Legendary Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist and late former captain and later selector Jack Ryder are all set to inducted into Australian Cricket’s Hall of Fame at the annual Allan Border Medal ceremony on January 27.
“Former Australian wicketkeeping great Adam Gilchrist and former Australian captain and selector Jack Ryder will be inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame (ACHoF) at the 2015 Allan Border Medal in Sydney on January 27,” Cricket Australia said in a statement.
ACHoF chairman David Crow on Sunday announced that Gilchrist and Ryder were the selection committee’s choice for induction this year.
“Adam Gilchrist and Jack Ryder made enormous contributions to Australian cricket in different ways. Gilly epitomised the cricketer we all loved to go and watch. He lightened up the game. We all wanted to go to see Gilly because he was such a high quality entertainer. He was able to combine his explosive batting with brilliant wicketkeeping,” Crow said.
Gilchrist was humbled by his nomination alongside many of the greatest players to represent Australia and he said
“It’s a tremendous honour. I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to join such illustrious company, childhood heroes and icons of the game from previous eras which you grow up hearing about”No one sets out to earn these accolades. You play the game because you love it, so acknowledgements like this go beyond the thrill of playing for Australia.”
On the other hand, Ryder was Don Bradman’s first Test captain. Their association continued after their playing days too for over two decades as National selectors which had a far greater impact on the game.