The game of cricket was revolutionized by explosive Australian wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist, during the late 90s and the early 2000s.
Gilly was not only reliable behind stumps, but also chipped in with impactful cameos with the bat at the top of the order.
Australia utilized Gilchrist’s attacking style of batting during the fielding restrictions in the first 15-overs of the game.
Now, the Aussie great was asked to rank the best among MS Dhoni, Mark Boucher, Kumar Sangakkara and Brendon McCullum. To which, Gilchrist lavished praises on the Indian matador.
“Look it got to be Dhoni …my name is Gilly not silly I understand I’m talking to an Indian with a lot of Indian supporters so of course, Dhoni’s up the top then Sangakara and Brendon (McCullum),” Gilchrist told Madonna Tixeira on ‘Live Connect’.
In Dhoni’s illustrious 15-year career, he has amassed over 10,000 runs in ODI cricket. His achievement is significant, given the fact that he has played the entirety of his career coming lower down the order.
“I have really loved watching his career develop. He came on the scene with this amazing 100 that just set everyone on loving him and following him and the style of cricket that he played. But his rise to fame and fortune and everything and the expectation in a country like India that is passionate about so many things certainly is cricket. I think the way he handled himself was extraordinary,” the former Baggy Green added.
Also, Dhoni donned the captain’s role for almost a decade and had all prominent trophies to his name before giving up captaincy.
“His calmness on the field and the bit that I’ve observed and got to know him off the field it’s extraordinary. There is a lot to be admired there. His lasting legacy and impact on Indian cricket and society in India will be long-lasting,” Gilchrist concluded.