Sydney: Former Australian swing bowler Gary Gilmour passed away after a prolonged battle with health related complications. He was 62.
Gilmour was a left arm swing bowler and a left handed batsman. He played 15 tests and five ODIs for Australia. He shot to fame after the semi-final of the inagural World Cup in 1975 where is took his career best figures of 6/14 to dismiss England for a paltry score of 93.
Later while chasing 94, Australia were tottering at 39/6. Gilmour showcased his talent with the bat this time around by contributing an unbeaten 28 in a partnership of 55 with Doug Walters, thereby earning the Man of the Match award. He followed this performance with figures of 5/48 in his 12 overs in the final against the West Indies, though he ended up on the losing side.
In the five ODIs he played, he picked 16 wickets at an average of 10.31. He also took 54 wickets in 15 tests at an average of 26.03. His promising career was cut short by a foot injury.
He underwent a liver transplant in the year 2005. He continued to suffer from various health problems and died after a hip operation on Monday.
Gilmour is survived by his wife Helen, daughter Brooke and sons Ben and Sam. His third son Clint, died recently of Brain Cancer.