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Gilchrist named Deccan Chargers captain

Published: Monday, September 29, 2008, 17:56 [IST]
 
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GilchristHyderabad: Former Australian vice captain and wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist has been appointed as the Deccan Chargers captain replacing VVS Laxman. Another Australin former player Darren Lehmann was appointed as coach of the team replacing Robin Singh.

“Adam Gilchrist commands respect within the team and right around the cricket world. He has redefined the role of wicketkeeper/batsman in modern cricket," said a press release from the team, quoting Tim Wright, chief executive of Deccan Chargers.

Gilchrist in response said it was a "tremendous thrill and honour" and looked forward to working hard towards making the team successful.

Darren Lehmann who was appointed as the new coach of the team, was the strength of the Aussies midorder for a long time and it was he who scored the winning runs in the 1999 World Cup Final at Lord"s and helped Australia retain the World Cup in 2003.

"We are delighted to be giving Darren Lehmann his first post as coach and have no doubt he will be a great success," Wright said. "He has already brought considerable energy into the group and has a no nonsense approach to winning cricket matches. Lehmann is in India this week to run player trials in Hyderabad. We are looking to build a solid talent base for the future."

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