Adam Gilchrist honoured to be inducted by hero Marsh

Adam Gilchrist was a proud man this week after being inducted into Australian Cricket’s Hall of Fame. The wicketkeeper-batsman received the accolade during the Allan Border Medal awards ceremony in Sydney and, reflecting on the honour, Gilchrist said: “Clearly it’s a tremendous honour. It’s like a lot of things our team achieved - it’s not something you sat down and said ‘I want to achieve that.’

Third Test - Australia v India: Day 3“I think anyone that looks at a Hall of Fame honour and thinks I want to achieve that is probably not going to get there. So, you start the game and play the game because you love it and it’s fun and everything that comes from that is always a bonus,” he continued. “I was lucky enough to play in a very successful era with a bunch of players who, I think some already are there and another batch will end up in that Hall of Fame. So, they were special times and it’s a very special acknowledgement.

“There are names (already in the Hall of Fame) that inspired me and all of my contemporaries, that played alongside me, to play the game and to want to continue working so hard and make the sacrifices to be so successful,” he continued. “There’s huge names there and what an honour it was to have Rod Marsh induct me into the Hall of Fame - he was my childhood hero.”

When asked which elements of his glittering career stood out, Gilchrist added: “The World Cups and (winning) sixteen Test Matches in a row - we accomplished that twice as a Test team - are the accomplishments that stand out.

“There was the huge thrill of being able to play one of your best games on the right day in the World Cup Final of ’07, that was a great personal highlight,” he continued. “But really those team ones and the celebrations after are the things we all talk about when we catch up.”

Gilchrist was the first of a breed of keeper-batsmen who could have been selected for international honours in either discipline. He averaged 47.60 in 96 Test matches and forced other Test nations to look for keepers who could average at least 40 with the bat.

“I think limited overs cricket was the catalyst for change of that playing position,” Gilchrist suggested. “Not just the wicketkeeper, but the bowlers all had to start to, at least, address their batting. That started in the 70s and the next landmark in that evolution was the ’96 World Cup with the Sri Lankans and what they did with Kalu (Romesh Kaluwitharana) getting up the top of the order and being the dashing opening batsman / wicketkeeper.

“That probably opened the door for me,” he explained. “And then Steve Waugh was the one who pushed me up to the top of the order and gave me that licence to go out and play naturally.

“T20 cricket means that everyone has to be able to go at a good click, so all player positions have changed somewhat.”

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James Buttler

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