Cricket has seen a plethora of aggressive cricketers who have changed the face of the game. However, it would be hard to recall anything matching the aura of the former Australian wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist.
With a bag full of shots, the left-hander rarely held himself back. Be it Tests, ODIs or T20Is, the southpaw never shied away from going hard against the bowlers. One such episode on display was in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 tournament when Australia defeated Sri Lanka by 53 runs (D/L method) to win the 50-over tournament for the third consecutive time.
It was the day of Gilchrist who smashed the Islanders left, right and center to muster a splendid inning. He bludgeoned a total of 13 fours and 8 sixes to muster 149 runs consuming only 104 balls.
Recently, the southpaw revealed that he used a different batting technique in that game. He installed a squash ball inside his left-hand’s glove to improve the grip of the bat. This allowed his top hand to dominate in the shots and all of it was advised by his batting coach. Moreover, the 48-year old was found gesturing towards his glove amid the celebrations of one of the finest knocks in the history of the ODI cricket.