His success in limited overs cricket has always been hit and miss, and the older he gets, the more he misses. But when he succeeds, Adam Gilchrist, now in his 40th year, is still one of the most watchable batsmen to ever walk the planet.
In his last IPL match, Gilchrist scored a blazing 106 from just 55 balls. His 50 came from just 25 balls (after crawling to two runs from his fist 9 balls) and the century from 53 balls. The innings included nine sixes and formed part of a record 206 run second wicket partnership with Sean Marsh. Keep in mind that this was a match that mattered – Punjab (Gillie’s team) beat the competition leaders (Bangalore) to keep their finals hopes alive.
Of course, I saw none of it, and have to admit I have not witnessed a single ball of IPL 2011, live or otherwise. Personally, I’m looking forward to when we can get into some real cricket. It was such a relief to have a Test match recently, such as it was. The Test between Pakistan and the West Indies realised a grand total of just 716 runs and lasted just over three days but at least you could get your teeth into it. There were twists and turns and a close finish (with the Windies winning by 40 runs).