Adam Gilchrist Height, Age, Wife, Family, Biography & More

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Age: 52 Years
Hometown: Bellingen, Australia
Wife: Melinda Sharpe

Adam Gilchrist

Full NameAdam Craig Gilchrist
Nickname(s)• Gilly
• Churchy
Profession(s)• Former Cricketer (Wicket-keeper)
• Cricket Commentator
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 185 cm
in meters- 1.85 m
in feet & inches- 6’ 1”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 75 kg
in pounds- 165 lbs
Body Measurements (approx.)- Chest: 42 Inches
- Waist: 34 Inches
- Biceps: 14 Inches
Eye ColourLight Blue
Hair ColourRegular Brown
International DebutODI- On 25 October 1996 vs South Africa in Faridabad
Test- On 5 November 1999 vs Pakistan in Brisbane
T20- On 17 February 2005 vs New Zealand in Auckland
Last International MatchTest- On 26 January 2008 vs India in Adelaide
T20- On 01 February 2008 vs India in Melbourne
ODI- On 04 March 2008 vs India in Brisbane
International RetirementAdam Gilchrist retired from international cricket in March 2008.
Jersey Number# 18 (Australia)
Adam Gilchrist jersey no 18
#18 (Hyderabad Deccan Chargers, Punjab Kings)
Domestic/State TeamFirst-class/List-A
• New South Wales (1992-1994)
• Western Australia (1994-1996/2007-2008)
Adam Gilchrist young photo.
Indian Premier League (IPL)
• Deccan Chargers (2008-2010)
• Kings XI Punjab (2011-2013)

• Middlesex County Cricket Club (2009-2010)
Batting StyleLeft Hand Batter
Favourite ShotPull shot
Records (main ones)• Fastest Ashes Century in 57 balls against England at Perth, in 2006
• Most dismissals by an Australian wicket-keeper in Test cricket; 414 dismissals in 96 Tests
• The first player to hit 100 sixes in Test cricket
• Three consecutive 50s in World Cup finals (1999, 2003, and 2007)
• Most dismissals in an ODI innings (6)
Awards, Honours, Achievements • Named one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year (2002)
• Australia’s One-day International Player of the Year award (2003 and 2004)
• Allan Border Medal (2003)
• Named in Richie Benaud’s Greatest XI (2004)
• Inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame (2012)
• Inducted into the prestigious ICC Hall of Fame (9 December 2013)
• Named Australia Post Legend of Cricket (2021)
Personal Life
Date of Birth14 November 1971 (Sunday)
Age (as of 2023) 52 Years
BirthplaceBellingen, New South Wales, Australia
Zodiac signScorpio
Signature Adam Gilchrist's signature
HometownBellingen, Australia
School• Deniliquin South Public School, Deniliquin
• Kadina High School, Lismore
Food HabitNon-vegetarian
ControversiesSquash Ball Controversy
Gilchrist used a squash ball in his batting gloves during the match and went on to score 149 runs in the 2007 ICC World Cup Final against Sri Lanka. Although the MCC clarified that he did not breached any rules of the game, he faced criticism from the fans and the pundits for his actions.
Adam Gilchrist squash ball controversy in the 2007 World Cup final
Criticized Sachin and Muralitharan in his autobiography
Adam Gilchrist in his autobiography True Colours (2008) accused Sachin Tendulkar of not showing transparency in the investigation matter for the 'monkeygate incident. Later, he apologized to Sachin Tendulkar on a phone call for his controversial comments and clarified the issue [1]The Times of India. He also raised questions on Muttiah Muralitharan's bowling action and criticized ICC for permitting the action.
Adam Gilchrist's autobiography
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsMelinda Sharpe (1989-1992)
Adam Gilchrist and Melinda
Marriage DateYear, 1992
Wife/SpouseMelinda Sharpe (Dietitian)
Adam Gilchrist with his wife
ChildrenSon(s)- 3
• Harrison Gilchrist
• Archie Gilchrist
• Ted Gilchrist
Daughter- 1
• Annie Jean Gilchrist
Adam Gilchrist with his family
ParentsFather- Stanley Gilchrist (Teacher and former Cricketer)
Mother- June Gilchrist
Stan and June Gilchrist at their home in Goonellabah
SiblingsBrother- 2
• Dene Gilchrist
• Glenn Gilchrist
Sister- 1
• Jackie Gilchrist
Adam Gilchrist with his parents and siblings
BatsmenBrian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli
Cricket All RounderAndrew Flintoff
Cricket GroundHPCA Stadium, Dharamsala
Holiday DestinationThe beachside town of Noosa in Australia
Style Quotient
Car Collection• Porsche Cayenne
• Mercedes-Benz
• Toyota Land Cruiser

Adam Gilchrist

Some Lesser Known Facts About Adam Gilchrist

  • He won the Brian Taber Shield while playing for Deniliquin South Public School and later became captain of the Kadina High School cricket team at the age of 13.

