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    December 02, 2005

    Quote of the day: Adam Gilchrist

    In a chat with Trevor Marshallsea after the Adelaide test and ahead of the one-dayers against New Zealand for the Chappell-Hadlee trophy, Gilchrist talked about the stress factor, how it affects him, retirement etc. When asked about his form, he said something priceless and worth preserving forever.
    I can understand that because of the standards I've set, there's an expectation that it's going to be like that all day every day. The reality is it's not. Does that mean you're out of form? I don't know what form is. The fact is in the last three weeks I've only faced 20 balls.
    Well, here's the flash news, Gilly! The West Indian bowlers did not throw their toys out of the pram, pack up their kit, pull out the stumps, wrest the ball and bat from whoever held them and leave the ground, refusing to bowl more than chwenty chew deliveries to you! You got out for 2(4) and 6(18) at Hobart and Adelaide.

    Perhaps you were thinking that you'd accumulated enough karma with your walks of convenience on the cricket field. So you hoped that the umpires would be kind enough to let you have last maan gaaji (a term used in cricket in Madras to indicate that the innings only ends when the last not out batsman is dismissed)!

    Peter Roebuck feels that Gilchrist must retire from one-dayers. Apparently Gilchrist was set to be rested for the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy, but the selectors' wishes were not heeded.

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    Gilchrist might not be original, but at least he showed a sense of humour.

    Famous for mixed metaphors, his best-known quip came in answer to a Surrey fan commiserating over his lack of form after a sequence of four low single-figure scores, two ducks among them. "How d'you know I'm out of form?" shot back Ken indignantly: "I've only had nine balls all week!" - John Thicknesse on Ken Barrington

    By Anonymous Geoff (02-Dec-2005, 6:42:00 PM)  

    Nice one Geoff. For a while I thought you were punning when you said 'John Thicknesse on Ken Barrington' :) Was Ken Barrington worse than Jacques Kallis? An apocryphal anecdote has Kallis and Woolmer jogging on the beach and Kallis asking how high above sea level they were :) Another has him in New Zealand wondering about why there was hardly any bacon around in spite of so many sheep all over the place! :)

    By Blogger Jagadish (02-Dec-2005, 8:47:00 PM)  

    I think Adam Gilchrist is a great cricket and might walk into any team of any era.I blogged on him beofre Ashes.U might just want to check it out

    By Blogger The Light-House. (03-Dec-2005, 7:46:00 PM)  

    Walks of convenience? I suppose it is real convenient in the world cup semi-final. You are such an idiot.

    By Anonymous Ram (05-Dec-2005, 7:35:00 AM)  

    Tarun: A URL would be a tad more useful.
    Ram: The World Cup semi final wasn't the only time he walked. He has walked several times since. From whatever I've seen, read and heard, his walks were most of the time when it was bloody obvious that he was plumb in front or nicked the ball. The WC semi was probably the only time he walked on a marginal call. My humble opinion is that he uses the moral high ground thus gained to somehow fool umpires into not giving him out on a number of occasions because they respect him for his walking and are sure that "If he nicked it, he will walk." and then stupidly assuming the converse, i.e. "He didn't walk, so he didn't nick it". He conveniently uses his walking to impact umpires' decisions. See Richardson's recent comments.

    By Blogger Jagadish (06-Dec-2005, 1:13:00 PM)  


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