Saturday, December 29, 2007

Australia vs India 1st Test: Adam Gilchrist Holds the Second Highest Dismissal Record

It is not unknown to all that Australia has achieved their successive 15th Test win beating India by 337 and one day to spare. Chasing an improbable score of 499, India collapsed within 161 runs. Now, Australia is seeking for their 16 Test win in Sydney to equal the own record. With this match, Australian wicket-keeper cum batsman Adam Gilchrist has made a new record of taking highest dismissal in this match.

Adam Gilchrist, who is perhaps the most dominating wicket-keeper cum aggressive batsman, has passed the record of most dismissals of Ian Healy when he caught opener Wasim Jaffer for 15 off Brett Lee. Adam Gilchrist needed only one dismissal to claim 396 dismissals and overcome Ian Healy, who got 395 dismissals from 119 Tests.

He went to take four catches in the innings, taking his career tally of dismissals to 399 in 93rd Tests. Claiming 399 dismissals, he jumped into the second position on the world dismissals tally behind South African Mark Boucher, who part-way though South Africa’s Test against West Indies site on 406 victims.

Adam Gilchrist appeared this match with pink color glove to make awareness about breast cancer and his sponsors offered $18,000 per dismissal. He has earned $ 144,000 for Glenn McGrath’s cancer charity.

Gilchrist scored 5,478 that is the highest by a wicketkeeper. Interesting thing is that he wanted to focus as a batsman.

However, Adam Gilchrist needs more 7 wickets to take the 1st place in the world dismissal tally. It is not so far. He may break the record the in the second Test at Sydney.

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