IPL 2013 April 30, 2013

'Form is a rubbish word' - Gilchrist

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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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  • crazycricketfan4life on April 30, 2013, 22:56 GMT

    One of my favorite cricketers of all time, Gilly is the example of true sportsmanship and is an ambassador for it in this beautiful game...A player who walked in a World Cup Semi-final after being given not-out is a thing which will probably never happen again. This interview also exemplifies a cricketer who never made excuses and was never hesitant at pointing the finger at himself when things were going wrong. A true champion, a legend and the only reason why I even have a partial IPL team....An adoring fan from BD...I hope you find your touch great one

  • pull_shot 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

  • Jacobchikku 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.

  • sachin_vvsfan 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.

  • pull_shot 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.

  • TSJ07 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.

  • aNIKE 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..

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • bretandme 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.

  • crazycricketfan4life on April 30, 2013, 22:56 GMT

    One of my favorite cricketers of all time, Gilly is the example of true sportsmanship and is an ambassador for it in this beautiful game...A player who walked in a World Cup Semi-final after being given not-out is a thing which will probably never happen again. This interview also exemplifies a cricketer who never made excuses and was never hesitant at pointing the finger at himself when things were going wrong. A true champion, a legend and the only reason why I even have a partial IPL team....An adoring fan from BD...I hope you find your touch great one

  • pull_shot 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

  • Jacobchikku 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.

  • sachin_vvsfan 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.

  • pull_shot 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.

  • TSJ07 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.

  • aNIKE 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..

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • bretandme 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.

  • Paulk on April 30, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    The issue with Gilchrist is that like Viv Richards towards the end of his career his game is based on hand-eye coordination and that is not what it used to be. I believe it is partly due to age and partly due to lack of competitive cricket on a regular basis. He still contributes to the game with his wicketkeeping and leadership so I believe he ought to be in the playing eleven. He also brings an x factor into the game because you never when he will strike a rich vein. Who can forget his memorable century in the World cup final against Sri Lanka yet he went through the entire tournament with a string of low scores before striking form in the most important game of all to make it a non contest.

  • Waleed17Z on April 30, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    @shane-oh Even if he didnt score centuries so far in IPL 2013, his captaincy. I keep saying the most disappointing thing about this is that other players which are playing in KXIP are not deserving and Gilly doesnt deserve to be not playing too!.

  • on April 30, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    One of the greatest player cricketing world have ever seen. Presence of Gilly is more than enough for the Punjab. Leadership skills, Managerial power are some of the skills we can find in a single man and that Adam is. Cool and Calm customer on the field even the team is not doing well with most of the youngster in the team. Punjab can't go through to the knock outs but the time youngsters spending with the Star of the game is priceless. Hats Off gilly… Missed by everyone round the Globe. There are very few players in the game left whose exit will be loss for CRICKET. And you were part of that list

  • Zahidsaltin on April 30, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    A bad decision to drop Gilly from playing XI. HE SHOULD BAT AT NO. 4

  • shane-oh on April 30, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    @ Waleed17Z - That would be an impressive opening 3, if Gilly was scoring, which he isn't. I have always enjoyed watching Gilly bat as well but the fact is that he isn't scoring runs at all, gone are those shots and that aggression which have always been such a joy to watch (and a source of frustration as a NZ fan!) . I must also object to you referring to him as they greatest cricketer ever - he was good, but I do think that's a little over the top.

  • Waleed17Z on April 30, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    @shane-oh My problem is that azhar is taking a foreign place, had hussey and azhar been Indian, I would have no problem. But when I see the greatest cricketer ever not playing and players like azhar and hussey playing, it hurts me. Yes I am huge fan of Gilly, but he has proved he is always the greatest cricketer ever. Imagine Gilly, Pom open and SOS at number 3 with Miller. Bowling is actually being hammered always. Azhar was smoked by Perera and Morgan with cost KXIP 4 points. Azhar is in top 10 Wicket-Taking list but if the opposition still gets scores like 185 and 174 then even 10 wickets taken by a single bowler will never matter if the team doesnt win, wins are need no matter you win by 100 runs or 1 run, 2 points will matter and performances by Azhar and Hussey have never gone to help team at end of match. Hussey was captain and two Right-Handers were playing and he decided to bowl, Off-Spinner. Is that captaincy?.

  • shane-oh on April 30, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    @Waleed17Z - actually Mahmood has a very impressive all round record in T20, including some very special performances at the last 'Champions' League. He hasn't delivered much with the bat this IPL but his bowling has been extremely helpful to his team, and as a bowling allrounder this is of course his main job. This tendency to look at a player's IPL record, rather than his T20 record (which is a better indicator of how good the player is, clearly), speaks volumes about a strangely insular attitude amongst the fans of this domestic competition of hit and giggle.

  • Bleedingyellow on April 30, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    One of The best naturally talented cricketer's ever to have played the game. I respect the decision. This shows what a team player he is.

  • Reggaecricket on April 30, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    He is 41 years old. Age catches up with everyone, and our reflexes slow down as we age.

  • on April 30, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Common Gill... I want you to blast as in past.. Dont lose heart.. I am just watching IPL because of you, SPD Smith, Nannes, Husseys, Taylor, Vettori, etc.

  • Waleed17Z on April 30, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    I dont know what the hell david hussey and azhar are doing in team. hussey has a strike-rate of 103 in IPL 2013 and mahmood doesnt even know to hold bat. He should be playing at his home. The greatest cricketer ever is not playing but hussey and azhar. why not they play Sir Gilchrist and Pomersbach?. Forgot Gilly was the first player in IPL to score 1000 runs, most sixes in IPL, fastest century in 42 balls, fastest half-century in 17 balls, first and only player to hit 100 sixes in Tests, his honesty, forgot everything?. He led number 8 team to number 1 from 2008 to 2009. Biggest partnership ever in T20 of 206 with Marsh. Why cant they play Gilly, Pom, SOS, Miller respectively and Indian bowlers?. Did dropping Gilly mad KXIP win VS MI?. What a performance by Azhar 9 runs 3 balls, he and david hussey deserve to play nut not the greatest cricketer ever?.

