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Gilchrist feels as if he has always been an old-school player
Former Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist believes the growing variety of new-school strokes that have been developed and perfected in Twenty20 cricket are starting to have a negative impact on Test cricket as players are snubbing the more orthodox shots that made the game so classy in the first place.
“Obviously innovations have been there in the game earlier, it is just that the frequency of innovative shots have increased manifold,” Gilchrist said. “I was flabbergasted to see (South African) Jonty Rhodes play a reverse sweep in the 1990s, not the dab, but the hard smack for six, in 1997. So innovation isn’t new but the variety is increasing. It’s amazing to see where they can hit the ball these days – no ball’s safe.”
However, while these new “innovative shots” may look “amazing”, Gilchrist pointed out that there was a dark side to them, and that is the negative effect it is having on Test cricket.
“These have affected Test match batting,” Gilchrist said. “I am not here to pass a judgement but then that sort of questions are being raised.”
When he was at the first step of his international career, Gilchrist noted that he always kept his approach to the game as simple as possible.
“I never chose to go that way, you know, like the old dog and new tricks,” he said. “I was more of a hitter.”
To nobody’s surprise, the 41-year-old admitted that he was well past his prime and had enjoyed his time captaining the Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year.
“Goes without saying I have underperformed to this point of time,” he added. “I am old compared to the rest and I am not in the height of my powers. Obviously I am not hitting the ball as I used to hit in my prime.”