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The wizard of Oz

education Updated: Dec 14, 2011 10:36 IST
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Both my parents were teachers… so there was always emphasis on valuing your education. But my interest in cricket took me to the Australian Cricket Academy in Adelaide when I was about 18 years old. I actively played cricket during my school days and wanted to be a fast bowler. However, I was fascinated by the wicket-keeping gloves and went on to become a wicket-keeper. My parents and family encouraged me throughout and have been instrumental in my success.

First high
Though there have been several high points in my career, I would still say playing for Australia was extremely satisfying and indeed a matter of pride for me. Another special moment was when Steve Waugh, for the first time, asked me to open the batting against South Africa in the finals of a tri-nation tournament, which also featured New Zealand, in the 1997-98 season. I scored a 20 in the first final and a century in the second. I still cherish that moment.

Other instances include winning three back-to-back World Cup titles and also winning 16 tests in a row.

My idols
I look up to Steve Waugh because he instilled the belief in me that I could open the innings for the team, after having batted lower down the order. He was a great captain and is an amazing person. Tom Moody is also a great mentor as he’s the one who guided into playing first-class cricket.

My idea of success
I have had the opportunity to play with and against some of the best players in the world. My team has always been a great source of inspiration and I think when you’re on the field representing your country, it makes you feel proud and hungry for success.

Dealing with failure
Sport is all about wins and losses, and every player must learn to deal with failure. If you lose a game or have a bad day on the field, it’s important not to let it affect your next outing on the field. You should not let it hamper your mental energy and should be treated as a means of improving your ability and performance.

I look up to Steve Waugh because he instilled the belief in me that I could open the innings for the team. He was a great captain and is an amazing person. Tom Moody is also a great mentor as he’s the one who guided me into playing first-class cricket —Adam Gilchrist, Australian cricketer