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Sachin Tendulkar and others come together to celebrate Adam Gilchrist ‘s birthday

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Adam Gilchrist. (© Getty Images)

The cricketing universe today joined together to wish Australia’s cricketing legend and one the finest wicket-keepers of the game – Adam Gilchrist. The former Australia cricketer today celebrated his 45th birthday. ‘Gilly’ revolutionised the wicket-keeper batsman genre with his big hitting style and added plenty of flavour at the top of the order to the Australian national side.

His aggressive style of batting combined with athletic wicket – keeping became a source of inspiration for many upcoming cricketers of the early 2000’s including India’s most successful skipper MS Dhoni. Gilchrist holds plenty of records to his name. He has 417 catches and 55 stumpings to his name in ODI cricket, a record that stood tall until Kumar Sangakkara overtook it in 2015.

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An example of his big hitting and high-intensity batting can be understood by his fourth-fastest Test century against England at Perth in December 2006 which saw him scoring a ton in just 57 balls. Further, his high-speed knock of 149 from 104 balls against Sri Lanka in the 2007 World Cup final is rated as one of the best World Cup innings. That knock also happens to be the highest a wicket keeping batsman has ever made in a World Cup final. He was also first to 100 sixes in Test matches and first to 1000 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Gilchrist made his international debut in 1999 against Pakistan in Brisbane went on to hit 5,570 runs in 96 Tests at an average of 47.60. In ODIs, he scored 9,619 runs from 287 matches at a strike rate of 96.94. Gilly retired from international cricket in March 2008.

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