Beleaguered Deccan Chargers captain Adam Gilchrist today refused to blame any individual player for his side's disappointing performance in the Indian Premier League but conceded they have been a collective failure so far in the tournament.
"I think we could say that all of us in our team
had a couple of glimpses of fantastic performances and probably too many glimpses of disappointing performances," Gilchrist said on the eve of their IPL match against Royal Challengers Bangalore here tomorrow.
"It is not targeting anybody individually, it is targeting all of us. It has been an inconsistent performance thus far. But we have got time to rectify that," he said.
Defending champions Deccan Chargers have won just three out of nine matches and they are in the seventh position in the eight-team IPL but Gilchrist would dwell on the positives.
"It is disappointing. We showed the other night (against Rajasthan Royals) we are improving. We have made progression from the few games we had prior to last one. That is pleasing obviously. The end result was no points. But we have to look ahead after that improved performance," said Gilchrist.
"If we have to make it to the semifinals, we have to win every game. We know what we have to do now. There are no second chances. Hopefully, that is enough incentive for us to produce our best cricket," said the Australian.
Gilchrist conceded that his side had not been consistent in IPL III but also rued that they lost some close matches.
"It shows how delicate Twenty20 is. We saw that happen two days ago, it was on knife's edge. We have not played consistently well but T20 can go either way. It is a fine line between success and disappointment. We have got a lot of work to do and we have to give our best shot at it," he said.
Asked whether he is prepared for spinners being employed by Bangalore as opening bowlers, Gilchrist said, "It will be interesting to see whether that will happen in this ground and on this wicket. That is the decision Anil has to make.
"Look it is no surprise. Whether you face a spinner in first over or in 10th over, you have got to play them well and try your best. That is what I would be looking to do."
He said the travelling schedule has been hectic for all the teams and felt it could be better in the next season.
"It has been extremely demanding. I know everyone is busy. I think at this point of the tournament, it has been an extra demand on our side. It doesn't necessarily is the reason for our performance. I don't attribute our form to schedule but it has made our work very difficult.
"We can't do anything about it. It is IPL rules. We will be looking to discuss the situation with the IPL for the next year's tournament," Gilchrist said.