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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  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2012, 15:52 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2012, 9:42 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.............

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2012, 8:24 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    best of luck K1X punjab for IPL 2012

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2012, 15:52 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2012, 9:42 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.............

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2012, 8:24 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    best of luck K1X punjab for IPL 2012

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | March 23, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Great choice by the team. I am big fan of Ghili, he is greatest allround wicket keeper of all time and a real aggressive captain too. Ghili will not disappoint his team at all. he is too good a player. Infect he is greatest of all time.

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    @Nazim - Definitely not a bad thought for grooming support staff! Although, I still favor a outsider as head coach just to shake things up with 'alternate thinking' once in a while. That i think is the best contribution from a coach in cricket ... I doubt if any IPL coach (who has few weeks in contract a year) can go about spotting talent from the domestic arena. Selection and cricket schooling is best done by Indian staff.

  • POSTED BY serious-am-i on | March 23, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Yuveraj will not play in IPL 2012, mendis. He belongs to Pune Warriors now and not KPXI

  • POSTED BY NazimIsmail on | March 23, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    I still dont understand why Indians are not appointed as coaches, be head coach, batting, bowling and feilding. Even the support staff should be indians, This is Indian premier league. Like the players who do well here are selected for Indian team, similarly Indian coaches and support staff who do well should be selected for serving Indian team. The game of IPL is played by Indians & for Indians .

  • POSTED BY MENDIS_Forever on | March 23, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Is Yuvraj fully fit for this edition?

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    wish Kings XI Punjab best of luck

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  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    wish Kings XI Punjab best of luck

  • POSTED BY MENDIS_Forever on | March 23, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Is Yuvraj fully fit for this edition?

  • POSTED BY NazimIsmail on | March 23, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    I still dont understand why Indians are not appointed as coaches, be head coach, batting, bowling and feilding. Even the support staff should be indians, This is Indian premier league. Like the players who do well here are selected for Indian team, similarly Indian coaches and support staff who do well should be selected for serving Indian team. The game of IPL is played by Indians & for Indians .

  • POSTED BY serious-am-i on | March 23, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Yuveraj will not play in IPL 2012, mendis. He belongs to Pune Warriors now and not KPXI

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    @Nazim - Definitely not a bad thought for grooming support staff! Although, I still favor a outsider as head coach just to shake things up with 'alternate thinking' once in a while. That i think is the best contribution from a coach in cricket ... I doubt if any IPL coach (who has few weeks in contract a year) can go about spotting talent from the domestic arena. Selection and cricket schooling is best done by Indian staff.

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | March 23, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Great choice by the team. I am big fan of Ghili, he is greatest allround wicket keeper of all time and a real aggressive captain too. Ghili will not disappoint his team at all. he is too good a player. Infect he is greatest of all time.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    best of luck K1X punjab for IPL 2012

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2012, 8:24 GMT

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