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'Indian young turks are amazing'

Adam Gilchrist says power-hitters in young Dhoni's side have redefined the game with their amazing strokeplay.

cricket Updated: Nov 15, 2007 13:06 IST

Awestruck by the young trailblazers in the Indian one-day team, Australia's 'Greatest ODI Cricketer' Adam Gilchrist said power-hitters in Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side have redefined the game with their amazing strokeplay.

Without naming any particular player, Gilchrist said he was stunned by some of the shots played by the Indian youngsters during the Twenty20 World Cup and the seven-ODI series last month.

"Some of the things I saw in India, some of the shots their young players are playing and the power in the game at that Twenty20 tournament was amazing," he was quoted as saying by the 'Sydney Morning Herald'.

Gilchrist said after looking at the Indian youngsters, he began to wonder whether his days as a power-hitter were all but over.

"I definitely feel like I have still got a role to play and still can be very much a feature in one-day cricket, but it's a bit different. There may have been a time when I was a trailblazer, (but) I think it has surpassed me now. I'm not saying I'm redundant, it's just the way the game is evolving, and it's exciting," he explained.

The wicket-keeper batsman, who was voted Australia's greatest one-day cricketer by his fellow players, said the changing face of the game was making it tough for him to keep pace.

"The way the guys are hitting them these days, I don't feel like I'm keeping up," Gilchrist, who turned 36 yesterday, said.

The affable stumper felt Steve Waugh's decision to promote him as an opener was the turning point of his career and helped him create a niche for himself.

"It enabled me to forge my identity at the top of the order and contribute more than just an average of 25 in the middle order and keeping," he said.

Asked whom he voted for in the poll for selecting Australia's ODI great, Gilchrist said he opted for his current skipper Ricky Ponting for his brilliant leadership of the team.

"There were a couple of times when I had little runs of outs and didn't feel like I was contributing as well as I wanted to."

"Other times I've had great loyalty from Ricky. The captains I've had have continued to encourage me and almost laugh at me if I've even hinted that perhaps I'm better moving down," he said.

First Published: Nov 15, 2007 12:39 IST