Interesting piece here on Adam Gilchrist being the most explosive batsman in cricket history. I’ve long held that not only is Gilchrist the finest active cricketer today – that’s a point many people will agree on anyway – but more crucially, he’s been the best batsman in the world for at least the last three years. Yup, better than Dravid, better than (yuck yuck yuck) Kallis, better than Hayden and Sehwag. It’s always a tricky thing comparing a number 7 “non-specialist” with people whose first job is batting, but there it is, I’ve laid down my hat and so on. I remember recently doing one of those meaningless comparison things with a friend – a man-by-man contrast of Clive Lloyd’s 1980s team with Steve Waugh’s side – and we both agreed that Richards (yes, the immortal, incomparable Viv Richards) was cancelled out by Gilchrist as batsman alone, with wicketkeeping ability still held over in reserve. Now of course that’ll be blasphemy to many people but keep an open mind and think about it.
Nice trivia in this article – for instance, that Gilly “can hit a cricket ball left handed with as much power as anyone in the world yet when he tries to swing a golf club left-handed he can barely hit the ball”. Check it out.