Jaipur: Kings XI Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist said Rahul Dravid has rallied Rajasthan Royals well to open their IPL 5 campaign on a winning note, insisting it would be unfair to compare the retired India batsman with Australian spin wizard Shane Warne, who had led the Jaipur franchise to a title triumph in the inaugural edition.
Former Australia wicketkeeper Gilchrist believes Rajasthan will be benefit from Dravid's leadership, but said there was no need to make any comparison between him and Warne, who retired last year.
"Shane was altogether a different person with his own gameplans. He has the wonderful ability to manage but we don't need to compare him with Rahul Dravid, who has taken over the reins of Royals," said Gilchrist. "Dravid is terrific as a person, respected all over the world. He has rallied his team around. Perhaps Rajasthan Royals are among the least fancied team in this IPL, but he has been able to begin with a good victory and this is going to help them."
Shane Warne led the Rajasthan Royals before Rahul Dravid took over for this season of the IPL.
Rajasthan handed Kings XI Punjab a 31-run defeat in their opening match on Friday, and Gilchrist put the fault on his bowlers, saying they were unable to adjust their pace according to the wicket at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. RR's Ajinkya Rahane hit a 66-ball 98 to power his side to a big total, which the hosts then failed to chase.
"It is disappointing any time you lose and especially the first match, but we have to forget it quickly," the 40-year-old said. "Ajinkya Rahane did bat well and played some good shots but I also feel that our bowlers strayed down the leg and also did not get their pace right according to the nature of the wicket."
Regarding his decision to field first, Gilchrist said: "Dravid too was willing to field first in case of winning the toss. But I feel our bowlers could have been trying out variations. Apart from Rahane's batting, it were the slower ones from Kevon Cooper which dented us. The wicket slowed up more than we had anticipated and held itself longer."