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Humble Gilly credits bowlers for turnaround

At 40-plus, most players either retire or are on the verge of retirement. But the way Adam Gilchrist batted against the Super Kings after a month-long injury break gave the impression that the Aussie legend has found a second wind. Ashutosh Sharma reports. Face off

india Updated: May 19, 2012 02:11 IST
Ashutosh Sharma

At 40-plus, most players either retire or are on the verge of retirement. But the way Adam Gilchrist batted against the Super Kings after a month-long injury break gave the impression that the Aussie legend has found a second wind.

His 64 off 46 balls brought back memories of the time when he was one of the most feared batsmen in international cricket.

With David Hussey leading the Kings XI well, it seemed curtains for Gilchrist, who is both coach and skipper of the team.

His leadership qualities were never in doubt but Thursday's win showed that he still has a lot of fire in the belly.

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The team's decision to leave out an in-form player like Shaun Marsh and play four pacers also paid off as they managed to stop the flow of runs.

Praising the bowlers for the win, Gilchrist said, "We had lots of discussions within the team. It was a risk to leave out a player like Marsh on the bench but it worked out well. Lots of inputs came from Vikram (Rathore), Joe Dawes and David Hussey in our win against the CSK."

It was Gilchrist's first match after tearing his hamstring and he hoped he had recovered for the team's last game of the season.

"For me it is one game at a time and seeing off the first game was crucial and now I am hoping I will recover with two days of rest," he said on the eve of the match against the Delhi Daredevils.

Parvinder Awana, who has perhaps been the find of the season, said he finds both Hussey and Gilchrist to be engaging leaders.

"Though out with an injury, Gilly was always there to help the players out. He always had inputs for us on how to improve our game. He has been always supportive and has backed us," said Awana.