Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here

Home > News >

IPL 2013: Adam Gilchrist blames Mohali pitch for loss against Rajasthan Royals

IPL 2013: Adam Gilchrist blames Mohali pitch for loss against Rajasthan Royals

Adam Gilchrist admitted that his team had failed to deliver as a unit in the batting department © PTI (File photo)

Mohali: May 9, 2013

Following his team’s eight-wicket drubbing at the hands of Rajasthan Royals in IPL match, Kings XI Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist attributed the loss to the “slow and dry” track at the PCA Stadium.

Chasing 146 to win, Rajasthan raced home with an over to spare.

After a strong start by Shaun Marsh and Gilchrist, the KXIP middle-order failed to build on it.

“Yeah, we had that foundation laid, I think the wicket was particularly slow and dry in comparison with anything we have played here during previous year. So different conditions, Rajasthan bowlers adjusted to those a lot better than we did as a batting team,” the 41-year-old Australian told reporters after the match.

While Rajasthan are sitting pretty with 18 points, KXIP have just five wins from twelve games and will have to win all their remaining four matches to give themselves a glimmer of a hope of making the play-offs stage.

Asked what was their target in mind, Gilchrist said, “We thought if we get to 150-160 it could be defendable, anything above 160 was going to be bonus, I thought. But their bowling line-up just really suited that (the wicket’s slowness).

“They have got the bowlers, their bowling style is such that they know how to take pace off the ball and bowl massive off spinning deliveries that get into the wicket.

“They were skilled enough to do that and do that well, that restricted our batting. It made very hard to hit a boundary and then our bowling is more sort of used to the faster pace of wicket here and big bounce and carry.”

Gilchrist said he was talking to Royals skipper Rahul Dravid when the game started and the latter felt he made “poor selection in not playing another spinner and someone else who can take the pace off the ball”.

“In hindsight, we would probably rather look at bowling options that is more suited to slow wicket. We’ve got a couple of niggling injuries. I think the biggest factor in the game was their ability to take pace off the ball and execute those slow balls extremely well,” Gilchrist pointed out.

Asked if David Hussey could have been used to exploit the slowness of the track, Gilchrist said, “We used eight overs of spin bowling anyway. By the time I used PC [Piyush Chawla] and Bipul [Sharma], they (Royals) just needed just about run a ball.

“I tried [R] Satish, he is a guy who can bowl little slower balls and try take pace off the ball. May be, I could have gone to [David] Hussey.”

And about the strategy for the remaining games, he said, “Last two years we have been in the same scenario in the road to qualify. We had to win all the four games in a row to qualify and we did three in a row and lost the last one (previously). So it is a difficult challenge for us, but it is certainly not impossible.

“With these scenarios come some sort of calmness, we know what we have to do, we don’t need to look at other results and how they go and we just got to do what we have to do and then we will check the net run rate and stuff, if we get those four victories.”

About his return to run-scoring ways, he commented by saying, “I wouldn’t necessarily say return to form, I just got a few runs. It was a naggy sort of wicket, never felt like you are really flowing. Rahane played beautifully, but nice to play again.”

Gilchrist admitted that his team had failed to deliver as a unit in the batting department.

“Yeah, that is probably an appropriate criticism and a frustration for us that we haven’t flowed as a batting group and built any real momentum and a couple of our wins out of five have been at the back of David Miller. I think that’s criticism that isn’t harsh in anyway, it’s probably accurate.”
 
 

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 24, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

More

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 23, 2014  at Dubai

Chennai Super Kings won by 7 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 22, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 72 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 21, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Chennai Super Kings won by 93 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 20, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014  at Dubai

Delhi Daredevils won by 4 wkts

Photos

CSK vs DD, IPL 2014 Match 8 at Abu Dhabi

Videos

IPL: Tanmay Mishra talks shows the contents of his kit

IPL 2013: Chris Gayle’s monumental 175 against Pune Warriors India

Who else but Shakespeare on the World Book and Copyright Day?

IPL 2013: Shane Watson’s scintillating century against Chennai Super Kings goes in vain

John Small — The first man to use a straight bat

IPL 2014: Dwayne Bravo’s absence a major blow for Chennai Super Kings

Chennai Super Kings Delhi Daredevils Glenn Maxwell India IPL IPL 7 IPL 2014 Kings XI Punjab KXIP vs SRH KXIP vs SRH 2014 MS Dhoni Rajasthan Royals RR vs CSK 2014 Sanju Samson Sunrisers Hyderabad

IPL 2014 set to break all records

Saleem Malik hits out at PCB for not reviewing his life ban

IPL 2014: Ravindra Jadeja says he enjoys bowling after Chennai’s win over Rajasthan

David Miller believes three consecutive wins in IPL 2014 ‘phenomenal’ for Kings XI Punjab

Ravindra Jadeja’s all-round show helps Chennai Super Kings trump Rajasthan Royals by 7 runs in IPL 2014 tie

Sachin Tendulkar: A timeless fairytale

Sachin Tendulkar: Why he remains my favourite cricketer

Sachin Tendulkar: How he made me fall in love with cricket

Sachin Tendulkar: The child, the father, but sexy? Not quite

Meg Lanning, Arran Brindle and other women cricketers who have led at a younger age than ther male counterparts

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

622 Posts | 7 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli's 77 during India vs Sri Lanka ICC World T20 2014 final at Dhaka

Google Street View now lets users go back in time

Amazon takes on Flipkart, offers self service registration to sellers

Bahrain expels envoy of Shiite Ayatollah Sistani

Sachin Tendulkar: How he made me fall in love with cricket

Now an ICU in your home — at a much cheaper cost!

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Live Cricket Score, IPL 2014: Match 11 at Sharjah

Is Cameron Diaz planning holiday for Gwyneth Paltrow?

BJP trying to take political mileage out of disaster: Rawat

Also on cricketcountry.com