Pune Warriors v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2011, Mumbai April 10, 2011

'A poor all-round performance' - Gilchrist

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Adam Gilchrist, the Kings XI Punjab captain, has described his team's seven-wicket defeat at the hands of Pune Warriors, making their first IPL appearance, as a "poor all-round performance." Gilchrist fell in the first over of the day, after opting to bat, and if not for Ryan McLaren's fighting half-century, Punjab would have struggled to even reach triple-figures.

"It was a poor all-round performance. It started with me in the first over and that set the tone for the innings," Gilchrist said. Punjab didn't help themselves, dropping a couple of easy catches in Pune's chase. Both Yuvraj Singh and Robin Uthappa, batsmen who took Pune home with some big hits, got a reprieve. "A couple of catches could have been taken and that would have left them at five for 70 odd. We just weren't good enough today," Gilchrist said.

Punjab, like several other teams, underwent a revamp after the IPL auctions and Gilchrist said it would take a little time for the team to settle down. "We felt comfortable enough coming in to this game, but we need to take little steps [towards improving]. We will go back and work on it, it's a long tournament and the only way is up.

"McLaren was outstanding, the bowlers did create some chances, picked up wickets and there were several players who hadn't played the IPL before so to be just involved in the experience, that is a positive in itself."

Yuvraj, meanwhile, said he enjoyed captaining Pune to a maiden win and claimed captaincy appeared a tougher job when he led Punjab. "The first two years that I captained Kings XI Punjab, I took a lot of pressure on myself and was getting distracted a lot in the field. This time I just thought I'll be calm and relaxed and that worked for me.

"It was a good toss to lose, we bowled wicket to wicket, back of a length and got the results."

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  • mster57 on April 11, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    we all now that mumbai and chennai are probably the strongest teams but it would be nice if pune won and if they let tim paine play.

  • DSPAP on April 11, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    i think pune,mumbai,chennai are the favorites to win IPL

  • jmoses on April 11, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    Kings XI Punjab and Deccan Chargers look the most weakest in this IPL whereas Mumbai Indians, Pune Warriors and Royal Challengers Bangalore are looking strong. Some Franchisees are just relying on foreign players to do the job for them and they have ignored picking some good young Indian players. This strategy will certainly backfire and it will be too late by the time they realize this fact.

  • on April 11, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    I also wonder whoever had went to select the Punjab team they must be a bunch of idiots.I cant understand their middle order is so dam brittle.the only player i feel in their entire 11 can turn a game around is Shaun Marsh.They should have had someone like an Tamim Iqbal or even someone like an Brendon taylor if money was a contraint they would have been cheap buys and yes they would be much more effective

  • sarga2006 on April 11, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    Mumbai indians rocks...... see the talent they are having........Slinga Malinga,bhajji,sachin,rohit,symonds,rayadu and on top of everyone great Pollard. and what a mentor they are having legendary Shaun pollock. i hope mumbai march into finals and CSK lose terribly.

  • peterprasanna on April 11, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    @shaileshrocks : All you Pune supporters,CSK will rock on April 25 and 27.

  • santhoshvai on April 11, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    I guess Mumbai Indians are the best side in this ipl..perfectly balanced with top internationals and domestic players...you guys are all praising of pune??...look at that side ..it very unbalanced...definitely they cant win!

  • harshalb on April 11, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    CSK is owned by rascala Srinivasana, they will take every advantage they can.

  • shaileshrocks on April 11, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    All you chennai supporters..luk out for Pune Warriors..with all due respect to Dhoni..Yuvi's men are going to dethrone you at least in IPL

  • manusharma on April 11, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    i guess that standing of IPL teams will remain same till the end as it is after the first round off.. 1. Pune 2. Mumbai 3. Rajasthan 4. Bangalore 5. CSK 6. KKR 7. Kochi 8.DC 9.DD 10. Punjab

    Big Loosers: Punjab and DD Loosers: DC, KKR and CSK Big Gainer: Pune Warrior

  • mster57 on April 11, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    we all now that mumbai and chennai are probably the strongest teams but it would be nice if pune won and if they let tim paine play.

  • DSPAP on April 11, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    i think pune,mumbai,chennai are the favorites to win IPL

  • jmoses on April 11, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    Kings XI Punjab and Deccan Chargers look the most weakest in this IPL whereas Mumbai Indians, Pune Warriors and Royal Challengers Bangalore are looking strong. Some Franchisees are just relying on foreign players to do the job for them and they have ignored picking some good young Indian players. This strategy will certainly backfire and it will be too late by the time they realize this fact.

  • on April 11, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    I also wonder whoever had went to select the Punjab team they must be a bunch of idiots.I cant understand their middle order is so dam brittle.the only player i feel in their entire 11 can turn a game around is Shaun Marsh.They should have had someone like an Tamim Iqbal or even someone like an Brendon taylor if money was a contraint they would have been cheap buys and yes they would be much more effective

  • sarga2006 on April 11, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    Mumbai indians rocks...... see the talent they are having........Slinga Malinga,bhajji,sachin,rohit,symonds,rayadu and on top of everyone great Pollard. and what a mentor they are having legendary Shaun pollock. i hope mumbai march into finals and CSK lose terribly.

