When Gilchrist retired from all forms of international cricket, it was a sad day for Australian cricket.
They have attempted to replace him with Brad Haddin, but Haddin has been unable to match Gilchrist’s brilliance when it comes to both the keeping side and the batting side required of the role.
Haddin’s place in the side now appears to be under serious threat from the youngster Matthew Wade, with his top score of 72 catching the eye of spectators and pundits alike.
What separates Gilchrist from the rest of the pack was not only his exceptional keeping and batting standards, but also by the fact that he always played the game with a smile on his face, and with outstanding sportsmanship.
In his cricketing life after wearing the baggy green, Gilchrist has turned himself into somewhat of a specialist T20 player, with stints for Middlesex in England and for the Deccan Chargers/Kings XI Punjab.
He has been somewhat successful in this stage of his career, with a few big scores for his IPL franchise, but sadly he has yet to pick up an IPL winner’s medal. He has, however, managed to score some huge contracts from his time in the IPL, including becoming the face of one cricket equipment manufacturer, so financially the twilight of his cricketing career has been a huge success.
Gilchrist is, without doubt, one of the most impressive wicketkeeper batsman that the world has ever seen, and it remains to be seen if Australia will ever be able to replace him.
In being such a huge success, Gilchrist has set the bar so high that is so hard to match, with it being unwise for any cricketing nation to rely upon unearthing such a terrific talent again.