Indian Premier League auction 2011

Gilchrist to captain Kings XI Punjab

Nagraj Gollapudi

January 10, 2011

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Adam Gilchrist watches a ball speed to the boundary, Deccan Chargers v Mumbai Indians, IPL, Mumbai (DY Patil), March 28, 2010
Adam Gilchrist, who captained the Deccan Chargers to the trophy in IPL 2, was bought by Kings XI Punjab for $900,000 © Indian Premier League
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Adam Gilchrist, the former Australia wicketkeeper, will be the captain of Kings XI Punjab for the fourth season of the IPL, the Punjab coach Michael Bevan has said. Bevan said Punjab bought Gilchrist, who led Hyderabad to the trophy in the IPL's second season, specifically for his leadership skills. Gilchrist was bought on the first day of the auction for $900,000.

"The main reason we picked him was because he is the captain," Bevan, who was appointed Punjab coach four days before the auction, said. He also brushed aside any fears of form or fitness issues Gilchrist might have considering he is the second oldest player in the IPL at 39 years. "Even if he is not at the peak of his career, I still feel as a leader he has a lot to offer. In Twenty20 cricket you are not asking the guy to strike at 120 in the opening position. You are asking for guys to strike at 140 or 150 and Gilly is the type of player who can turn in three or four match-winning performances over the season."

It was Gilchrist who contacted Bevan, with whom he played alongside in the 1999 and 2003 World Cup winning sides, as soon as he heard the news. "He pretty much rang back straightaway and has been involved in the team-building process in the auction after that. That is a great sign; him lending his experience with some of the players he has played with. As a coach, you want your captain immersed in what we are trying to achieve."

Gilchrist was the first player bought by Punjab, on January 8. They proceeded to buy 10 more players, with only four Indian players, the backbone of any IPL team, adding wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik, batting allrounder Abhishek Nayar, legspinner Piyush Chawla and seamer Praveen Kumar.

Bevan reckoned spending big money on some of the Indian players might have been a gamble, but he did admit he was new at the IPL poker table. "I was not sure paying two million for a really good player would pay off, but we will wait and see." Punjab had at their disposal a purse of $9 million, but came out of the auction with $2.17 million left unspent. Though he did not say it plainly, Bevan confessed Punjab might have erred in not risking more money on players. "Perhaps we misread the market a little and misread the pricing. There was some fever-pitch bidding, with Indian players going for sky-high prices which we never expected."

Even though he knew Indian players would go for pretty high prices because there were only 48 of them, Bevan was surprised by how much some of the younger players got. "There was always going to be a premium on the Indian players. We were happy to go with some good solid younger players, but even they went for lots of money."

Punjab lost out on several players whom they started to bid for, only to be outbid by other franchises. Mahela Jayawardene, who played for them in the first three seasons of the IPL, was bought by Kochi for $1.5 million after Punjab had made a $1.4 million bid. They bid the same amount for Yuvraj Singh, Punjab's captain in the first two seasons and their icon player, only to lose him to the new Pune franchise for $1.8 million. They also lost bidding wars for Australia allrounder Cameron White, India batsman Rohit Sharma, and allrounder Irfan Pathan, who was part of their team for the first three seasons.

Bevan pointed out that the team owners had decided to stick to a certain budget. "As a coach you also got to go with your budget constraints and hence we had to work out the pricing. It is all part of the big picture. It is just not having the ability to get anyone you want."

Punjab will now have to fill up the rest of their squad with the uncapped Indian players and India Under-19 players.

Bevan admitted that taking over as the Punjab coach is the most high-profile job he has ever done, and said the fact he entered late into the piece meant he was a little bit nervous before the auction. But he remains confident of Punjab's prospects because of the presence of Gilchrist.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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Posted by atulcricket on (January 13, 2011, 23:41 GMT)

Somebody please tell Kumble to stay away from negotiating or asking players to play for RCB. its a torture on players. Please kumble stay away from asking players. you can be mentor or whatever but please please as a president of KCA its really bad on your part to ask players to play for RCB. no matter how decently you ask them but they will always be scared of refusing to you.

