Kings XI Punjab is young and balanced team: Adam Gilchrist

 Kings XI Punjab is young and balanced team: Adam Gilchrist

The latest news from the IPL 2012, the Kings XI Punjab captain-cum-coach Adam Gilchrist has recently said in an interview that his team might not have big names but his team is much balanced for the IPL 5 statrting from 4th April, 2012.

Talking to media at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium in Mohali, he said, “We necessarily don’t have a big list of names that match up with some other franchises, but we have a balanced squad. We are playing competitive cricket. I don’t think there is any secret tactic that will guarantee victory.”

When asked about his role in the team, the former Australian wicket-keeper said, “Obviously it is an additional role of being captain-cum-coach or you can call me by whatever name you like, by name of job description. But it is going to be a combined coaching effort.”

He said, “Good or poor results, the responsibility will be on me.”

According to him, the newly named Indian bowling coach, Joe Dawes, and fielding coach Mike Young will deffinately help the performance of Kings XI Punjab.

He said, “He (Dawes) is a terrific operator while Vikram’s presence and his knowledge about domestic players makes our squad a balanced unit, with new additions to our team lending depth in areas (where the team may have lacked earlier).”

Adam Gilchrist is sure that his team’s performance in IPL 5 will make some spark, and they go a long way in this tournament.

“I believe last year overall rating plateaued or dropped a bit in the backdrop of India winning the World Cup. But I feel cricket-passionate nation as India is, there should be support this year. I am expecting it (IPL 5) to be evenly fought,” he said.

When asked about the addition of England pacer Stuart Broad in the team, who is now ruled out of Sri Lanka series. Gilchrist said, “According to original plan, he was supposed to join us on April 8, but keeping in view his calf strain, we will have an update on his condition tonight as he was expected to undergo a scan today.”


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