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Gilchrist best match-winner amongst left-handed cricketers after Garry Sobers

By Harsh Thakor 

Adam Gilchrist was arguably the greatest match-winner amongst cricketers in his era and amongst the ten best cricketers of all time. Without doubt, the best ever 5 down batsmen, in the history of the game, and best ever wicketkeeper batsmen. With the exception of Virendra Sehwag, no batsman was as explosive in his time, and no batsmen could so rapidly, single handedly turn game, making the impact of a blitzkrieg or dynamite exploding.
Few cricketers ever more tormented the opposition or unleashed as thunderous power , reducing the bowling to sheer mockery and scoring at a whirlwind speed. One got vibrations of a stadium being set on fire. None was more adept in pressing home advantages or dramatically changing the complexion of game. Gilchrist often gave vibrations of making a complete twist in a plot or writing new chapter in a novel or script.
Gilchrist dissected an attack, more clinically or surgically than any batsmen of his day. Few better sent ball crashing down to the ropes at Rocket speed. His dynamic stroke play blended with astute wicket keeping skills, made him debatably the most influential cricketer of his generation. Few ever were more a manifestation of cricketing energy and aggression or more cool and calculating.
In pressure situations, few were ever more ice cool as Gilchrist, who was an embodiment of sporting temperament. After half the side was dismissed no one in equal magnitude could resurrect a team from dire straits and turn a lost cause into a glorious victory. It was arguably an advantage that Gilchrist began his test career at relatively late stage. He was waiting in the wings, playing for duration of three years in the Aussie ODI side.
Gilchrist, arguably more than even Ricky Ponting, was responsible for propelling Australia into, perhaps the best cricketing nation ever. He was the prop of a team that ruled the world, like perhaps no nation ever. The scoring rate of Gilchrist virtually defied the law of averages ,traversing domination in regions unscaled.Great fast bowers like Wasim Akram were more intimidated by Gilchrist than Sachin Tendulkar or Brian Lara, who literally sent shivers down their spine. In cricket history few could ever infuse energy at a higher level than Gilchrist. Gilchrist possessed 2 gears, one top, and the other overdrive, which would simply brutalise the opposition.
Rarely did any batsmen possess such a free swing of the bat, executing strokes in front of the wicket, as though teeing on a golf course. No one with as much assurance or as clinically resorted to lofting the ball into the air. Few ever better blended cross batted strokes with straight ones. Few batsmen were ever better square on the offside as Gilchrist, who literally made the ball race like a rocket. As a wicket keeper, Gilchrist was acrobatic, and supremely fit, with the quickest of reflexes. Still, Rod Marsh was more acrobatic and Ian Healy had more finesse.

Best cricketing performances

Gilchrist received his baptism after moving from New South Wales to Western Australia, spending a summer in England. A match-winning hundred gave the cricket world it’s first glimpse of his great talent, with his cleanly struck sixes. Encompassing the entire globe, Gilchrist compiled classics, be it in Hobart, Mumbai, Birmingham, Johannesburg and Cape Town.
In 1999-2000 at Hobart Australia were chasing target of 369, and were in the doldrums at 128-5.Wth Justin Langer, Gilchrist performed near miracle, to spectacularly resurrect Australia from the grave, to reach the pinnacle of glory. Gilchrist scored 149, in cavalier style, with swashbuckling strokes. Earlier, in his very first test, Gilchrist scored a scintillating 81, of 88 balls.
In Mumbai in 2001, from 90-5 with his team tottering, his batting placed Australia in an unassailable position, and triumph. In Birmingham in 2001, Gilchrist massacred the English bowling, plundering 152 runs of a mere 143 deliveries. In 2001-02 against South Africa at Wanderers, Gilchrist scored the then fastest double century, against a high quality South African pace attach, batting in the manner of a combing operation being launched. Struggling at 293-5, Gillchrist elevated the total to 652-7, scoring an unbeaten 204.
In Kandy in 2004, batting at no 3, he plundered 144 from 185 balls, in game where the first 21 wickets had fallen for a mere 342 runs. Rarely has an innings created such a dramatic turnabout in the fortunes of a test match. In Christchurch in 2005, in the manner of a thunderbolt Gilchrist bludgeoned 121 from 126 balls, with 12 boundaries and a six. In 2006 at Perth, Gilchrist penetrated zones rarely scale in batting ,reminiscent of lightning striking a cricket field, scoring 102 of a mere 57 balls
In the 20007 world cup final in West Indies against Sri Lanka bating as an opener, Gilchrist scored149 of 104 balls, to make score beyond the reach of Sri Lanka and win the title for Australia. ODI cricket very rarely witnessed clinical or surgical destruction of bowling at such a height. Domination was taken to realms untranscended , in a world cup final. Gilchrist also scored a match-winning 54 of 36 balls in the 1999world cup final at Lords, and 57 of 48 balls in the 2002 world cup final at Johannesburg, both to seal the world cup title.

