Indian Premier League 2012

Gilchrist to coach and lead Kings XI Punjab

Nagraj Gollapudi

March 23, 2012

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Bipul Sharma, Bhargav Bhatt and Adam Gilchrist are thrilled with the big win, Kings XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2011, Mohali, May 10, 2011
Adam Gilchrist now has dual responsibilities at Kings XI Punjab © AFP
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Injured Rimmington out

  • Western Australia fast bowler Nathan Rimmington is injured and has been ruled out for the entire IPL season. Rimmington has been diagnosed with medial tibial plateau stress reaction.
  • Kings XI had picked Rimmington at the auction last year for $20,000. The franchise said that they would not be seeking any replacement for Rimmington because they have a spare overseas fast bowler in Australia left-armer James Faulkner.

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

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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.

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