  • peterprasanna on April 11, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    @shaileshrocks : All you Pune supporters,CSK will rock on April 25 and 27.

  • santhoshvai on April 11, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    I guess Mumbai Indians are the best side in this ipl..perfectly balanced with top internationals and domestic players...you guys are all praising of pune??...look at that side ..it very unbalanced...definitely they cant win!

  • harshalb on April 11, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    CSK is owned by rascala Srinivasana, they will take every advantage they can.

  • shaileshrocks on April 11, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    All you chennai supporters..luk out for Pune Warriors..with all due respect to Dhoni..Yuvi's men are going to dethrone you at least in IPL

  • manusharma on April 11, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    i guess that standing of IPL teams will remain same till the end as it is after the first round off.. 1. Pune 2. Mumbai 3. Rajasthan 4. Bangalore 5. CSK 6. KKR 7. Kochi 8.DC 9.DD 10. Punjab

    Big Loosers: Punjab and DD Loosers: DC, KKR and CSK Big Gainer: Pune Warrior

  • on April 11, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    I have my own doubts on whether gilchrist can rescue Punjab.Gilly has been out of cricket for almost an year and he doesnt have any magic want that he suddenly can come up with superlative performances.Yeah no doubt he is a good captain and safe behind the stumps as well but i dont think you can expect individual brilliance from him at this stage

  • vinchester on April 11, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    How come the punjab franchise got fooled by selecting Gilli as the captain. All the cricket he plays is only in IPL. He is woefully out of touch. iam surprised that sourav was not picked and Gilli is in . Its a strange world.

  • on April 11, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    Chennai is the venue for the semis and finals because csk were the champions last year. Even the 1st champions league's final was in hyderabad as dc were the champs..

  • on April 11, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    @altaf - thats crap... please look at the schedule closely and its awful for CSK... for eg, we play one friday in mumbai, then the following sunday in chennai and then again the next tuesday in mumbai... whoever thought of such a schedule is a true moron...

  • on April 11, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    @altaf : the venues for semis and finals are decided based on the finalists of the previous edition. So much for that. As for the scheduling, one team had to get a prolonged break and it happens to be CSK. no big deal. what was the advantage they had with auctions?

  • Vishal_Surana on April 11, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    I feel this year IPL is predictable looking in balance in team. I see CSK, MI, RCB as clear semi-finalist. KKR & PWI with many match winners. Weakest is KXIP and DD. I also failed to understand DD not reserving Gauti, Dilshan and AB de villiers as all are match winner.

  • Vishal_Surana on April 11, 2011, 2:31 GMT

    I agree the Punjab went with worst mindset in auction. They picked none of good Indian and overseas player. Understanding this is the full team they can have this is worst team. I understand they had problem with Yuvraj but what about other force in Indian cricket. I do not understand why players why these franchises failed to pickup low budget match players like Alma, Tamim Iqbal, Trott, many sitting in back bench of CSK and MI.

    Pune too is weaker team on bowling side. I barely see any match winner bowler. I assume they will be chasing throughout the tournament as bowlers cannot defend on batting favorable condition. Also do not forget that they they dropped both Yuvi and Utthappa.

    I also do not agree with statements from all losing team that they have new team. Pune, Rajasthan, Bangalore are also pretty new again but they performed. Infact KXIP & DC team member had more time to practice together compare to other teams because of world cup.

  • Dhoni_Forever on April 11, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    @altaaf; I'm rather amazed at your sense of judgement, alleging that CSK have an advantage with their match schedules and the auctions. What "advantage" do you think CSK had @ the auction this year? Funnily, there seems to be an implicit acknowledgement of CSK's might on your part, for you seem to have already admitted that they are going to go through to the semis. Maybe you have an ingenious idea or two, where you'd schedule the venue of the semis only after all the round robins have been played out. If yes, I'd be glad to hear that from you. Also, please put in a more concerted effort in finding faults with CSK. This wasn't really good enough.

  • altaaf on April 10, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    I truely hope KXIP does well this year, this team has already gone through too much. Guys I just wanna ask you all, what do you think about the IPL schedule? Does'nt it suit Chennai Super Kings, They do have a long break after each match compared to others initially? it suits them for player recovery and to plan and to have a look at other teams in advance even before playing them. Looks like things will be going there way even this year from player auction to match schedules and semi and finals played in chennai.