    Adam Gilchrist's childhood picture

    Adam Gilchrist’s childhood picture while playing cricket

  • To focus more on cricket, Adam completed his last year of schooling through correspondence. 
  • Adam’s father was a cricketer and played as a leg spinner for New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield league. [2]Stump to Stump
  • Adam’s wife is a dietitian, and they started dating each other in high school.
  • He likes to consume alcohol occasionally.

    Photo of Gilchrist enjoying liquor

    Photo of Gilchrist enjoying liquor

  • Gilchrist became the 129th player to make an ODI debut for the Australian national cricket team; he replaced Ian Healy for the series against South Africa in 1996.
  • Gilchrist’s first international catch was in the form of Hansie Cronje in his debut match against South Africa
  • Gilchrist recorded his first ODI century against South Africa in January 1998 at the Sydney Cricket Ground; he scored 100 runs from 104 deliveries.
  • Gilchrist’s debut in Test Cricket came in November 1999 against Pakistan, making him the 381st Australian Test cricketer to play for the team.
  • Gilchrist scored 340 runs with an average of 68 and 26 dismissals in his debut Ashes series in 2001.
  • Gilchrist holds the record for the highest score in a World Cup Final; he scored 149 runs against Sri Lanka in the 2007 ICC ODI World Cup Final.
  • After playing with Deccan Chargers Hyderabad for 3 seasons in the IPL, he was signed by Kings XI Punjab in 2011 for US$900,000 (Rs 7.5 crores approx.) and played for 3 seasons before taking retirement in May 2013.

    Adam gilchrist playing in IPL

    Adam Gilchrist playing in the IPL

  • Gilchrist scored 212 runs at an average of 30.28 in 7 matches for the Middlesex County Cricket Club in 2009.
  • Out of 16 centuries scored by Gilchrist, 8 centuries came while chasing, and the remaining 8 came while batting first, all resulting in victory.
  • Gilchrist headed the National Australia Day Council from 2008 to 2014; the council gives Australian of the Year award.
  • In 2010, TFS Corporation, a Perth-based sandalwood supplier appointed Gilchrist as their Global Ambassador.
  • Gilchrist has worked with numerous brands such as Nestle, Travelex, Fox Sports, Puma, and Castrol.
  • Gilchrist often likes to do charity work and associates himself with brands like Amway Australia and World Vision.

    Adam Gilchrist doing charity work

    Adam Gilchrist doing charity work

  • He received an offer from a US-based Baseball club, Boston Red Sox, which he denied as he wanted to focus on cricket at that time. [3]News24
  • Gilchrist was known for his honesty and fair play stints, one such incident happened in the Semifinals of the ICC ODI World Cup 2003 against Sri Lanka when he walked out from the crease even after the field umpire declared him not out. He was later declared out by the third umpire.

    Adam Gilchrist decided to walk after feathering an edge during the 2003 World Cup

    Adam Gilchrist decided to walk after feathering an edge during the 2003 World Cup semifinals

  • Gilchrist was the first international cricketer to accommodate the commercial sponsorship on his bat ‘Travelex sticker’ in 2002.
  • Gilchrist has featured in the Australian comedy series “How to Stay Married.” [4]Adam Gilchrist – Instagram
  • Here are the international statistics of Adam Gilchrist’s Cricketing career:
Adam Gilchrist’s International Career Stats
Format Matches Runs HS Average 100s 50s Catches Stumpings
Test – 1999-2008 96 5,570 204* 47.60 17 26 379 37
ODI – 1996-2008 287 9,619 172 35.89 16 55 417 55
T20I – 2005-2008 13 272 48
0 0 17 0
  • Here are the statistics of Adam Gilchrist in the IPL:
Season Team Matches Runs Average Strike Rate Stumping Catches
2008 Deccan Chargers 14 436 33.53 137.10 01 06
2009 Deccan Chargers 16 495 30.94 152.30 08 10
2010 Deccan Chargers 16 289 18.06 156.21 04 09
2011 Kings XI Punjab 14 383 27.35 129.83 03 09
2012 Kings XI Punjab 07 172 34.40 120.27 00 05
2013 Kings XI Punjab 13 294 24.50 128.38 00 12
  • Here are the statistics of Adam Gilchrist in the ICC ODI World Cup:
Matches Runs Average Strike Rate Best Score Stumpings Catches
31 1085 36.16 98.01 149* 07 45