Best ODI XI of the 21st Century
2. Adam Gilchrist (Australia)
Gilly was one of the consistent performers in the format. The former Australian left-handed opening batsmen and one of the greatest performers behind the stumps deserves a spot in the squad.
He was known for his fitness and excellent cricketing shots. He single-handedly destroyed many bowling lineups. His ability to score at a quick pace from the beginning of innings used to set the game for his team.
He played a crucial role in Australia's hat-trick World Cup winning campaign in 2007. He holds the distinction of scoring a minimum of 50 runs in the 1999, 2003 and 2007 World Cup finals. With 21 dismissals behind the stumps, Gilchrist was the most successful wicket keeper of the 2003 World Cup.
Gilchrist played 287 ODI matches and amassed 9619 runs. With 905 scalps behind the stumps, he is next to Boucher in the record of most dismissals by a wicket-keeper.
He walked off the crease even after being given not out in the semi-finals of 2003 World Cup. This incident remains the highlight of his illustrious career.