Indian Premier League 2012 March 23, 2012

Gilchrist to coach and lead Kings XI Punjab

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Adam Gilchrist will double up as coach-cum-captain at Kings XI Punjab starting this season. The franchise has appointed Gilchrist, the former Australia wicketkeeper, as head coach for the next three years.

Gilchrist will find ample Australian support on the coaching bench: Joe Dawes, the newly-appointed India bowling coach, and Mike Young, fielding consultant previously with Cricket Australia, would serve as Kings XI bowling and fielding coaches respectively. Vikram Rathour, currently coach of the Punjab state team in domestic cricket, will be the assistant coach to Gilchrist.

Gilchrist replaced his former Australia teammate Michael Bevan, whose contract was not renewed by the franchise. "We were impressed with his leadership and his technical skills in his first year at Punjab. So it was a natural progression to make him in charge of everything cricket at KXIP," Arvinder Singh, the head of the franchise's management, told ESPNcricinfo.

Arvinder said the franchise felt there was no need for an exclusive head coach for various reasons. "You don't have access to your players through the year. You just get to meet them a week to ten days before the IPL starts and then you play sixteen games through the season. So the coach per se is not going to be somebody who is going to upgrade your skills during that period," Arvinder said. "You need a person who can understand each individual and the kind of value he brings to the team and utilise it to the maximum."

Gilchrist, Arvinder pointed out, was the right person in the right place to accomplish that. "Gilchrist is the captain and with his vast experience is in a good position. It is best to let one guy decide along with the right support staff and let him decide things."

Meanwhile, Patrick Farhart, who served as Kings XI physiotherapist in the first three seasons of the IPL before moving last year to Mumbai Indians has returned.

Edited by Abhishek Purohit

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on March 26, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Jacob Oram should get a chance in place of injured Nathan Rimmington.....

  • dummy4fb on March 26, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Gilly is too old now. He can be good coach & captain but retaining his form is very difficult.

  • class9ryan on March 24, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    @ mendis: Never forget age and form r temporary but class is permanent. He can add value for every side he plays for even now

  • dummy4fb on March 24, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    yes gilly is gonna coach kxip hope dat dey will win this ipl

  • yoohoo on March 24, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    @MENDIS_Forever - No Yuvraj won't be playing IPL this year.

    There is only one problem with this move. Frankly, Gilchrist has become too old now, his age was apparent even in the last IPL where he could not perform properly. He is still there only to earn as much as he can, but he is not as reliable as batsman as he was 2-3yrs ago.

  • dummy4fb on March 24, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    I AM THE BIGGEST FAN OF KINS XI PUNJAB AND I AM SURE PUNJAB IS GONNA ROCK THIS SEASON .................................. COME ON K.XI.P ............. U R THE BEST................. GILCHRIST IS BEST T20 LEADER AND PUNJAB WILL SUREL;Y FIND SUCCESS THIS TIME UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP(as captain and coach)................................... i wont miss any mohali match this season................. excitement and excitement.................. enjoy.............

  • dummy4fb on March 24, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    All the best to Kings XI Punjab and Gilly.Rock in the field.

  • Vivian_Richard on March 24, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    It seems to be a well thought out choice, following that of the Rajasthan Royals. Adam's an educated cricketer, our cricketers can learn a lot from him and hopefully a couple of them can hit the big league a year or two from now.

  • dummy4fb on March 24, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    best of luck K1X punjab for IPL 2012

  • class9ryan on March 24, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    2 have GILCHRIST- d gr8est wicket-keeper batsman of all time is just too good for KXIP. He is aggressive captain and far too aggressive batsman. a Perfect T20 captain cum opener batsman.

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