I really feel sad for players and will feel more sad if I will have to hate you for this as have always been your fan and have prayed for your presidency (before election).

I even dreamed of you being BCCI president one day (even you might not have thought about that as early). I just don't understand how a Legend like you didn't see anything wrong in this??

Posted by Hamza.Aziz on (January 13, 2011, 9:32 GMT)


Posted by   on (January 12, 2011, 10:41 GMT)

Punjab - Gaps in mid order but strong at the top and bottom 1 Gilchrist, 2 Marsh, 3 Hussey, 4 Karthik, 5 Harris/Mascarenhas/ Broad/Rimmington, 6 Praveen, 7 Chawla, 8 Abhishek Nayar (they need two more uncapped batsman and one more uncapped bowler)

Posted by selvasnz on (January 12, 2011, 6:58 GMT)

IPL teams don't need any aussies as captain or coach, if it so, they will go for picking only aussie players, as if they are going to win, the team owners will learn a lesson, soon.

Posted by Rokingrishav on (January 12, 2011, 6:37 GMT)

Great to see Gilly as a captain again but some good batsman lack in the team.They also lack one qualityspinner anyway......................................

Posted by   on (January 11, 2011, 17:18 GMT)

Hopefully this time the fate supports Gilchrist and he leads Punjab to victory and bring some joy to the depressed Punjab Camp

Posted by   on (January 11, 2011, 15:25 GMT)

yes it is good to have gilly as a captain but at the same time who will takes the cloves behind the stumps Dinesh Karthik or Adam Gilchrist???????????????

Posted by nyroot on (January 11, 2011, 15:10 GMT)

Gilly to captain Punjab and most probably Sangakarra will become captain of Deccan... interesting. As a Deccan fan, one hard feeling that I have is that Gilly did not give us a single victory at Hyderabad and he just cannot playing spin bowling.

Posted by   on (January 11, 2011, 13:37 GMT)

Damnnnnn only 48 players in country containing population of over 150 carore people. Now this is sad. Fast bowlers are like water in desert for India. India thinks that by playing IPL they'll get more talent but i am afraid to say that this wont help. Cricket is about natural skills and Inda has quite few of them like Sachin, Raina, Yuvraj, Kumble but upcomming lot of players are failed to match these legends. I am a cricket lover I love Sachin Tendulker but i am afraid that after him we are not going to witness any player like him again.

Posted by smartguy786 on (January 11, 2011, 13:24 GMT)

SInce they are no Pakistanio Players, We have no interest in IPL, Sorry to say the IPL guys have missed out Big

Posted by Thunee_man_Naidoo on (January 11, 2011, 13:18 GMT)

Punjab took most of the Deccan players

Posted by   on (January 11, 2011, 13:15 GMT)

Kochi is having the worst batting lineup and the best bowling attack they should have gone for some good balenced side

Posted by vsvinuraj on (January 11, 2011, 11:58 GMT)

Well .. not putting uncapped players to the auction list is not such a bad idea after all.... it sends acros the message to players that.. if they want to get paid well... perform well in domestic n get into indian team... which is not bad after all.... rayudu will of course want to play well n get into indian team after seeeing wht tiwary got..

Posted by At..... on (January 11, 2011, 11:35 GMT)

Yes, Church is back again!!! Thanks to Preity for selecting Gilly as skipper. All the best Gilly.......................

Posted by   on (January 11, 2011, 11:25 GMT)

a good decision..............hopefully gr8 for punjab.....

Posted by ArmaanSingh on (January 11, 2011, 11:23 GMT)

Now KingsXI is sort of AUS-XI.

