IPL Staff in Mohali 17 April 2012 - 07:20pm IST
Haven’t decided final XI: Gilchrist
Kings XI Punjab captain says team will be announced after assessing conditions tomorrow
Excerpts from Gilchrist’s media interaction:
On whether there will be any changes to the side:
We’ve not finalized the [playing] XI yet. We’ll assess the conditions tomorrow. It looks like a pretty good wicket, but there is still over 24 hours to go for the match, so we’ll finalise it then.
On Azhar Mahmood:
Azhar Mahmood is with us now, which is good. Obviously, he is in contention – anyone in the squad is in contention. But it’s nice to have him [Azhar Mahmood] with us after a bit of a delay. He is available for selection.
On the good form of KXIP bowlers:
[It’s been an] outstanding effort by the bowlers. The bowlers in all four games have been very committed. Obviously, one match in Pune, there was ten minutes when we let it slip; but as a general rule, the bowlers in all games have been very committed and pretty disciplined. The other night at Eden Gardens was a great performance by all of them. Piyush Chawla [in Kolkata] bowled a match-turning spell. Very calm heads from Praveen [Kumar] and Harmeet [Singh] at the end. But as a rule, everyone contributed very well.
On playing KKR in back-to-back games:
I don’t mind it actually. The opposition is fresh in your mind. You are very aware of them. In T20 cricket, you put time and effort in focusing on each individual match. So the fact that you play back-to-back, means that the research and planning that you do is fresh in your mind for the next game, albeit in different conditions. It worked pretty well for us against Pune [Warriors India]. Although we were defeated in the first game, they were fresh in our mind. We were able to make different choices, and it allowed us to play well. So hopefully, that freshness in our mind will hold us in good stead against Kolkata [Knight Riders] as well.
On the ordinary form of Indian batsmen in the side:
You are always looking for a positive start at the top. We haven’t quite had an opening partnership whether it’s been myself or the other opener getting out early. We’re looking to change that. But our batting, as a general rule, hasn’t been too bad. There is no doubt that there are plenty of teams out there who have bigger names – international or Indian – than us. But we are not concerned with that […] I think our batting is scrapped well. We haven’t batted a perfect match or anywhere near a perfect match. So, that’s good incentive for us to [be] striving for.
On his own form:
Two starts and two failures – my first four hits in 12 months. I’ve felt pretty good there [in the middle]. Look T20, as we all know, we all want to go at 10-an-over risk free when we bat. But to go at 10-an-over, there has to be risk and sometimes that risk doesn’t pay off. That’s always been the nature of my game. It’s no different in T20. I feel good. I feel I can contribute.