  • manmishr on April 30, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    Will miss you Gilly...It's sad but Gilly's comeback in this IPL looks remote now.. With players like Miller,Hussey,Marsh in the team, Gilly doesn't make a strong case...

  • FitzroyMarsupial on April 30, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    Sadly the question should be whether Gilly has considered playing as a specialist keeper/captain. Truth be told the light has been dying for a few years now but each previous IPL season he has managed a couple of special innings to revive memories of his pomp. I really hope he gets a good knock or two under his belt before the tournament is out and then retires with the grace a man of his rare talent deserves.

  • Sunman81 on April 30, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    I am not sure if Gilly played any cricket between IPL 5 and 6... But it is tough for a player who rarely played any competitive cricket to suddenly start playing and also captaining a side.. Rahul Dravid was able to do it because of his new role as cricketing analyst which helped him to be on focus with cricket and analyze the game... Hope Gilly does that, else Form will continue to be a rubbish word for him...

  • imsaiarasan23 on April 30, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Can't get a more honest and professional cricketer than Adam Gilchrist..

    He is the only one in IPL as far as I know who walks if he nicks one to the keeper and doesn't show his frustrations to the umpire if he is given out a contentious decision..

    Sad that he is out of the team but admire him nonetheless..

  • imsaiarasan23 on April 30, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Can't get a more honest and professional cricketer than Adam Gilchrist..

    He is the only one in IPL as far as I know who walks if he nicks one to the keeper and doesn't show his frustrations to the umpire if he is given out a contentious decision..

    Sad that he is out of the team but admire him nonetheless..

  • Sunman81 on April 30, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    I am not sure if Gilly played any cricket between IPL 5 and 6... But it is tough for a player who rarely played any competitive cricket to suddenly start playing and also captaining a side.. Rahul Dravid was able to do it because of his new role as cricketing analyst which helped him to be on focus with cricket and analyze the game... Hope Gilly does that, else Form will continue to be a rubbish word for him...

  • FitzroyMarsupial on April 30, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    Sadly the question should be whether Gilly has considered playing as a specialist keeper/captain. Truth be told the light has been dying for a few years now but each previous IPL season he has managed a couple of special innings to revive memories of his pomp. I really hope he gets a good knock or two under his belt before the tournament is out and then retires with the grace a man of his rare talent deserves.

  • manmishr on April 30, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    Will miss you Gilly...It's sad but Gilly's comeback in this IPL looks remote now.. With players like Miller,Hussey,Marsh in the team, Gilly doesn't make a strong case...

  • Waleed17Z on April 30, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    I dont know what the hell david hussey and azhar are doing in team. hussey has a strike-rate of 103 in IPL 2013 and mahmood doesnt even know to hold bat. He should be playing at his home. The greatest cricketer ever is not playing but hussey and azhar. why not they play Sir Gilchrist and Pomersbach?. Forgot Gilly was the first player in IPL to score 1000 runs, most sixes in IPL, fastest century in 42 balls, fastest half-century in 17 balls, first and only player to hit 100 sixes in Tests, his honesty, forgot everything?. He led number 8 team to number 1 from 2008 to 2009. Biggest partnership ever in T20 of 206 with Marsh. Why cant they play Gilly, Pom, SOS, Miller respectively and Indian bowlers?. Did dropping Gilly mad KXIP win VS MI?. What a performance by Azhar 9 runs 3 balls, he and david hussey deserve to play nut not the greatest cricketer ever?.

  • on April 30, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Common Gill... I want you to blast as in past.. Dont lose heart.. I am just watching IPL because of you, SPD Smith, Nannes, Husseys, Taylor, Vettori, etc.

  • Reggaecricket on April 30, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    He is 41 years old. Age catches up with everyone, and our reflexes slow down as we age.

  • Bleedingyellow on April 30, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    One of The best naturally talented cricketer's ever to have played the game. I respect the decision. This shows what a team player he is.

  • shane-oh on April 30, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    @Waleed17Z - actually Mahmood has a very impressive all round record in T20, including some very special performances at the last 'Champions' League. He hasn't delivered much with the bat this IPL but his bowling has been extremely helpful to his team, and as a bowling allrounder this is of course his main job. This tendency to look at a player's IPL record, rather than his T20 record (which is a better indicator of how good the player is, clearly), speaks volumes about a strangely insular attitude amongst the fans of this domestic competition of hit and giggle.

  • Waleed17Z on April 30, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    @shane-oh My problem is that azhar is taking a foreign place, had hussey and azhar been Indian, I would have no problem. But when I see the greatest cricketer ever not playing and players like azhar and hussey playing, it hurts me. Yes I am huge fan of Gilly, but he has proved he is always the greatest cricketer ever. Imagine Gilly, Pom open and SOS at number 3 with Miller. Bowling is actually being hammered always. Azhar was smoked by Perera and Morgan with cost KXIP 4 points. Azhar is in top 10 Wicket-Taking list but if the opposition still gets scores like 185 and 174 then even 10 wickets taken by a single bowler will never matter if the team doesnt win, wins are need no matter you win by 100 runs or 1 run, 2 points will matter and performances by Azhar and Hussey have never gone to help team at end of match. Hussey was captain and two Right-Handers were playing and he decided to bowl, Off-Spinner. Is that captaincy?.