Waugh picks his best of the 21st century
Former Australia captain elects champion keeper-batsman Gilchrist as his top player since 2000
21 October 2016, 02:05 PM AEST
Steve Waugh has overlooked legends Sachin Tendulkar, Jacques Kallis, Muthiah Muralidaran and Shane Warne to select Adam Gilchrist as the greatest player of the 21st century.
Waugh said Gilchrist’s game-changing career, in which he effectively evolved the wicketkeeping position to wicketkeeper-batsman, was what made him his No.1 choice.
“I think the guy who’s changed the game the most you would have to say is Adam Gilchrist,” Waugh told cricket.com.au's The Unplayable Podcast while promoting his Captain’s Ride for charity.
“I was lucky enough to be his captain.
“He definitely changed how ‘keepers 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 ‘keepers because they’ve got to be great batsmen now so they probably all hate him.
“To do that is pretty incredible.”