Former Australian legend Adam Gilchrist was one of the most explosive left-handed batsmen of his generation and arguably the greatest wicket-keeper-batsman of his generation as well.
He was an integral part of the “Golden Era” of the Australian cricket team and played a major role in the three World Cups which were won between 1999 and 2007. In the 96 Tests he played for the Kangaroos, he amassed 5570 runs at an average of 47.60. His average in the ODIs was a bit lower but was still a significant part of the team as he averaged 35.89 in the 287 matches he played as he notched up 9619 runs.
As he turns 45 today, we take a look at the five facts which you probably did not know about Gilly.
#5 One of the fittest cricketers
Apart from being known for his fearless attitude and his ability to smack the ball to every part of the ground, what many people don’t know about Gilly is that he was one of the fittest cricketers around at the time.
The wicket-keeper batsman from Western Australia has played in 96 Tests between November 5, 1999, and January 24, 2008, without missing any of them. He has kept wickets in all of those matches, and to constantly do so for hours at a stretch without taking a break is not an easy task, but Gilly was always up to the task.