Steve Waugh has picked Adam Gilchrist as his greatest player of the 21st century ahead of record-breaking Sachin Tendulkar, Muttiah Muralitharan and Jacques Kallis, saying the keeper-bat had the greatest impact on the contemporary game as the pioneer in the evolution of the modern-day wicketkeeper.
“I think the guy who’s changed the game the most you would have to say is Adam Gilchrist,” Aussie great Waugh explained his choice for cricket.com.au's ongoing series of Best Player of the 21st century.
“I was lucky enough to be his captain. He definitely changed how wicketkeepers are perceived now and if you do that that means you’ve had a big impact on the game.
“He’s put a lot more pressure on wicketkeepers because they’ve got to be great batsmen now so they probably all hate him. To do that is pretty incredible."
Gilchrist, a three-time World Cup winner, had to wait for over three years to break into the Test side after making his ODI debut in 1996 because of the form
The Aussie then inspired an
The left-hander also scored 9619 runs in 287 ODIs with 16