  • avidfan on April 10, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    probably the weakest team in the IPL..instead of making good solid acquisitons, preity zinta an co hav gone on to degrade the team quite well... the purchase of gilchrist and sean marsh seems to be the best example...a more inform batsman like upul tharanga or hashim amla could do a better job at steadyin the ship than these two batsman..gilchrist is one of the greatest openers of all time but now his age is over an sean marsh is a discard of the aussi team.. quite a hard time upfront for PUNJAb

  • on April 10, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    I am very surprised with the team KXIP have.Remember,in the auctions they were s till left with a large amount of their purse unused.Michael Bevan admitted his mistake of not following the trend of paying huge cash for Indian players.I think that was huge mistake and it would hurt them very badly which is really sad.I do not see them getting any better.Their saving grace ,the only guy who could have rescued them,their captain Gilchrist is now out of cricket for sometime and he is not going to be the same force.It is a huge blunder to get a coach who has no previous experience of IPL or Indian cricket scene and most importantly who fails to do his homework on players before the bidding started.

  • on April 10, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    Congratulation to Yuvi on fantastic win! The pitch was tough for batting, even Abhishek Nayar was made to look like Dale Styn at times. Once Smith begins to fire, no stopping to Pune! Looks to be a balanced side with Uthappa keeping.

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  • on April 10, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    Congratulation to Yuvi on fantastic win! The pitch was tough for batting, even Abhishek Nayar was made to look like Dale Styn at times. Once Smith begins to fire, no stopping to Pune! Looks to be a balanced side with Uthappa keeping.

  • on April 10, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    I am very surprised with the team KXIP have.Remember,in the auctions they were s till left with a large amount of their purse unused.Michael Bevan admitted his mistake of not following the trend of paying huge cash for Indian players.I think that was huge mistake and it would hurt them very badly which is really sad.I do not see them getting any better.Their saving grace ,the only guy who could have rescued them,their captain Gilchrist is now out of cricket for sometime and he is not going to be the same force.It is a huge blunder to get a coach who has no previous experience of IPL or Indian cricket scene and most importantly who fails to do his homework on players before the bidding started.

  • avidfan on April 10, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    probably the weakest team in the IPL..instead of making good solid acquisitons, preity zinta an co hav gone on to degrade the team quite well... the purchase of gilchrist and sean marsh seems to be the best example...a more inform batsman like upul tharanga or hashim amla could do a better job at steadyin the ship than these two batsman..gilchrist is one of the greatest openers of all time but now his age is over an sean marsh is a discard of the aussi team.. quite a hard time upfront for PUNJAb

  • altaaf on April 10, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    I truely hope KXIP does well this year, this team has already gone through too much. Guys I just wanna ask you all, what do you think about the IPL schedule? Does'nt it suit Chennai Super Kings, They do have a long break after each match compared to others initially? it suits them for player recovery and to plan and to have a look at other teams in advance even before playing them. Looks like things will be going there way even this year from player auction to match schedules and semi and finals played in chennai.

  • Dhoni_Forever on April 11, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    @altaaf; I'm rather amazed at your sense of judgement, alleging that CSK have an advantage with their match schedules and the auctions. What "advantage" do you think CSK had @ the auction this year? Funnily, there seems to be an implicit acknowledgement of CSK's might on your part, for you seem to have already admitted that they are going to go through to the semis. Maybe you have an ingenious idea or two, where you'd schedule the venue of the semis only after all the round robins have been played out. If yes, I'd be glad to hear that from you. Also, please put in a more concerted effort in finding faults with CSK. This wasn't really good enough.

  • Vishal_Surana on April 11, 2011, 2:31 GMT

    I agree the Punjab went with worst mindset in auction. They picked none of good Indian and overseas player. Understanding this is the full team they can have this is worst team. I understand they had problem with Yuvraj but what about other force in Indian cricket. I do not understand why players why these franchises failed to pickup low budget match players like Alma, Tamim Iqbal, Trott, many sitting in back bench of CSK and MI.

    Pune too is weaker team on bowling side. I barely see any match winner bowler. I assume they will be chasing throughout the tournament as bowlers cannot defend on batting favorable condition. Also do not forget that they they dropped both Yuvi and Utthappa.

    I also do not agree with statements from all losing team that they have new team. Pune, Rajasthan, Bangalore are also pretty new again but they performed. Infact KXIP & DC team member had more time to practice together compare to other teams because of world cup.

  • Vishal_Surana on April 11, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    I feel this year IPL is predictable looking in balance in team. I see CSK, MI, RCB as clear semi-finalist. KKR & PWI with many match winners. Weakest is KXIP and DD. I also failed to understand DD not reserving Gauti, Dilshan and AB de villiers as all are match winner.

  • on April 11, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    @altaf : the venues for semis and finals are decided based on the finalists of the previous edition. So much for that. As for the scheduling, one team had to get a prolonged break and it happens to be CSK. no big deal. what was the advantage they had with auctions?

  • on April 11, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    @altaf - thats crap... please look at the schedule closely and its awful for CSK... for eg, we play one friday in mumbai, then the following sunday in chennai and then again the next tuesday in mumbai... whoever thought of such a schedule is a true moron...

  • on April 11, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    Chennai is the venue for the semis and finals because csk were the champions last year. Even the 1st champions league's final was in hyderabad as dc were the champs..