The Crotchet’s Corner

My perspective about all things inconsequential

Way to go, Gilly !!!

When a cricket match is on, I am usually one who can be classified as a quiet spectator, not prone to making too much noise.

Last evening, however, I punched the air with my fist, let out a loud whoop, and cheered for one of the finest cricketers of all time.

I am sure 25 or more disabled kids across Australia would have cheered loudly, too.

A shell-shocked Dirk Nannes watched helplessly as five consecutive boundaries were hammered off his first over. Two of these were of one of the most exquisite strokes one can ever see – the straight drive past the bowler.

C’mon, I said silently, you need just one.

Nannes was promptly replaced. Not that it made a difference, as Pradeep Sangwan was hit for boundaries of the first two deliveries.

The third delivery was well pitched up, but the batsman launched effortlessly into it and deposited the ball twenty rows back into the stands at mid-wicket.

Adam Gilchrist had hit his 25th six of this IPL. And fulfilled his commitment to Amway. You could see the smile of satisfaction on the batsman’s face as he mouthed the words “Twenty five”.

Adam Gilchrist with disabled kids1

So, at least 25 disabled kids will receive specially modified bicycles. I am not sure if each six beyond 25 will add a bicycle (I hope so), but this has been a tremendous effort.

Gilchrist in full flow is a great sight, and he has done enough in his career to qualify almost automatically for virtually every all-time best-11 team, be it Test, One-Day or T20. And, yesterday, as he brutally and brilliantly took apart Delhi’s bowlers, you would have forgotten that he was 37 years old, and had retired from international cricket a year ago. The fastest 50 (in 17 balls) in the IPL was a statistic. But, everyone (including the Delhi players, whose nerves were torn to shreds) would have realized that were watching one of the greatest T20 innings of all time.

It was merely a formality thereafter as Deccan Chargers beat the Delhi Daredevils, but the defining period of the match was the Gilchrist blitz.

As I said earlier, I cheered loudly. And will do so every time Adam Gilchrist bats. Even if my favourite Chennai Super Kings makes it to the finals and the brilliant Aussie takes a few off them.

C’mon Gilly, c’mon !!!

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May 23, 2009 - Posted by | About this and that, Cricket | , , , ,

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