Mohali: Kings XI Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist believes Stuart Broad, who pulled out of IPL 5 on account of a calf injury, will be sorely missed by his team. "Broad's absence will be a big loss. He is a world-class bowler, a world-class allrounder and a terrific person. We would have liked to have him here, but he's not. The simple fact is that we have got to move on," Gilchrist said ahead of Punjab’s match against Pune Warriors India on Thursday.
Broad has been ruled out of action for three weeks and is currently recuperating from a right calf strain, which he sustained last month during England's tour of Sri Lanka. The 25-year-old could not make his IPL debut last year for Punjab either, after picking up a side strain during the World Cup.
Punjab have been very poor so far, losing the first two matches to Rajasthan Royals and Pune. Gilchrist, who failed with the bat in both encounters, said it was now important that the top three batsmen in his team got their act right. "It's nice to be playing in familiar territory. The top three have not posted a big total, but the positives have been that we made 160 against Rajasthan and reasonably decent total against Pune [in the last encounter]. If the top three batsmen can get a better foundation, guys batting down the order can then launch into a big total, hopefully. It's not that we have been bundled out in previous two games. It's just the top order and the finishing which is an issue at the moment.”
Gilchrist also shed light on Pakistan allrounder Azhar Mahmood who still has not joined the Punjab team due to visa issues. "It's up to the government because he is not getting his visa at the moment. We bought a player we were told was available for every game and we are still unable to access our player. It's not in our hands."
With their batting coming a cropper in the previous matches, Gilchrist also hinted at the possibility of David Hussey’s promotion up the batting order against Pune.