Punjab v Mumbai, IPL 2013, Dharamsala May 18, 2013

Gilchrist 0.1-0-0-1

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

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • on May 18, 2013, 23:27 GMT

    For all the Aussies who think Indian fans go bonkers over cricket, get swayed by emotions, and watch cricket less rationally and more emotionally, we Indians appreciate stars, who despite their celebrity status exhibit humble behaviour and are down to earth. The brain has always been preferred to brawn in India, and hence guys like Anil Kumble, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid are held in high esteem in India because the way these people conducted themselves on the field and off the field. They were tremendous role models for any kid playing cricket on the street. The same can be said about Gilly, he is adored in India by me and countless others like me. He showed that one can be fiercely competitive and exhibit virtues of sportsmanship at the same time. I still remember being a 10 year old and enthralled by Gilly, I remember the scenes of 2003 world cup semi final where Gilly walked despite being declared not out. We will miss you Gilly, so long, so long.

  • 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...

  • 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 !!

  • 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.

  • on May 19, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    Gilchrist has a bowling average. It is 0.00

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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....

  • on May 18, 2013, 23:27 GMT

    For all the Aussies who think Indian fans go bonkers over cricket, get swayed by emotions, and watch cricket less rationally and more emotionally, we Indians appreciate stars, who despite their celebrity status exhibit humble behaviour and are down to earth. The brain has always been preferred to brawn in India, and hence guys like Anil Kumble, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid are held in high esteem in India because the way these people conducted themselves on the field and off the field. They were tremendous role models for any kid playing cricket on the street. The same can be said about Gilly, he is adored in India by me and countless others like me. He showed that one can be fiercely competitive and exhibit virtues of sportsmanship at the same time. I still remember being a 10 year old and enthralled by Gilly, I remember the scenes of 2003 world cup semi final where Gilly walked despite being declared not out. We will miss you Gilly, so long, so long.

  • 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...

  • 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 !!

  • 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.

  • on May 19, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    Gilchrist has a bowling average. It is 0.00

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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....

  • KingOwl on May 18, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    It's brilliant that Gilly got that wicket. How wonderful. Didn't like him when he was playing for Australia. But, that was a long time ago! It's great to see a great in the game finish off in great style.

  • on May 18, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Simply Superb Gilly... No words to explain his gratitude, maturity and handling the things with ease in the game of cricket. People learn from this legend.

  • DhoniDepp on May 18, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    what about Pollard getting out thrice in consecutive balls..? not mentioned over here, strange..

  • on May 18, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    The road of cricket comes to an end for GILCHRIST. We salute you for being one of the greatest gentleman of cricket! We salute you for walking off and not waiting for umpire's decision when being out and giving SPORTSMANSHIP new heights! YOU WILL BE MISSED AND LOVED FOREVER!

  • on May 18, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    Gilly is a great ambassador of the game we love. Thanks for all the memories!

  • on May 18, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    no doubt it is a great opportunity for us to watch Gilly bowling and picking a wicket ...

  • srivasava on May 18, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    love u gilchrist and miss u

  • on May 18, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    Gratitude to Gilchrist, the entertainer! Before the likes of Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard, you have entertained all those who bore witness to your flashy strokeplay encompassing your trademark pulls and blistering cuts through point and drives through midoff. I will never forget that innings you played against Pakistan at Hobart in 1999-00 when Australia were 127/5 chasing 369 against Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar, Waqar Younis and Saqlain Mushtaq. That was the first time I saw you bat and the way you forged that partnership with Langer, playing fearless and ravishing cuts and pulls, I knew this heralded the arrival of a Champion. You will be dearly missed.

  • vispras on May 18, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    Gilly, please don't retire from the game. The game needs the gentleman like you. Surely you still have more to offer for this game. And franchise will be interested in stars like you. If not as a player you should come back to IPL as a coach at least.

  • green_jelly on May 18, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    It is incorrect to say Gilchrist has no bowling average - he has an average of 0. He concedes 0 runs per wicket.

  • Abitha on May 18, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    Thank You Gilly the Great. People say Back with a Bang. Here Bye with a Bang with Bhajji's wicket and a Bhangra(nam) Bhajji's style. we will be missing You. Is it his first and Last wicket in IPL of the first and presumably last ball of his IPL career. Hats off to the Gentleman who put Team before Self. Byeeeeeeeee. Kashinath

  • Abitha on May 18, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    Thank You Gilly the Great. People say Back with a Bang. Here Bye with a Bang with Bhajji's wicket and a Bhangra(nam) Bhajji's style. we will be missing You. Is it his first and Last wicket in IPL of the first and presumably last ball of his IPL career. Hats off to the Gentleman who put Team before Self. Byeeeeeeeee. Kashinath

  • green_jelly on May 18, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    It is incorrect to say Gilchrist has no bowling average - he has an average of 0. He concedes 0 runs per wicket.

  • vispras on May 18, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    Gilly, please don't retire from the game. The game needs the gentleman like you. Surely you still have more to offer for this game. And franchise will be interested in stars like you. If not as a player you should come back to IPL as a coach at least.

  • on May 18, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    Gratitude to Gilchrist, the entertainer! Before the likes of Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard, you have entertained all those who bore witness to your flashy strokeplay encompassing your trademark pulls and blistering cuts through point and drives through midoff. I will never forget that innings you played against Pakistan at Hobart in 1999-00 when Australia were 127/5 chasing 369 against Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar, Waqar Younis and Saqlain Mushtaq. That was the first time I saw you bat and the way you forged that partnership with Langer, playing fearless and ravishing cuts and pulls, I knew this heralded the arrival of a Champion. You will be dearly missed.

  • srivasava on May 18, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    love u gilchrist and miss u

  • on May 18, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    no doubt it is a great opportunity for us to watch Gilly bowling and picking a wicket ...

  • on May 18, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    Gilly is a great ambassador of the game we love. Thanks for all the memories!

  • on May 18, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    The road of cricket comes to an end for GILCHRIST. We salute you for being one of the greatest gentleman of cricket! We salute you for walking off and not waiting for umpire's decision when being out and giving SPORTSMANSHIP new heights! YOU WILL BE MISSED AND LOVED FOREVER!

  • DhoniDepp on May 18, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    what about Pollard getting out thrice in consecutive balls..? not mentioned over here, strange..

  • on May 18, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Simply Superb Gilly... No words to explain his gratitude, maturity and handling the things with ease in the game of cricket. People learn from this legend.