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Cool climes but hot contest

Adam Gilchrist has fallen in love with this scenic spot. The Deccan Chargers' skipper is apparently finding it tough to stay in the hotel, and is out exploring most of the time. "He's out every morning and walks to the nearby villages," said a local, reports Subhash Rajta.

cricket Updated: Apr 16, 2010 00:40 IST
Subhash Rajta

Adam Gilchrist has fallen in love with this scenic spot. The Deccan Chargers' skipper is apparently finding it tough to stay in the hotel, and is out exploring most of the time. "He's out every morning and walks to the nearby villages," said a local.

Whatever he has seen of the place during these early morning excursions has left him overwhelmed. "Just when you think you have seen all of India, you come across with something even more fascinating. It's so beautiful and I am loving every second of it," said Gilchrist.

Even as the cooler climes and breathtaking view refresh the worn out players, there's perhaps one negative influence the setting could have on them - shift their focus off the immediate task.

And that's something the Chargers can ill afford. They have come back strongly in the race to the semis by winning their last three matches, and need to beat the Kings XI on the morrow to keep hope flickering.

"We need to keep winning and then hope that we have done enough to deserve a place in the semis. A huge team effort has been behind the turnaround in the last three games and we hope to keep it going," said Gilchrist.

Even though the Chargers are riding on the back of three consecutive victories, they run into a rejuvenated opponent.

Kings XI, who have had a horrible season, are finally playing like a unit and have scalped the two top teams -Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils - in their last two encounters. So, even as rumours - ranging from Yuvraj Singh wanting to opt out of the team, to the franchise owners looking for a buyer, and the romantic link-up of Preity Zinta and Brett Lee - continue to fly thick and fast, Kumar Sangakkara will be desperate to round off an ordinary season on a positive note.

In an otherwise spick and span set-up, it's the 22-yard strip in the middle that has a curious look to it. "Yes, it looks a bit strange as of now. While a part of it looks like a desert, bereft of grass, the rest of it has grass on it," said Gilchrist.

Looks can be deceptive and it could well turn out to be an absolute belter.