IPL 2013 April 30, 2013

'Form is a rubbish word' - Gilchrist

ESPNcricinfo staff

Adam Gilchrist has attributed the decision to drop himself as captain and player for the match against Mumbai Indians largely to team balance and the wealth of batting resources on the bench. Gilchrist, who followed the example of Mumbai Indians' Ricky Ponting by leaving himself out of the playing XI, has had a lean tournament to date, managing only 94 runs in eight matches.

"Since the last few games we've had to think about it as a selection group," Gilchrist told IPLT20.com. "We had to look at the right balance and find the right players who were playing well and could contribute most to the team."

Gilchrist believed that form is not an accurate representation of what has been afflicting him this tournament. "Form is a rubbish word. I have hit a lot of balls in the nets and have felt very comfortable. But that hasn't translated to results in [the] games." He was also aware of the batting talent on hand. "At the end of the day I haven't contributed, and that's no problem when you've got batting talent like Shaun Marsh, [Luke] Pomersbach, David Hussey and David Miller. It's not a tough decision."

When asked whether he had considered giving up the wicketkeeping gloves and playing solely as a batsman, Gilchrist said, "No, never, I've played years and years of cricket now. So for me it's not a case of having to focus on batting because keeping is taking up time and energy. It's part of my nature and part of who I am. It's like riding a bike, once you know it, you don't need to focus on the skills required and think of the work load impeding on the batting. If anything, I have contributed more with the gloves than with the bat this year and so I am lucky to have my keeping gloves on."

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  • murali on May 2, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    Gilchirst is good at spoting talents and giving them ample opportunities. rahul sharma,mitchelmarsh,rp singh,ojha,suman,mandeep singh,vohra,guket singh etc he has offered alot to many indian players. Remember ohja always saying about his captaincy

  • Chikku on May 1, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Age is just a barrier that you yourself put in on your mind, I have experience that in my sporting career, If you are fit you can continue to do everything the same way unitill you reach something like 40 - 45.

  • sri on May 1, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    Talking about Form in T20 is Pure rubbish Gilchrist is a class act and i witnessed my first ever leg glance, fllick sixes from this player(and it happened in ODIS not T20s). I think he has still lot to offer in IPL.

  • murali on May 1, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    its not easy to play in ipl after 5 years of retirement from international cricket especially for foreign spot because he is naturally talented and well headed player he managed to play this year. Imagine if he is in india he would be more than sachin in fame because he is the man for big games.

  • RAVINDER on May 1, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Yes he was one of the God gifted talented cricketer. Sadly age catches up with everyone. During the initial 3-4 matches I wanted him out of team but during next matches (KKR onwards) he showed his leadership skills and helped KXIP win few matches. KXIP would have won if Gilly was capatin against MI. they should think dropping Azhar, good with bowl but horrible with bat, and bringing back Gilly.This will also improve KXIp's wicketkeeping.

  • aniket on April 30, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    if some day i have to choose a dream IPL team, Gilly wont be my Keeper, He wont even be my Captain, it will be MSD.. But Gilly will be my opener batsman for sure.. Even if he is nt WK or Captain, u cant keep him out of the team.. We got to respect his decision, but Gilly needs to understand emotions of KXI fans like me.. Just come back Gilly.. RR were fortunate enough that they got DRAVID aftr WARNE but there is no such time-less wonders left in cricket anymore.. So Gilly shuld be playing the next match.. This is what a KXI fan feels..

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    kings xi punjab have not won the ipl till now and they will not win it till they keep filling thier team with over-the-hill players and they are clearly obsessed with australians----d hussey, m bevan, lehmann, gilchrist, pomersback, harris, lee,..... gilchrist was a great batsman but now is in the same boat as tendulkar...azhar mehmood another over-the-hill player...apni izzat apne haath mein hoti hai...why don't these great players realise this and quit playing and keep their respect intact. there are so many other ways to remain connected with cricket. but you can play it at the top level only for so long.

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    Legend of Cricket. Love this guy's attitude towards the game. I believe in Gilly and back him any day to come back strong once he believes he has it in him.

  • Rahul on April 30, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    @Paulk : totally agreed. He has to be in playing eleven for the capability and previous record of being a big game player.