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IPL Staff in Mohali 11 April 2012 - 07:03pm IST

Top order needs to fire: Gilchrist

KXIP skipper analyses team’s performance ahead of PWI game

Ahead of Kings XI Punjab’s first home game of IPL 2012, skipper Adam Gilchrist addressed the media at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium after practice. The captain spoke about his team’s composition and analysed their strengths and weaknesses during the brief interaction. 

Excerpts from Gilchrist’s pre-match press conference:

On the need for a finisher


It’s more the top [that has yet to score runs] than the back [lower-order which is doing well for KXIP]. In Pune, the finish was quite good; Bipul Sharma and Piyush Chawla were hitting sixes and they were having a go at the run-rate. It is just the top order [that needs] to enable them to get into a winning position. We let that run-rate get too high, so it’s probably the top more than the finishing that’s been the issue at the moment.

On R Sathish not playing


R Sathish has an injury [...]. We want to give him every chance to get fit, but it’s been deemed that he needs to have an operation. He is having an operation on Friday I think. And Stuart Broad is a big loss even though he hasn’t played for us yet. But he is a world-class bowler, a world-class all-rounder and a terrific person. It would have been great to have him here now, fully fit. But the fact is that he is not, so we just got to move on, and make sure that the guys here take this opportunity [and make the most of it].

On Hussey and Praveen Kumar missing training


No, they weren’t here because today we had an optional training. We have had back-to-back games and big days of travel, so we all came yesterday and trained really well [...]. They stayed back [as] they had a little bit of work back at the hotel. They are experienced cricketers and they will be ripe for tomorrow.

On Praveen Kumar’s bowling


I think we did a wonderful job on Sunday night against Pune [Warriors India]. His four overs straight really set the game up for us well. The Dimitri [Mascarenhas] and Harmeet [Singh] came on, supported him really well and took us till right at the end. Praveen was excellent. Although he was not providing wickets, he was containing well and really led that bowling line-up really well. So he should be well placed with that.

On the chances of David Hussey batting up the order


There is a bit of fight down there [in the batting order] with Shaun [Marsh batting] at [No.] 3. David’s sort of in at four or five or sixth position; that is where he has batted most of his Twenty20 career [...]. We have looked at different combinations to this point, but he is definitely an option. We have got a good balance of left-hand and right-hand, so that’s played its part a little bit about who is batting at what position, but there is every chance that he might be up there.

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