Nov 14: Adam Gilchrist aka Gilly is voted as Australia’s greatest ever one-day International player coming ahead of the legendry batsman Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting.
He secured highest number of player’s poll as Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) in collaboration with Cricket Australia. The association invited 163 players in total.
The press release of Cricket Australia said, "In total, 110 players took the opportunity to vote and Gilchrist topped the chart with 38 per cent of votes followed by Ponting (19 percent) and Steve Waugh (14 percent).”
This winning moment surprised Gilchrist who while receiving the honour at an ACA function at Bellerive Oval in Hobart hailed the moment as unbelievable.
“To be given this enormous honour by my peers is unbelievably humbling and ranks highly amongst the accolades I have received over my career,” Gilchrist said.
“I have been very fortunate to have played in such a successful era and with such a great group of players. I feel very fortunate to be acknowledged in this way,” he added further.
The number four slot is occupied by Shane Warne with 9% vote and is followed by Michael Bevan with 7% vote, Dean Jones with 5%, Allan Border secured a 4% vote, Mark Waugh at 2% and Craig McDermott and Andrew Symonds with 1% vote each.
James Sutherland CEO of Cricket Australia with all praises for Gilchrist said, “Australian cricket congratulates Adam Gilchrist on being named this country's best-ever one-day international player”.
“Recognition by his peers is a fitting accolade for a player that has performed at an exceptional level for the past decade. Adam has thrilled and inspired Australian cricket fans with his attacking batting, slick glove work, positive attitude and sportsmanship,” he added.
Gilly is the wicket keeper batsman and earlier has won several accolades including the Allan Border Medal 2003, Australia’s Cricketer of the year award 2002-03 and was also among the five Wisden Cricketer of the Year Award 2002.
raul9November 16, 2007 at 12:00 AM