India's youngsters need to be patient: Gilchrist

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Published: Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 17:42 [IST]
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Youngsters need to be patient: Gilchrist

Mohali, Apr 3: Former Australia wicket keeper Adam Gilchrist praised the youngsters in the Indian cricket team but insisted to be patient while the team is going through transition.

Post World Cup glory, India have slumped to two consecutive Test whitewashes in England and Australia and an early exit from the tri-series in Australia and also Asia Cup last month.

Besides all this, India's batting legend Rahul Dravid retired from international cricket early last month leaving a big gap to fill for the youngsters.

"It's the summit (winning the Cup). Winning World Cup is a big achievement. Having been through that experience, it takes a lot of effort and focus in reaching there. Now having a lull period afterwards is expected to an extent," said Gilchrist responding to a question on India's slump.

"If and when changes happen, whether it is through timing or form, there are exciting young prospects who can fill the gap.

"Virat Kohli has stepped up beautifully, you have quality player in Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma...across the country there are number of talented players, but you need to be patient and not make too much of a rush at the time of transition, which can be a difficult period (for the teams). Young players need patience and understanding," he added.

The-40-year-old was not sure about what went wrong during India's dismal performances in Australia and England, the former Australian opening batsman said that India still have the experience and strong batting line-up to go with.

A few years ago, Australia had gone through a similar phase, Gilchrist said, "there has to be some planning going into it".

"You cannot just do it off the cuff. There has to be planning going to it. A team has to plan to prepare itself for the departures over few years," Gilchrist said.

Gilchrist will play for Kings XI Punjab during IPL season acting as the captain-cum-coach and mentor.


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