Adam Gilchrist played his last IPL match
Finally, four years after his international retirement, Adam Gilchrist has called time on his IPL career. “I have played my last IPL match,” he said after Punjab failed to make the playoffs.
Punjab needed to win their last league match against table toppers Delhi Daredevils in order to stand in with a chance of advancing to the playoffs. But soon after Punjab slumped to a six-wicket defeat against the DD, Gilchrist, said he probably had played his last in the IPL.
“I will sit with the franchise and discuss my future role in the team. I would like to continue as coach-mentor for the next year,” said the former Australian wicketkeeper.
It was an abrupt announcement that left even the franchise stunned. Gilchrist said his decision was spurred by the injury which made him miss a large part of IPL 5.
Gilly added: “I have a year’s contract still to go with Punjab. But the gut feeling is that I will not be back as a player. I have enjoyed my stint in the IPL as a player and will continue to be a part of it as a mentor.”
Gilchrist also credited the Daredevils bowlers for restricting Kings XI to a modest 141 for 8 after inviting the home team to bat. He said the hosts were 20 runs short of what would have been a competitive total on this track. “I don’t think there was too much on the surface. It was a much better pitch. 160-170 would have been the ideal total,” Gilchrist said.