Sachin Tendulkar tweeted, "One of the best men to have ever stood behind a wicket," referring to Adam Gilchrist
Sachin Tendulkar (Above)tweeted, “One of the best men to have ever stood behind a wicket,” referring to Adam Gilchrist

Mumbai: Australia’s cricket legend Adam Gilchrist on Monday celebrated his 45th birthday at batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar‘s home, the dashing southpaw tweeted. “What a legend @sachin_rt at his home and he surprises me with “Gilly” cake on my birthday. #thoughtfulness #thanks,” tweeted the wicketkeeper-batsman with a picture of him and Tendulkar posing in front of a cake. “One of the best men to have ever stood behind a wicket, @gilly381! A very Happy Birthday to you mate! I hope you catch all the good times!” tweeted Sachin, to which Gilly, as he is popularly known, thanked him again. Gilchrist has 417 catches and 55 stumpings to his name in One-Day International (ODI) cricket, a record that was beaten by Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara in 2015. READ: Adam Gilchrist opens up on comparison between Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar

With the bat, the explosive batsman scored 5,570 runs in 96 Tests at an average of 47.60. In ODIs, he scored 9,619 runs from 287 matches at a strike rate of 96.94. Gilly retired from international cricket in March 2008. South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock is often compared to Gilchrist with the way he plays his cricket, but the youngster however played it down. I don t try to play like him, it s just the way I play, de Kock told reporters. I don t see myself being like him, I just see the ball, hit the ball type thing, have my own certain game plan. So that s the way I like to play. De Kock s stand of 144 with schoolboy friend Temba Bavuma was the highest by a visiting team in Hobart for the sixth wicket. De Kock has now scored 540 runs in the current calendar year for an average of 80, which is the best in the year so far.

Some days I can get off to a good start and keep a good momentum for the team, and some days I am going to need to grind it out, de Kock said. The conditions determine how I play, I guess. De Kock became only the fourth South African to score 50 or more in five consecutive Tests after he swept spinner Nathan Lyon for four over wide mid-on. He is averaging 84 in the current series batting at No.7 following scores of 84 and 64 in the crushing first Test victory in Perth.

(With inputs from IANS)