Assessment as a player

Incredible that in the first half of his career Gilchrist averaged above 60 in test cricket. In ODI cricket Gilchrist opened the batting, scoring at phenomenal strike rate. His strike rate in test cricket, was 81.95 per hundred balls, below only Virendra Sehwag. In ODI’s.he escalated it to 97.Gilchrist retired from test cricket with a record haul of dismissals, capturing 414 victims. Gilchrist was the only one to exceed figure of 100 sixes in test cricket and scored the 2nd fastest test century of 57 balls, against England at Perth.
In 96 tests, Gilchrist scored 17 centuries, at an average of over 47, with an aggregate of 5570 runs. Remarkable, after his first 47 tests, he averaged 60.25, which only 4 batsmen ever, exceeded in terms of average. In his next 33 tests, his performance sided, to averaging 39.26. Praiseworthy that he averaged 50.24 away, in contrast to 45.87 at home. In wining causes Gilchrist averaged 82.26, scoring 5266 runs, and 14 centuries. Statistically, Gilly was the greatest match-winner amongst left handed batsmen. 73 out of the 96 tests he played in, were in winning causes. Remarkable that in challenging South African conditions, Gilchrist averaged 65.37. In New Zealand he averaged 81.16.
Strangely, in England, he averaged 40.07.Facing high class Pakistan bowling at home Gilchrist averaged a commendable 68.44. In ODI’s Gilchrist scored runs at an average of 35.89, scoring 16 centuries and 55 fifties, in addition to 55stumpings and 455 catches. All his 16 centuries were part of winning causes, where he averaged 41.16.
His figures could hardly reveal his moral contribution or staggering impact. I would rate Gilchrist as the best match-winner amongst left-handed cricketers, after Sir Garfield Sobers. Late Cristopher Martin Jenkins placed Gilchrist at 10th place amongst the 100 best cricketers ever, above greats like Glen Mcgrath, Ricky Ponting Brian Lara , Jacques Kallis or even Imran Khan.In contrast David Gower ranks Gilchrist at 41st place behind likes of Brian Lara, Alan Border , Jacques Kallis ,Ricky Ponting, Wasim Akram and AB Deviliers.
Gilchrist won more games than Wasim Akram or Brian Lara.Kumar Kumar Sangakkara has considerably better figures ,averaging around 55 ,and scoring double aggregate of runs, but could not turn games in the manner of Gilchrist. As a pure match-winner Gilchrist could arguably secure a place amongst the top 5cricketers of all time, with superstars like Don Bradman, Gary Sobers Viv Richards and Shane Warne.
Overall, in my view, as a cricketer, Gilchrist is on par with Jacques Kalllis and AB Devilliers ,and a whisker below Wasim Akram, Ian Botham and Brian Lara. He would comprise my 15 best cricketers, of all time. Very complex to assess his place amongst the pantheon of greats, as he represented a champion side, played at 5 down in test cricket and was not as skillfull behind the stumps as Alan Knott or Rodney Marsh.
Representing an all-time left handed Xi against one of right handers, Gilchrist’s value to the team would perhaps only be behind Sir Garfield Sobers. In the history of the game, for sheer domination in batting, only Gilbert Jessop, Viv Richards, Virendra Sehwag and AB Devilliers, could possibly surpass Gilchrist. I would have to place a gun on my head to choose between Alan Knott and Gilchrist in an all-time XI in test cricket, but in an all-time ODI XI, Gilly would e a certainty, for selection.
Above all, Gilchrist epitomised sportsmanship in game, which had fallen to the morass of crass commercialism. He was the only Australian cricketer, who walked, even being wrongly declared not out. He walked in the 2003 world cup semi-final and at Leeds in 2001,made a sporting declaration, though his team was defeated .Gilchrist resurrected the spirit of cricket, that was tarnished ,from the 1970’s,in Australia.
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Harsh Thakor is freelance journalist

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हिंदी आलोचना जैसे पिछड़ चुके अनुशासन की जगह हिंदी वैचारिकी का विकास जरूरी

- प्रमोद रंजन*   भारतीय राजनीति में सांप्रदायिक व प्रतिक्रियावादी ताकतों को सत्ता तक पहुंचाने में हिंदी पट्टी का सबसे बड़ा योगदान है। इसका मुख्य कारण हिंदी-पट्टी में कार्यरत समाजवादी व जनपक्षधर हिरावल दस्ते का विचारहीन, अनैतिक और  प्रतिक्रियावादी होते जाना है। अगर हम उपरोक्त बातों को स्वीकार करते हैं, तो कुछ रोचक निष्कर्ष निकलते हैं। हिंदी-जनता और उसके हिरावल दस्ते को विचारहीन और प्रतिक्रियावादी बनने से रोकने की मुख्य ज़िम्मेदारी किसकी थी?

