Australian great Adam Gilchrist finds it “difficult” to adapt to the fast nature of Twenty20 cricket and says the slam bang format does not give players enough time to “correct mistakes”.
“I find it lot more difficult in T20 cricket where it is just happening and you don’t have time to make up for your mistakes or errors,such is the pace of that game,” said Gilchrist,who as captain of Kings XI Punjab is going through a lean patch in the ongoing Pepsi Indian Premier League. “In Test match cricket,traditional longer cricket,it was somewhat easier to be able to do that. You had a bit of time,if you did indeed make an error of judgement or didn’t react appropriately. You have got time to rectify that,” the former Australian wicket-keeper batsman said. Gilchrist has been struggling for runs in this edition of the IPL and had opted out of the playing XI against Mumbai Indians in Kings XI’s last game.
The veteran Australian said the decision to sit out was easy one but the realisation of going through a lean phase was difficult to accept.
“The end call wasn’t overly difficult but I guess coming to the realisation of that within yourself and acknowledging that you are not doing what you previously have been able to do,” said Gilchrist. “I have been playing so little cricket now,it is probably no surprise that I am not quite able to (do) what the current players are. I came into (IPL) this time with great hopes and belief that I could contribute but it has to pass with the acknowledgement within that I am not quite there anymore,” he added. Gilchrist,who has scored 94 runs in eight matches in this year’s IPL ,feels there were enough talented youngsters to take his place in the side.
KXIP coach Lehmann wary of Hussey,Dhoni
Chennai: Opener Michael Hussey and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s form with the bat is a cause of concern for Kings XI Punjab coach Darren Lehmann ahead of their IPL game against Chennai Super Kings here tomorrow. Hussey and Dhoni have so far accumulated 450 and 298 runs respectively from nine games each and Lehmann said Kings XI need to “come up with a plan” for the duo as they can take the game away from the opposition with their aggressive brand of cricket.