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In India only cricketers are superstars: Adam Gilchrist – Economic Times

Indian cricket fans remember his explosive batting and record-breaking wicket-keeping in ODIs and Tests. But Adam Gilchrist is playing on a different wicket these days and batting for Australian education in India.

Appointed as Australia’s first education ambassador to India a few months back, he takes his role seriously and is supporting his government’s efforts in promoting educational ties with India. Gilly, as he is called, visits India often and was in Delhi recently as part of Australia’s skills-training initiative in collaboration with the Indian government. He spoke to ET Magazine on a range of topics —from the Indian cricket team to his favourite hotspots in the country. Excerpts:

On whether his popularity as a cricketer will help in building stronger educational ties
Earlier, as ambassador of the University of Wollongong (in New South Wales, Australia), I had helped forge relation- ships with India; now I have this role with the Australian government as the education ambassador to this country.

Coming from a family of educators, I place great importance on education. Even during my cricketing days, when I travelled the world and saw different land- scapes and cultures, a common thread that ran across was the power of knowledge.

Education and under- standing are vital to succeed in anything. I was happy to respond when I was asked by the Australian ministry of education to support them in their endeavours to forge stronger links with India.

I understand the…

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