Coach (Aus): Michal Bevan Captain (Aus): Adam Gilchrist Batsmen (Aus): Shaun Marsh Batsmen (Aus): David Hussey Allrounder (Aus): Ryan Harris

Posted by   on (January 11, 2011, 11:07 GMT)

Ujas do not get me wrong how come kochi is balanced team the team is lobbed with blowers u only need three or four blowers max anyway best of luck

Posted by anver777 on (January 11, 2011, 7:52 GMT)

I hope Gilly's captaincy will bring something special for King XI this time around !!!!!

Posted by   on (January 11, 2011, 7:37 GMT)

IPL 4 winner would be Kochi or MI.. Both teams have the most balanced side and great match winning players. Again KKR has made blunder by not choosing balanced side... But Punjab would definitely come in Semi Finals..

Posted by arun_chethalloor on (January 11, 2011, 7:16 GMT)

Go Gilly Go...., and take the cup....

Posted by   on (January 11, 2011, 7:11 GMT)

I agree with Ramesh Narayan - that the uncapped players should also be auctioned. Now, the big daddies have got astronomical sums, whereas poor uncapped players have to be content with scraps thown by the franchisees - thanks to the lpsided rules of the IPL governing council.

Posted by Alexk400 on (January 11, 2011, 6:32 GMT)

Paying 2.4 million for gambhir is worst choice. Also pathan won't shine if u make him center of attention with 2.1 mil. Team will target him. If they get him cheap they think the won. Delhi is worst. They had great team first 3 years ..did not win anything. I thinkk it is direct relation to how bad sehwag is in captaincy.

Posted by Samar_Singh on (January 11, 2011, 6:18 GMT)

Gilly the great ... This time punjab could do something with gilly's ability and experience.... Ganguly was never a bigger match winner than Gilly in any format of the game...Good luck gilly..

Posted by   on (January 11, 2011, 6:16 GMT)

Why not have an auction with the balance amount for the Indian uncapped and left over capped players and also for the rest of the foreign players who are willing to go under the hammer at a much reduced price.This is avoid uneasy underhand dealings.

Posted by cricinme on (January 11, 2011, 6:11 GMT)

Dada, dada, dada ... I am fed up of hearing this. He was a great player once, no doubt but does he still have this in him now. He was a total failure for Bengal in this years Ranji trophy. Come on guys, stop talking nonsense.

Posted by   on (January 11, 2011, 6:04 GMT)

In Twenty/20's you dont neccesarilly need someone who is going to get big scores opening the batting. While it is handy, really there job is to get 25-30 runs off aboutr 15 balls and really set the tone. I remember in the last IPL he only got 38 runs but did it in 17 balls and it really put Delhi I think it was on the back foot. Sure he might gte a few ducks but you dont need to win every game. I think KXIP needed a few more Indian players, I would have put alot of money on Yusuf Pathan as he is a known IPL performer but what's done is done. I eont be totally surprised if Bevan himself is talked about playing during the tourny.

Posted by Sam_freehit on (January 11, 2011, 5:40 GMT)

Gilly is a gem of a player and more of his role will be like Shane Warne for Rajasthan Royals. There are key decisions to be made and only true leaders who have seen it all can handle this and make the difference. However, Kings XI Punjab has done a major blunder by not getting few good players. This seems like going on the way how Deccan Chargers played 1st IPL. Gilly will do a lot but lack of team contribution is going to cost them failures in IPL 4. With other teams having a strong foundation I do not see Kings XI Punjab topping the charts apart from few hiccups they will give to others. Bad list Preity.

Posted by sona123 on (January 11, 2011, 5:35 GMT)

IPL 2011 league is fatigue league , Look at kings IX punjab team, no one is Punjbai boy in the team why should be suppot this team, by only using word punjab don't mean this team belong to punjab .. harbhajan ,yuvraj, Gony no one in this team. We Punjabi People Don't accept this.....XXXX THIS IS NOT SPORTS , ITS ONLY AND ONLY BUSINESS BUT WE ARE FAN OF SPORTS XXXX

Posted by DhakkanCharger on (January 11, 2011, 5:30 GMT)

Shame on people who are comparing Gilly,the winner of IPL trophy with the failure Ganguly.there is not match for Shane warne,Dhoni and Gilly in among all player.they are the trphy winners.

