Nice start to Kings XI Punjab's IPL journey, says Adam Gilchrist

Adam Gilchrist said it is nice to have won against three of the most fancied team in the competition – Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings in a row © PTI

New Delhi: Apr 24, 2013
 
Crediting his bowlers for the comprehensive five-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist said his team has put itself in the right direction starting the four-match away journey with a victory.

“Now, we have got now three of the most fancied team in the competition in KKR, Mumbai and Chennai in a row. It’s a nice way to start this trip. We have made a step in the right direction,” Gilchrist said at the post-match press conference on Tuesday night.

The former Australian wicketkeeper said his bowlers did a fine job by restricting the Daredevils to a modest 120 after choosing to bowl.

“It was terrific to get another win. The way Harmeet [Singh] came on and implemented his skills was terrific. To restrict them to 120 was a great effort. Back-to-back wins build a good spirit and lift the spirit within the team,” he said.

Gilchrist also praised his opening partner, Mandeep Singh, who once again got the team off to a flier in a small run chase.

“Mandeep [Singh] has been fantastic for us. I have let him down by getting out first. He has been able to consolidate with whoever comes in,” the 41-year-old added.

Harmeet, who was awarded the man-of-the-match for taking three wickets, said his quick adjustment to the wicket helped him perform better.

“I was a double-paced wicket as some balls were going through and some stopping on batsmen. It was important to read the wicket quickly and adjust your variations,” the medium pacer said.