ગુજરાતના સ્થાપના દિવસે યાદ કરીએ ભારતના વિશ્વપ્રસિદ્ધ ગુજરાતી પુરાતત્વવિદ્ ને

- ગૌરાંગ જાની*  આજે કોઈ ગુજરાતી એ કલ્પના પણ ન કરી શકે કે વર્ષ ૧૮૩૯ માં જૂનાગઢમાં જન્મેલા એક ગુજરાતી વિશ્વ પ્રસિદ્ધ બની શકે! પણ આપણે એ ગુજરાતીને કદાચ વિસરી ગયા છીએ જેમણે ગિરનારના અશોક શિલાલેખને દોઢસો વર્ષ પૂર્વે ઉકેલી આપ્યો.આ વિદ્વાન એટલે ભગવાનલાલ ઈન્દ્રજી. ૭ નવેમ્બર, ૧૮૩૯ ના દિવસે જૂનાગઢના પ્રશ્નોરા નાગર બ્રાહ્મણ પરિવારમાં તેમનો જન્મ થયો હતો. જૂનાગઢના એ સમયે અંગ્રેજી શિક્ષણની સગવડ ન હોવાને કારણે તેમને અંગ્રેજી ભાષાનું જ્ઞાન ન હતું પણ પાછળથી તેમણે ખપ પૂરતું અંગ્રેજી જાણી લીધું હતું.

Under Modi, democracy is regressing and economy is also growing slowly

By Avyaan Sharma*   India is "the largest democracy in the world", but now its democracy is regressing and its economy is also growing slowly. What has PM Modi's ten years in power brought us? Unemployment remains high. Joblessness is particularly high among India's youth - with those aged 15 to 29 making up a staggering 83% of all unemployed people in India, according to the "India Employment Report 2024", published last month by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Institute of Human Development (IHD). The BJP-led government did not provide jobs to two crore youth in a year as was promised by Modi in the run up to the 2014 general elections.

नफरती बातें: मुसलमानों में असुरक्षा का भाव बढ़ रहा है, वे अपने मोहल्लों में सिमट रहे हैं

- राम पुनियानी*  भारत पर पिछले 10 सालों से हिन्दू राष्ट्रवादी भारतीय जनता पार्टी (भाजपा) राज कर रही है. भाजपा आरएसएस परिवार की सदस्य है और आरएसएस का लक्ष्य है हिन्दू राष्ट्र का निर्माण. आरएसएस से जुड़ी सैंकड़ों संस्थाएँ हैं. उसके लाखों, बल्कि शायद, करोड़ों स्वयंसेवक हैं. इसके अलावा कई हजार वरिष्ठ कार्यकर्ता हैं जिन्हें प्रचारक कहा जाता है. भाजपा के सत्ता में आने के बाद से आरएसएस दुगनी गति से हिन्दू राष्ट्र के निर्माण के अपने एजेण्डे को पूरा करने में जुट गया है. यदि भाजपा को चुनावों में लगातार सफलता हासिल हो रही है तो उसका कारण है देश में साम्प्रदायिकता और साम्प्रदायिक मुद्दों का बढ़ता बोलबाला. इनमें से कुछ हैं राम मंदिर, गौमांस और गोवध एवं लव जिहाद. 

Laxmanpur Bathe massacre: Perfect example of proto-fascist Brahmanical social order

By Harsh Thakor  The massacre at Laxmanpur-Bathe of Jehanabad in Bihar on the night of 1 December in 1997 was a landmark event with distinguishing features .The genocide rightly shook the conscience of the nation in the 50th year of Indian independence. The scale of the carnage was unparalleled in any caste massacre. It was a perfect manifestation of how in essence the so called neo-liberal state was in essence most autocratic. 