Posted by mischievous on (January 11, 2011, 5:27 GMT)

Yeah, really, in these changes Ganguly should have got a place, and now it looks like KXIP was the best place for him, they even had a couple million dollars to spare! Gili & Dada could form the team for the next two/three seasons and the team image would have been sky high. Sadly enough, KXIP didn't do so, lets not hope them doing even worse than the last seasons...looking fwd to see their performance.

Posted by   on (January 11, 2011, 5:22 GMT)

ha ha, Ganguly open with Gilly ....? what a joke......! ganguly suppose to be a boring batsman nowadys, last IPL proved that, Moreover Ganguly's eco never allow any team to go forwin........simple as that..........thank god ,no one take him.......

Posted by   on (January 11, 2011, 5:19 GMT)

so sorry for kxi punjab!!!!!! gilly is getting old now!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (January 11, 2011, 5:09 GMT)

Now There is a chance to come to Quarter Finals and to Semi Finals

Posted by krankenhaus on (January 11, 2011, 5:01 GMT)

Gilly is a legend. Ganguly, while great, is past it. and not very cool.

Posted by   on (January 11, 2011, 4:27 GMT)

They should have easily taken Sngakkara, their main stay during last three IPLs instead of Gilly. The tipical Ausi mentality will do no good this time also to KingsX11

Posted by jimbond on (January 11, 2011, 4:25 GMT)

Good that they bought Gilchrist. Gilly is another much underestimated captain. People dont realise that in the Aussies only series win in India the past three decades, Gilly was the captain. Players much worse than Ganguly have been bought at much higher rates. But its Ganguly's ego that makes him a misfit in most teams. Some team (possibly Kolkata or Pune) could have bought him and let him run the total show, but otherwise he is not a meek team player. The only player under whom he may play without problems is Sachin (or if he was still playing- kumble). Punjab, having bought Gilchrist should not have bought Dinesh Karthik. They could have as well bought any much better Indian batsman, and got a Ranji WK to back up Gilchrist. Not a bad team- a lot depends on the local players that they manage to get.

Posted by KrashNBurn on (January 11, 2011, 4:21 GMT)

Ganguly over Gilchrist.What nonsense. Gilly is a proven matchwinner while Ganguly has spent the the second half of career unproving his matchwinning credentials. Gilly is a wicketkeeper to boot. Ganguly is just baggage. Gilly may not be on the top of his fitness but Ganguly never really was fit. Gilly generally well liked while Ganguly has his fans he is also quite divisive.

Posted by BULTY on (January 11, 2011, 4:20 GMT)

It is no surprise that Gilli has been appointed captain of KXI PUNJAB. Last year there was a horrible mix up between Yuvi & Sanga on the captaincy issue. So this was a safe tip to make Gilli captain. Bevan, no doubt, was himself a specialist limited overs player and he along with Gilli will make a good combination. Now Bevan relying on Gilli for inputs is again not surprising & there is nothing wrong in it. Gilli has been in IPL for three seasons & Bevan is new to the Indian young players. With young Indian players KXI PUNJAB can still make a good side.

Posted by sugukumar.79 on (January 11, 2011, 4:15 GMT)

punjab gonna kost sure .........punjab this time will be in 10th rank....

1)mumbai 2)kkr 3)csk 4)bang 5)delhi 6)deccan 7)pune 8)rajastan 9)kochi 10)punjab

team will get rank like this,i think

Posted by pozx on (January 11, 2011, 3:50 GMT)

What is the management of KXIP doing. I am sure and i can guarantee you the way KXIP management are handling things, they will surely fire Bevan midseason(After suffering heavy losses). lol!!!

Posted by johntycodes on (January 11, 2011, 3:13 GMT)

Did I read this right can someone please tell me was cameron white mentioned as an all rounder in this article. Do they count fielding as an all rounder now?

