Indian fan helps CA track down Gilchrist's record breaking ball

Sydney, Nov 30 (UNI) An Indian cricket fan, Anandan Reddy's photograph has helped Cricket Australia (CA) to find Adam Gilchrist's record breaking ball that he hit out of the ground during the second Test against Sri Lanka at Hobart.

According to 'The Daily Telegraph', CA has tracked down the man, 'John' who still possess that record breaking ball, though the officials are yet to speak to him about the ball.

CA's public affairs manager Peter Young yesterday appealed to John, who is believed to be working at the Monash Medical Centre, to return the ball that Gilchrist cracked for his 100th six in Tests.

Young said, ''We have been able to track down the man who has the ball, but we could not talk to him. I can only appeal to the person to give it back to us, as it belongs to us, having paid 100 dollars.'' ''Adam hit it out of the ground. We have tried to get it back but it had disappeared. There is no finders-keepers rule in International Cricket,'' Young further added.

John was captured in a photograph taken by Reddy during the Hobart Test which was later published in print. He was seen in a red jacket with the ball in his right hand.

Earlier, during the second Test at Hobart, Gilchrist swung a Muttiah Muralitharan delivery out of the Bellerive Oval and the ball could not be retrieved after that.

Adam Gilchrist himself requested the person who had that ball and he even offered to give an autographed bat to the person.

He later said, ''I'm not a massive collector of memorabilia, but there are a few little bits and pieces that I'm sure every cricketer has stashed away that mean something to them.'' ''That's a unique sort of item, so I'd love to get it back. So whoever has got it, I'd be more than grateful,'' he added.

Gilchrist's manager Stephen Atkinson yesterday called for the ball to be handed over to Gilchrist and said, ''It's not his. It's as simple as that. I don't want him to get into trouble but he should return the ball.'' The Melbourne man, who got the ball, is believed to be on holiday in Tasmania, and was heard saying that he would keep the ball though he could sell it on eBay.


Story first published: Friday, November 30, 2007, 20:44 [IST]
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