Adam Gilchrist at centre of $380 million case of mistaken identity

The cricket icon has been quick to see the funny side of the astonishing mix-up.

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Adam Gilchrist has been forced to clarify incorrect reports that he's the world's richest cricket icon. Pic: Instagram/Getty
Adam Gilchrist has been forced to clarify incorrect reports that he's the world's richest cricket icon. Pic: Instagram/Getty

Aussie cricket great Adam Gilchrist has taken to social media to address the "fake news" that he is the wealthiest personality in the sport. Gilchrist is regarded as one of the greatest wicketkeeper-batters to ever play the game and has forged a successful career in media since his retirement.

The flashy left-handed batter scored 5570 Test runs at an incredible average of 47.6. He also scored more than 9600 runs in one-day internationals (ODIs) and combined for almost 800 dismissals across both formats of the game.

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Gilchrist is one of only three players to have won three ODI World Cup titles, alongside fellow Aussie greats Glenn McGrath and Ricky Ponting. The 51-year-old is one of the highest-paid cricket commentators for Fox Sports but he's been forced to deny wild reports that grossly over-exaggerate his net worth.

In a social media post by business magazine CEOWORLD, Gilchrist was incorrectly listed as the richest cricket icon on the planet, ahead of India greats Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Ponting. The post listed Gilchrist's net worth at a staggering $380 million.

Seen here, Adam Gilchrist looking on ahead of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup Final between Pakistan and England.
Adam Gilchrist looks on ahead of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup Final between Pakistan and England. Pic: Getty

The only problem is, they got the Aussie cricket legend mixed up with the Adam Gilchrist who founded global fitness giant, F45. The cricket icon obviously found the need to clarify the glaring mistake by taking to Twitter to explain the mix-up.

"A case of mistaken identity here folks," he wrote. "Unless of course my namesake who founded F45 played cricket, in which case it's completely accurate."

Cricket fans react to fake Adam Gilchrist news

Gilchrist was not the only one to see the funny side of the erroneous post, with cricket fans also chiming in on social media. Many joked that they were thinking about hitting up the Aussie cricket legend for a loan, after learning of his extraordinary wealth.

CEOWorld Magazine's figures listed South African legend Jacques Kallis and West Indies great Brian Lara at six and seven on cricket's rich list, with net worths of $70 million and $60 million respectively. Indian icons Virender Sehwag ($40m) and Yuvraj Singh ($35m), as well as Australia's Steve Smith ($30m) rounded out the top 10.

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