Island Cricket

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Adam Gilchrist's feeble attempt at selling his autobiography

What better way to market your own autobiography than to feed the Aussie public's dislike towards sub- continental cricketers? The publishers of any cricket autobiography - from down under - would warrant some form of controversy or who would buy a book on Adam Gilchrist's life story barring a few hardcore fans?

Thus far his book has been marred with controversial claims and name calling. Initially Accusing Sachin Tendulkar of unsportsmanlike conduct and being dishonest and now calling Murali a Chucker. What better way to sell a book than to call Test Cricket's highest wicket taker - Pariah to all oblivious Aussies - muttiah muralitharan a chucker? The direct excerpts of his book and Gilchrist's statements show that he has not an iota of knowledge behind the tests which cleared Murali or the subject.


Understanding Murali's action - Sky News

Cricinfo quoted Gilchrist as saying "the argument that Murali's suspect action was an optical illusion was legally correct, it was a direct attack to the spirit of the game". It is evidently OK to disregard scientific evidence and fact to defame another sportsman to sell your own book, all that apparently is well within the spirit of the game.

Muralitharan's action not clean - Gilchrist

Gilly goes on to fuel more conspiracy theories in his autobiography ironically titled True Colours by claiming that Murali - a cricketer from a poor third world Island nation - " seemed to enjoy a kind of political protection." I don't blame Gilchrist for mistaking Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans for India. The all powerful Indian board may seem to get it's way in today's cricketing world but Murali was in no means cleared by asian authorities nor was he cleared due to any political influence.


Ian Chappel's view on Murali's action

If you read my post titled Muttiah Murali Muralitharan | Debunking The Urban Legend you will know that the the suggestions to amend the chucking laws came from non other than the scientist from the University of Western Australia and a six man panel which included the likes of Tim May (AUS) and Micheal Holding (WI). The rule change was also authorised by the MCC.

ICC defends 'chucking' procedures

Gilchrist called the rule change "horse crap" and said the situation had reached an absurd point where the laws were changed to accommodate Murali. "When I heard that the rules would now allow degree of straightening - 15 degrees to be exact, a fraction more than Murali's straightening had been measured at - I thought 'That's a load of horse crap. That's rubbish." - Cricinfo


What Adam clearly does not seem to know is that 15 degrees is the point that the human eye can detect any flexation or jerk in the bowling action. One does not expect athletes to know much about science or dwell deeply into facts. Therefore it doesn't surprise me to hear Gilchrit's opinion on Murali's action. It however would make for one hell of a defamation case in a court of law considering Murali has the game's governing body, prominent Australian bio-mechanist and the MCC on his side. For too long has Murali remained quiet when others have utilised him as a pawn to gain media attention and for commercial gain.

By Hilal


21 Comments:

Anonymous said...

No matter how many times he walked before the umpire gave him out, all that doesn't matter now. He has undone all his work to portray an ethical person by following the advise of his publisher.

Shame on you gilly!

He called Sachin and apologised for his remarks in the book, wonder what he would do now to pretend he is still that proper gentlemen.

Roz said...

Adam would have a lot more people buying his book if he spoke glowingly of people as opposed to trying to cause a controversy. It is truly a shame since you earlier stated that your opinion of Murali was misquoted. Gilchrist also went on record to say he had no issues with his action in the past. Low life scum anything to make money and make their entire nation look bad.

Anonymous said...

I like to take this opportunity to send my greetings with love to Gilchrist and his family. I hope his mother is well.

Damith S. said...

For a man who played to the spirit of the game, it seems he has forgotten all about it after he left it.

Shame on him.

thekillromeoproject said...

Murali should sue him for defamation of character and then we'll all see him trying hard to backpedal.....lol

Sachintha said...

Total bullshit.

You are losing my respect Gilly, you do.

It's a shame on you, and all those good work of walking and all... no use...

http://sachtheone.blogspot.com/2008/11/oh-why-gilly-why-now.html

Brian said...

The stupid pixie has also said that the rules were changed and allowed by the MCC and ICC because of Arjuna's remarks to the press at the time that it was a race related issue. You would think the stupid fuck would fact check his claims before he makes a fool of himself.

Anonymous said...

wonder if he included his squash ball aid ! no surprise from a convict ! never grant any of them bail

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Anonymous said...

Gilchrist has always been known to walk away whenever he was dismissed prior to the umpire’s decision and similarly one would have expected him to declare that he has inserted a squash ball into his glove preceding the commencement of his innings in the world cup final which then is consistent to his policy of honesty and integrity.

Anonymous said...

Gilchrist didnt finish high school what do you expect from a drop out like him? When will these Australians realise just because it looks like a jerk that it doesn't "stress under continuous bowling". Tom Moody defended Murali because he saw all the reports, the videos and the evidence clearly proves Murali doesnt throw it nor does he need to throw to bowl the way he does. The test conducted on Murali also showed that even after 50 overs of bowling even when his shoulder level is low and it appears to be more of a jerk it's still not a chuck.

Hilal said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPLqQRB79Jw

Damith S. said...

Breaking News: "Murali set to release a tell all biography after he retires"

Murali went on to say that he will write the book himself in contrast to people like Adam Gilchrist who had to employ a ghost writer as 'Gilly' dint get past grade 2.

As is the case with many Australians.

Anonymous said...

I thought Gilchrist was a good guy...what happened?

Anonymous said...

Gilly was a good guy till his wife started talking a lot about Murali at home. Now his ears are bigger than we last saw them and he has a tendency to wear pampers, squash balls are there too maybe I don't know. We wish them all well anyhow and hope his sisters & mother too don't start talking about Murali at home. Will make silly gilly go insane and an instant noodle for a bully hee hee.

Anonymous said...

"15 degrees is the point where the human eye can detect..." - murali is under this 15 degrees. why does his action look so dodgy then, if his action bends less than the human eye can detect?

gilly's a saint. everyone wants to jump up and down because you heard third-hand what he said. read it idiots.

Anonymous said...

Anonymouse why dont you watch the video included in the above post?

or watch this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GU95Qkam3Gg

Anonymous said...

all you guys are idiots... they changed the law from 10 degree to 15 degree after they found out murali's action was over the 10 degree. hu gives a shit about if you can see it or not, they changed the law, only because of him

Anonymous said...

@anon above..you stupid douche bag why do you go out of your way to look a moron?? Mcgrath was tested at 13 degrees!!!

sridhar said...

Will all the people stop the bullshit here. Gilchrist one of the gentlemen of the gentlemen's game and stop accusing. Gilly was showing doubt but not cricticizing.

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