Posted by   on (January 11, 2011, 2:45 GMT)

I think Punjab is certainly look one of the team to reach semis they have marsh who is in terrific form they have a descent Indian cricketers who looks certain in starting 11 we know dk is not reliable but he is an asset nayar is a good hitter praveen is one of the best t20 bowler and i am sure harris out of this year ipl they can have a fast bowler replacement may be siddle and a great thing is they have a spirited leader in the name of Gilchrist for this year and sure he is going to take a role similar as fleming for csk from next year,(i think deccan errored in this one new team new skipper is not a good idea) for me Gilchrist is worth every penny

Posted by   on (January 11, 2011, 2:38 GMT)

Seems that Bevan is relying totally on Gilly. Wonder what Bevan himself was hired for ?

Posted by   on (January 11, 2011, 2:26 GMT)

KXIP should have bought more Indian players. esp. Ganguly. He is better captain than Gilly and play well in middle order. at his base price, ganguly could have been a stealer.

Posted by   on (January 11, 2011, 1:33 GMT)


Posted by Danizo on (January 11, 2011, 1:11 GMT)


That article in question was probably an extract from Gilly's autobiography, True Colours.

Posted by nzcricket174 on (January 11, 2011, 0:54 GMT)

Punjab should have picked up Ganguly right at the end when nobody bid on him. Gilly and Ganguly opening? Sheesh, what a combination that would be.

Posted by Dr.K.H.Iyer on (January 10, 2011, 22:42 GMT)

Vix Zixx: Gilly any day over "Dada"! If Gilly's in good touch, KIXP can rest well assured!

Posted by Scgboy on (January 10, 2011, 20:51 GMT)

bank on gili!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (January 10, 2011, 20:43 GMT)


Posted by   on (January 10, 2011, 20:21 GMT)

Looks like team back with CA Alumini.....there are tons of INdian Players to experiment in IPL with cheap Prices.Not getting,y they paid hefty price tag to Gill whether it is just to bring glamour tocuh or to make Bevan comfortable with Punjab team.Anyway we will wait and see whether these changes will bring any luck to Punjab...

Posted by On_me_head_son on (January 10, 2011, 20:21 GMT)

No surprise Gilly was snapped up by Kings XI Punjab. This guy is one of my favourite players of all time. Here's some interesting information for all you fellow cricket lovers out there on this Aussie legend - I was reading an article not so long ago in one of the well-known cricket magazines about a young 15 year old Gilchrist. A league side in Middlesex were looking for an overseas player & one of the guys got a letter from an Australian aquaintance saying they had this young lad who could do with the experience of English club cricket.Anyway, the young Gilchrist came along & smashed 4000 runs for the season for both senior and colts sides combined!! In his first game for the mens team he hit a ton. It was not long before the Australian Academy called him back. Now there's class!!!

Posted by getgopi on (January 10, 2011, 19:44 GMT)

Gilly seemed a bit "out of it" toward the end of IPL3. I wonder if he can make an impact in IPL4.

Posted by Nikhsvap on (January 10, 2011, 19:28 GMT)

Bevan and Gilchrist combo is great. They should also get Damien Martyn. These guys are match winners. Now they should get Under 19 guys who can field. I am excited to see Punjab Shers rising to the occasion.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2011, 19:09 GMT)

They could have done better by utilising the unused money. After all unused money is not saved money. I agree that in the opening position the strike rate has to be minimum 140 to 150. Someone should tell Ganguli and his supporters that at strike rate of 105 at opening position in 26 matches of IPL, even if with an average of 23 he is a match loser.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2011, 19:03 GMT)

Gautam Gambhir is Captain of KKR.....nice

Posted by Kurapati on (January 10, 2011, 18:56 GMT)

Punjab is gonna retain their downfall as previous 2 IPL's!! what a bunch of jokers KXIP has got!! they are gonna thrashed in IPL4 like anything!!

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