Kings XI Punjab v Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2012, Dharamsala May 20, 2012

'I've played my last game of cricket' - Gilchrist

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Adam Gilchrist, the Kings XI Punjab captain, has said his playing career looks to be over. Gilchrist, who retired from international cricket in 2008, captained Deccan Chargers to the IPL title in 2009 and took over the leadership of Kings XI in 2011. The defeat against Delhi Daredevils in Dharamsala on Saturday, he said, was his last game, and added he would consider a full-time coaching role with Kings XI if offered; he'd been carrying the dual responsibility of captain and coach/mentor this season.

"I would say I've played my last game of cricket just there," Gilchrist said after the match. "I'll go away and have a think about it and talk to the franchise. If the franchise is still keen to keep me involved as coach, which is a role I've really enjoyed, I find that I still enjoy being around the group. To be honest I didn't miss the cricket that much.

"I loved the fact that I could play the last couple of games, but I didn't have the horrible desire that I was missing out. There isn't that fire burning in my belly quite like it used to. I have to think about it but I just feel I won't be playing."

Kings XI were shut out of contention for a place in the playoffs after they were beaten in their final league game by Daredevils. Gilchrist missed nearly a month of the IPL action this season due to a hamstring injury. "To miss the playoffs was disappointing. But there were some positives, especially the performance of some of the domestic players. Mandeep Singh, Gurkeerat Singh, Parvinder Awana... They've all done well and the exciting thing is that there's still scope for them to learn, improve, develop and make that adjustment to the next level."

Gilchrist has played 67 IPL games, scoring 1775 runs at 27.73 and a strike-rate of 140.20. He's scored two centuries and 10 fifties. Of his IPL experience, Gilchrist said: "The IPL will feature prominently in my memories of cricket. To come with a team that was last the previous year and win the title was very special (Deccan Chargers). One of the great memories of my cricket career was at this ground last year -- that partnership (206 against Royal Challengers Bangalore) with Shaun (Marsh). So yeah, it has been a great experience."

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  • zenboomerang on May 23, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    A distinguished career Gilly that will be remembered for a very long time - I watched you playing at district level 25 years ago & you have left an eclectic legacy for all other wicketkeeper batsman to follow...

  • JimmyDee on May 21, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    @KarachiKid, Gilly wasn't the batsman who should have walked it was Langer, who even admitted he hit the cover off it. The umpire was Peter Parker not Darrell Hair. Wrong on both counts. Do your research.

  • DaDaL0G on May 21, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    No gilly :( Play some more seasons of IPL We want Trophy in your Hands in Your Last Match Plz. Love You Gilly You are the most COmplete wicket keeper Batsman in History of Cricket. Look the Old Sheeps like sachin they are still playing so you may Also play.

  • dummy4fb on May 21, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Never gonna forget you Gilly!!!You were my one of the best captain and wk & batsman.Hats off.

  • asithaSL on May 21, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Hat Off to my loving Legend...!! true hero..!! All da very best 4 coaching roll Mr.Gilly.

  • dummy4fb on May 21, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Great wicket keeper & batsmen forever Role Model for Youngers Hats off to you.

    Gilly is the Gentleman of Gentlemens Game..

  • abid.asgher on May 21, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    Gilly we will miss you please don't leave Cricket as your are the best of the best and we love you and your your game your are the real legend of all times.........

  • dummy4fb on May 21, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    i think he is performing well,,,,so he shud continue playng......

  • Shamim_araf on May 21, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Hat's off 2 All Time Best Wicket Keeper Batsman in World Cricket History.Whenever i watch u,it means entertainment start at last entertainment ends.....

  • inshad on May 21, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    I have never seen a genuine cricketer like you from Australia....I am a Sri Lankan...But you are my all time favorite....Do not leave the least we wanna see you as a coach.....All the best for your future...

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