The captain of Kings XI Punjab, Adam Gilchrist, has made it quite clear that he will not be playing in the next edition of Indian Premier League (IPL).
Gilchrist has struggled a lot in the ongoing edition of IPL. In the first few matches, his form was looking absolutely terrible and after that, he decided to sit out saying that he doesn’t deserve a place in the playing XI.
David Hussey captained the side in Gilchrist’s absence, but, the team’s performance didn’t improve at all. That prompted Gilchrist to come back into the XI and he is looking in much better form after the comeback.
In his comeback match against Rajasthan Royals, he scored 42 runs off just 32 balls and put up a 100-run stand with Shaun Marsh for the second wicket.. However, after the fall of his wicket, his team lost the way and couldn’t get a big total. Punjab eventually lost that match by 8 wickets.
In the next match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Gilchrist played a match winning knock for his team. Punjab was chasing down a huge target of 175 and Gilchrist played a captain’s inning. He showed a bit of tentativeness at the start, but, after getting a few boundaries, he settled down and eventually ended up scoring 85 not out to see his team home.
Gilchrist played another good knock in Punjab’s last match against Delhi Daredevils. He again gave his team a blazing start by scoring 42 off just 26 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixes. Punjab won that match by 7 runs.
Kings XI Punjab will play its last game of this season against Mumbai Indians on Saturday. Talking to the reporters ahead of that match, Gilchrist said, “I want to inform you all that this is my last IPL. I won’t be playing next year. It’s a wonderful tournament and I enjoyed being a part of it for six years.”
“I want to thank the Kings XI Punjab fans for giving us great support in the last three years.”