IPL 2012: Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist to miss tie against Deccan Chargers

Adam Gilchrist picked up an hamstring injury during the match against Kolkata Knight Riders at Mohali AFP

By CricketCountry Staff


Mohali: May 13, 2012

Kings XI Punjab Skipper and coach Adam Gilchrist on Saturday said, he won t be available to play for his team s match against Deccan Chargers in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match at Mohali.

“I am not playing tomorrow unfortunately. I was hoping to be alright, but that is not the case, so I will be missing the game tomorrow,” he said at the press conference.

Gilchrist picked up a hamstring injury while running between the wickets during a match against Kolkata Knight Riders. Countryman David Hussey has taken over the team as stand-in skipper in his absence.

Despite a poor run in the initial matches of IPL 5, Punjab have struck form and are still in contention for the playoffs spot. With 12 points in as many matches they are at seventh spot but have played a game less than other teams.

Backing his team to do well, the former Australian wicketkeeper said, “I think we are playing with that [high] intensity and intention [to win] throughout the tournament because if you let one [game] slip early, you can t guarantee that you will [be able to] make it up later. [We have been] trying to put in that extra effort all the way through and try to win the hard effort award.”

Speaking about poor performance at home, Gilchrist said he isn t concerned with such results as most of the teams also have a similar record of losing at home in this highly competitive season. It s only the start of the game that matters.

“I think I am reasonably accurate in saying that a number of teams have had a similar record [as us] in games home and away. I think it s more the nature of Twenty20 and the timeline between the success and loss. So I don t harbor any doubts of us playing [well] here. It s a case of a fresh start, at the start of the game no matter what the venue is. I certainly don t see any issue with the wicket in relation to our team balance,” Gilchrist was quoted as saying by the official website of Indian Premier League.

Despite a poor run in the initial matches of IPL 5, Punjab have struck form and are still in contention for the playoffs spot. With 12 points in as many matches they are at seventh spot but have played a game less than other teams.

Punjab will fancy their chances against a lackluster Deccan Chargers who have struggled to challenge most of the teams this season. On the other hand, the David Hussey-led side will look to add two more points to heat up the race for the last four spots.