The 1999-2000 season had seen a more ruthless Australia sweep India 3-0, a group of fresh stars were added to Steve Waugh’s veterans and the team had seamlessly gone from arguably the best in the world to a whole new, higher plane.
Adam Gilchrist was symbolic of this shift, His impact was immediate and within 12 months he was the national vice captain.
As they flew to India in 2001, the tour was personally and collectively termed the ‘final frontier’ by Steve Waugh – the first test tour he’d been on in 1986 on remained the place he and Australia hadn’t won since .
By that stage Gilchrist had played in 14 tests for 14 wins, but as he lined up for the first test in Mumbai he couldn’t have imagined the rollercoaster series that lay ahead both personally and from a team perspective.
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