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T20 at par with Test cricket: Gilchrist
PTI
Centurion, May 23, 2009
First Published: 12:35 IST(23/5/2009)
Last Updated: 12:38 IST(23/5/2009)

The unforgiving nature of Twenty20 which does not give teams a chance to resurrect after committing a mistake puts it at par with Test cricket in terms of pressure, feels Deccan Chargers skipper Adam Gilchrist.

"I think Twenty20 cricket applies more pressure on the players. It is at par with Test cricket simply because in T20s it is a real battle of wits – as a batsman it is against the bowler and if you are a bowler then it is against the batsman," Gilchrist said.

"...It is like a game where whoever blinks first could end up paying the ultimate price. There is just no time to make a mistake. In a Test match, if you make a mistake you get time and the opportunity to resurrect. I think that is the beauty of the game. It can be played in different formats but the basic constituents of the game remain the same," he added.

The retired Australian wicket-keeper-batsman led his team into the Indian Premier League finals with a breathtaking 35-ball 85 in the semis against Delhi Daredevils here last night.

Gilchrist said with 15 years of international experience he should have finished off the game for Deccan with a hundred.

"It is surely disappointing to get out before the break. I should have seen the side home. You think after 15 years of international cricket you would have learnt something for sure, apparently not," he said.


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