रैंकिंग: अधिकांश भारतीय विश्वविद्यालयों का स्तर बहुत गिरा, इस साल भी यह गिरवाट जारी

- प्रमोद रंजन*  अप्रैल, 2024 में भारतीय विश्वविद्यालयों की अंतर्राष्ट्रीय स्तर पर उच्च रैंकिंग की चर्चा रही। मीडिया ने इसका उत्सव मनाया। लेकिन स्थिति इसके विपरीत है। वैश्विक विश्वविद्यालय रैंकिग में अच्छा स्थान मिलने की खबरें, कुछ संस्थानों को इक्का-दुक्का विषयों में मिले रैंक के आधार पर चुनिंदा ढंग से प्रकाशित की गईं थीं। वास्तविकता यह है कि हाल के वर्षों में हमारे अधिकांश विश्वविद्यालयों का स्तर बहुत गिर गया है। इस साल भी यह गिरवाट जारी रही है।

प्राचीन भारत के लोकायत संप्रदाय ने कुछ परजीवियों की खूब खबर ली: प्रमुख प्रस्थापनायें

- राणा सिंह   भारत में परजीवियों का एक विशाल समूह है जो बोलता है कि “सब कुछ माया है”,  लेकिन व्यवहार में यह समूह सारी जिंदगी इसी “माया” के पीछे पागल रहता है।  प्राचीन भारत के लोकायत संप्रदाय ने इन परजीवियों की खूब खबर ली थी।

नोएडा में मैन्युअल स्कैवेंजर्स की मौत: परिवारों को मुआवजा नहीं, प्राधिकरण ने एफआईआर नहीं की

- अरुण खोटे, संजीव कुमार*  गत एक सप्ताह में, उत्तर प्रदेश में सीवर/सेप्टि क टैंक सफाई कर्मियों की सफाई के दौरान सेप्टिक टैंक में मौत। 2 मई, 2024 को, लखनऊ के वज़ीरगजं क्षेत्र में एक सेवर लाइन की सफाई करते समय शोब्रान यादव, 56, और उनके पत्रु सशुील यादव, 28, घटुन से हुई मौत। एक और घटना 3 मई 2024 को नोएडा, सेक्टर 26 में एक घर में सेप्टि क टैंक को सफाई करते समय दो सफाई कर्मचर्मारी नूनी मडंल, 36 और कोकन मडंल जिसे तपन मडंल के नाम से जानते हैं, की मौत हो गई। ये सफाई कर्मचर्मारी बंगाल के मालदा जिले के निवासी थे और नोएडा सेक्टर 9 में रहते थे। कोकन मडंल अपनी पत्नी अनीता मडंल के साथ रहते थे। इनके तीन स्कूल जाने वाले बच्चे हैं जो बंगाल में रहते हैं। नूनी मडंल अपनी पत्नी लिलिका मडंल और अपने पत्रु सजुान के साथ किराए पर झग्गी में रहते थे। वे दैनिक मजदरूी और सफाई कर्मचर्मारी के रूप में काम करते थे।

दाँव उल्टा पड़ा: राहुल गांधी के रूप में हम एक साधारण इंसान को नायक होते देख रहे हैं

-  अमिता नीरव  संघ औऱ बीजेपी ने राहुल गाँधी पर जो सोचकर ‘इन्वेस्ट’ किया था, उसके परिणाम गंभीर रूप से नुकसानदेह आ रहे हैं। ये थोड़ी अटपटी बात लग सकती है, लेकिन सोचिएगा कि संघ और बीजेपी ने राहुल गाँधी को जितना गंभीरता से लिया, उनकी संभावनाओं को लेकर वे जितना श्योर थे, उतना तो खुद राहुल और कांग्रेस भी नहीं थी।

बिहार के ऐतिहासिक विक्रमशिला विश्वविद्यालय के खंडहरों की परिक्रमा का रोमांचक अवसर

- सुमन्त शरण  कुछ दिन पहले एक सुदूर ग्रामीण अंचल (पीरपैंती)  से तकरीबन डेढ़-दो घंटे की दूरी पर अवस्थित ऐतिहासिक बौद्ध विक्रमशिला विश्वविद्यालय (के अवशेषों) की परिक्रमा का अवसर मिला। विक्रमशीला विश्वविद्यालय की स्थापना पाल वंश के राजा धर्मपाल ने की थी। 8वीं शताब्दी से 12वीं शताब्दी के अंत तक यह विश्वविद्यालय भारत के प्रमुख शिक्षा केंद्रों में से एक हुआ करता था। कहा जाता है कि यह अपने कुछेक अत्यंत अनूठे नवाचार के चलते उस समय नालंदा विश्वविद्यालय का सबसे बड़ा प्रतिस्पर्धी था। हालांकि, मान्यता यह भी है कि अल्प अवधि के लिए दोनों विश्वविद्यालय के बीच शिक्षण एवं प्रबंधन के क्षेत्रों में घनिष्ठ पारस्परिक संबंध एवं शिक्षकों के आदान-प्रदान का सिलसिला भी रहा था। यह विश्वविद्यालय तंत्रशास्त्र की पढ़ाई के लिए सबसे ज्यादा विख्यात था। इस विषय का एक सबसे विख्यात छात्र अतीसा दीपनकरा था, जो बाद में तिब्बत जाकर बौद्ध हो गया। इसके प्रथम कुलपति ज्ञान अतिस थे।