New Delhi: Former Australian cricketer and Kings XI Punjab player Adam Gilchrist confirmed that he will be back for IPL 6. Last year, Gilchrist at the end of IPL 5 had stated that he has played his last IPL game and will sit down with the franchise to discuss future in the team.
However, his name was featured in the BCCI media release on Thursday regarding the squad composition for IPL 2013. Speaking to media persons here on Friday Gilchrist said, “The franchises are still sorting out the squads and they (KXIP) are keeping me in the squad. I was not sure after IPL 5. I wanted some layoff time. But, the indication is that I will be back for IPL 6”. The explosive wicketkeeper batsman who led Deccan Chargers to victory in the second season of IPL scored 172 runs with an avg. of 34.40 for King XI Punjab in IPL 5.
Talking about India-England and Australia-South Africa series, the 40-year-old cricketer said both India and Australia need to put in a bit of work, especially with Australia-India series coming up early next year. “The Australia-India series will be a big one and it will be a terrific challenge for the Aussies. But before that, India need to face England and Australia will need to do well against No.1 Test side South Africa. Both have a bit of work to do ahead of the tour”.
Gilchrist also lend his support to Sachin Tendulkar stating that Sachin has earned his right to make up his mind regarding retirement and he would know when to quit. The wicketkeeper batsman also praised MS Dhoni for his calm and composed demeanor. He lauded the Indian skipper for doing a commendable job of leading the side with keeping and batting responsibilities. Gilschirst said that focusing on captaining the side, batting and keeping would have been too much for him and he was happy to being the vice-captain of his side supporting his captain.