Retired wicket-keeper-batsman, former Australian vice-captain and integral member of Australian Test and One-Day International line-ups. Gilly occupies a position as one of the worlds most exciting cricketers. His rise and success saw him captain the national side to victory over the West Indies in Adelaide during the 2000-01 season and score his way to a long list of accolades.
Adam Gilchrist entered the international cricketing scene as a wicket keeper/batsman with the Australian One Day International side against South Africa in October 1996. In 1998, Steve Waugh elevated Adam to the pivotal position of opening batsman in the One Day side. In only his second game as opener, Adam scored 100 against South Africa and since then, has almost single handedly redefined the role of the opening batsman in One Day Internationals.
Adam made crucial contributions in each of the team's winning performance in the 1999, 2003 and 2007 World Cups. In May 2007, Adam scored a history making 149 in the World Cup Final against Sri Lanka in Barbados to help secure Australia's third consecutive World Cup. Adam has taken a world record 472 dismissals in one day internationals and scored over 9,600 runs at a phenomenal strike rate of almost 97 runs per 100 balls faced.
In November 1999, Adam replaced Ian Healy as wicketkeeper in the Australian test side in Brisbane against Pakistan. Since that time, Adam has taken a mammoth 416 dismissals in his 96 test matches for Australia scoring 5570 runs, including 17 test centuries, at an incredible strike of 82 runs per 100 balls faced at a career average of just under 50.
In the deciding Ashes Test in Perth in Dec 2007, Adam scored the fastest ever Ashes century in 130 years and the second fastest test century of all time achieving the feat in only 57 deliveries. Later that year against Sri Lanka, he became the first player in the history of test cricket to hit 100 test sixes.
Adam also reached the 100, 200 and 300 dismissal milestones faster than any other wicket keeper in test history.
Adam is the only wicketkeeper in Australia to have captained the Australian Test and One Day teams and is acknowledged for his leadership and outstanding contribution to the Australian team in both forms of the game.
Adam led the Australian team to a 2-1 victory over India in that country in 2004. This was after Adam stood in as captain for Ricky Ponting who had been injured in the Champions Trophy in England just before the Indian tour started. It was Australia's first series victory in India for 35 years.
Many critics believe that Adam is the greatest wicketkeeper/batsman to have played the game. But more than his statistics, it is the manner and spirit in which Adam plays the game that makes him one of the world's most exciting and popular cricketers.
In 2004 Adam was selected in Richie Benaud's All Time Greatest Team. He joined Sir Donald Bradman, Dennis Lillee and Shane Warne who were also chosen in this illustrious team.
On Australia Day 2008, Adam announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket, after breaking the world record for the most number of dismissals by a keeper in test match cricket at the Adelaide Oval with his 415th test dismissal in the final match of the 2007-08 Border/Gavasker trophy series against India.
In May 2009 he captained the Deccan Chargers to victory in the 2009 Indian Premier League. He was also named player of the tournament.
In 2010 Adam was awarded an AM for his contribution to cricket in Australia and his services to a number of charities in the community.
“Behind the stumps, Gilchrist is reliable, enthusiastic and athletic. With the bat, he is one of the game's foremost attacking stroke-makers and he has a relish for punishing loose bowling that makes him an especially enjoyable cricketer to watch. There are not too many players in the sport who are his equal in either respect."
A very professional speaker. Fantastic in depth knowledge of his subject and shared plenty of personal experiences. Would recommend Adam Gilchrist to anyone. He is very easy for the general person to communicate with and understand. Our team was very impressed.
Adam is a warm and entertaining speaker whose stories about his team members brought many a laugh for our annual conference. More so though, Adam conveyed the need to maximise opportunities and how he had done so in his own career. This presentation tying in with our theme, was executed very professionally, yet informally. His ability to make fun of himself, laugh at others nuances without in the slightest manner becoming derogatory is a rare gift. Excellent presentation.
Ray White Real Estate Group
Adam addressed two seminars we held in Perth and Adelaide for major product launches for a leading pharmaceutical client and was totally professional both on and off stage. He received an excellent response from audiences in both states and charmed everyone. We look forward to using Adam again in our next series of seminars in Sydney and Brisbane.
Jones & Brown Advertising
Adam's eloquence was equal to his conduct and his willingness to be part of our major golf weekend became a large factor in the success of the South West Open. His interaction with his audience was first class and our members accepted his pleasant down-to-earth style with the warmth and humour in which it was delivered. Adam is not only an ambassador for his sport but a credit to himself and his family.
Bunbury Golf Club Inc.