Newsfile, May 17 May 17, 2013

Gilchrist to retire from IPL at end of season

Rohan Sharma

Adam Gilchrist has decided he will part ways from the IPL upon the conclusion of the tournament. His form, until recently, was highly questionable, and it seemed only natural that he would retire at the end of the season. However, his 85 off 54 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore was followed up last night with a 26-ball 42. It would seem that his upturn in form has come at a crucial time for Kings XI Punjab, who need to win their last remaining match, and hope other results go their way, to enter the top four. "Last year, I sat here and said I am finished, I probably won't come back, but I came back. I am not looking for any grandstand finish, but in two days, it will be [the] last time I play on this ground. Little things like that are really exciting and lift your enthusiasm levels. I just love this place, this region, it's been one of the greatest experiences of my cricketing life, to be able to come up here and play cricket."

Bowling to Sehwag a dream come true Sandeep Sharma has been a revelation for Kings XI Punjab over the last few weeks. His performances have included a 3 for 21 on debut against Hyderabad Sunrisers, and then yesterday with 3 for 23 against Delhi Daredevils, which ultimately proved to be a vital spell. In an interview with, he expressed his joy at being able to bowl to some of his cricketing heroes, and what that experience has meant to him, both personally and as a developing bowler: "I was enjoying it. I have grown up watching them. It was my dream to play with them, bowl to them. It has come true. There was no pressure. Even if they hit me I felt I would get to learn from that experience, how to bowl at the higher level." When asked if there is a vast gulf between domestic and international cricket, he said he didn't see too much of a difference, "I have never thought that there is a difference in the batsman or the wicket. I always think that a good delivery is a good delivery whether I am bowling at the U-19 level or Ranji Trophy. I have to be confident and do not think about what the batsman will do and believe in my strength."

Rohan Sharma is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Aishwarya on May 20, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    Oh Adam Gilchrist, you have been a truly spectacular cricketer over the years! I have enjoyed watching you bat for Australia as well as the IPL...captaining and mentoring many prospective youngsters, as well as being one of the few "gentlemen"in the game... Good luck for the future Gilly! We'll all miss you!

  • Raminder on May 19, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    No words to appriciate. Congratulation on a great career..Another cricketing great retires to the history books. but you are the one of the brilliant Wicketkeeper beyond the stumps and batsman to ever play cricket like this. Really hats off to you were a champion and still remain a champion. No one become like you in the whole world...... you will be my no. 1 favorite player and m always dying to see batting....i am very sad cuz i won't see you play cricket and u were truly a best captain for kings XI punjab and we forgot the 127m six u hitted against rcb at dharamshala. who can forget your sport man spirit of WC semi final againts srilanka where you walk off before umpire decision...You are trur gentleman who will be remember for long time ..... All the best Gilly and Thanks for entertaining us...

  • Dummy4 on May 17, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    Gilly is THE most aggresive batsman the cricketing history has seen,...very few have influenced the WAY the game is revolutionized modern've scored the secon fastest Test hundred, you've an ODI strike rate of 96!!, and you tonked a 127 meters monster hit in Dharamsala :P You couldn't have entertained more... Will miss you Gilly, the best ever!

  • Dummy4 on May 17, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    We always speak about Warne, McGrath and Lee for the dominance of Australia during the last two decades, however the real backbone of Australia's test team was Adam Gilchrist. In addition to being a good keeper he averaged above 55 for most part of his test career with a strike rate of well over 80. Which means he was more effective than all top batsmen of his time and being a wicket keeper he enabled Australia to have 7 specialist batsman. Opponents feared australia because, Australia had a batsman who can come in at 7 and change the course of the game with in 10 (and consistently).. Above all he is a great captain and the only captain to win a test series in India..

  • Dummy4 on May 17, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    It's an honor to have watched your play, Gilly. You sir, are a genius!

  • Dummy4 on May 17, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    There can and will be only one Gilly!!! Very fortunate to have seen so many of your wonderful knocks! It didn't matter if India lost as your innings was mesmerizing!!!

  • Ganesan on May 17, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Gilly you are one of the best wk batsman to ever play cricket. I had the privilege of watching you live in Antigua during World cup where you hit some phenomenal sixers. All the best in retirement.

  • Dummy4 on May 17, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    goodbye Gilly U been fantastic throuout the IPL carrier will missed u lot thanx

  • Dummy4 on May 17, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    You are the real king of cricket, the magician. And for many people you are reason why people watches cricket. Hats off to you. You are the real entertainer, your team will definitely miss you. Thanks for entertaining us. Hope u might have continued playing. We all will miss you. Thanks for giving us a wonderful journey of cricket. Love your style and the brilliant performance. Your the example for any team. You are the king of kings. IPL will miss you :( You have given excitement to the audiences and entertained us. Thank you once again.

  • Dummy4 on May 17, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    It has always been exciting to watch Gilly play for KXIP. The guy sometimes just needs a couple of balls to get going.Such an attacking and at the same time a humble player who loves the sport. Given a lot of entertainment in the IPL for the past 6 years. Thank You Gilly :) GILLY GILLY YEAH..!!

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