punjab's innings, when he ran back for a difficult second he didn't bother about grounding his bat. The throw was wide, which had given him time to make it, but he was run out even though his bat was over the line but in the air.

A new batsman, Praveen Kumar, faced the last ball, and his stump went for a walk.

The commentary
Gilchrist flopped with the bat on his final day, but enjoyed the commentary while keeping. The reactions were superb. When Aditya Tare pulled Azhar Mahmood for a flat six, the mic was not off, and we could hear the "ooooooo", which suggested both disappointment and praise for the shot. Immediately he said, "That was the ball I was expecting from Coulter-Nile."

Making his IPL debut, Nathan Coulter-Nile had earlier bowled Gilchrist on the pull with a ball that was not short enough for the shot.

The comeback
In the fourth over of the chase, Tare lofted Sandeep Sharma for a straight six. It was not a half-volley. It was taken on the up, and picked up on the up. That can be a demoralising sight for the bowler, who has done nothing wrong. Sandeep, though, came back with a similar delivery with the subtle difference of seaming it back in to beat the inside edge and flatten two of Tare's stumps.

The catch
Gilchrist might be retiring, but he showed his eyes and hands were working all right. Chawla bowled Rohit Sharma with a quicker ball, which took a big deflection off the top of the off stump, but straight into Gilchrist's gloves.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (May 20, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

Gilly my all time fav..Superb Gangsam style after picking Bhajjis Wicket..Gilly is only Perfect Wicket Keeper batsman till date..I wish Gilly to see next Year also...Come back Gilly dont retire from IPL...

Posted by   on (May 19, 2013, 8:41 GMT)

Incredible for a guy who hasn't bowled a single ball in his test, ODI, T20 or IPL career todate, to get a wicket in his first and (last?) ball !! Brilliant or Gilliant !!

Posted by   on (May 19, 2013, 7:01 GMT)

Adam Gilchrist has always been the epitome of greatness. Great aussie who played hard and fair. Perfect finish to a great career. Thanks for the entertainment Gilly.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2013, 5:22 GMT)

Gilchrist has a bowling average. It is 0.00

Posted by GooglyDragonPhoenix777 on (May 19, 2013, 4:42 GMT)

NOBODY can deny that Gilly is an all-time great. I'm just another boy who has utmost respect for this true sportsman.

Posted by Lakpj on (May 19, 2013, 0:00 GMT)

Great player a true gentleman. Arguably the best wicket keeper batsman of all time. Hope he will have a happy retirement.

Posted by   on (May 18, 2013, 23:07 GMT)

Pollards caught hat trick of No Ball, Free Hit and then out. Thats got to be extremly rare Hit Trick

Posted by agstiger on (May 18, 2013, 22:24 GMT)

Gilly is the best cricketer from every respect. The breath taking and marauding shots of Gilly's blade will be in memory forever. Wonderful gentleman too...Hope he continues his association with IPL so we can still see him. Hopefully, these budding Indian cricketers can learn something from a man like him.

Posted by   on (May 18, 2013, 21:56 GMT)

u a legend gilly........love ur integrity...im happy i could c u play rather than the next generation which will just read about u....u go do wat makes u happy...u did this game the best any guy whos passionate about cricket..u n sachin r the reason i still watch cricket....

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