Australia’s former great cricketer Adam Gilchrist, whose career spanned for over a decade, has explained how India had given hard time to Australia during the 2000s.
India had the likes of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag formed impregnable top-order and Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman build the strong middle order in their batting line up. On the other hand, Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumble and Javagal Srinath made India’s strong bowling department.
Adam Gilchrist has faced the above mentioned Team India’s combination. However, he named the two players which made the Indian team a tough opposition. He said that VVS Laxman and Harbhajan Singh always used to give them a hard time during the memorable faceoffs between the two cricketing giants
“He (Laxman), along with most of the Indian batting line-up, used to smash us and then Harbhajan would come and bowl us out. So it was pretty easy to get out of there and say that’s me done for a while,” Gilchrist told TV presenter Madonna Tixeira in her show ‘Live Connect’
Adam Gilchrist on his sudden retirement:
Further, the wicketkeeper-batsman also more or less accepted that the dropping the catch of VVS Laxman catch during the 2008 Test series led his decision to retire from the game.
“I reckon it’s a good reason to retire if you drop the catch of VVS Laxman in a Test match. You don’t wanna give him too many chances,” Gilchrist said.
Adam Gilchrist had announced his sudden retirement during the India tour in 2008. His decision had stunned everybody from teammates to Cricket Australia because nobody had an inkling that retirement announcement was on his mind.
Gilchrist played 96 Test matches and 287 ODIs and 13 T20Is for Australia scoring 5570 and 9619, and 272 runs respectively. As the wicketkeeper, he has also 905 dismissals, including 813 catches and 92 stumpings, to his name in 396 international matches.