Broad's absence 'big loss' for Punjab: Gilchrist

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Published: Thursday, April 12, 2012, 12:05 [IST]
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Gilly says Broad's absence a big loss

Mohali, Apr 12: Kings XI Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist on Wednesday said the absence of star England pacer Stuart Broad is a "big loss" for the team.

Stuart Broad suffered a calf injury during the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle and has been ruled out of the IPL season 5.

"Broad's absence will be a big loss. He is a world-class bowler, a world-class all-rounder 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," said Gilchrist.

Broad has been ruled out for three weeks as the English pacer is currently recovering from a right calf strain. The 25-year-old missed out on making his IPL debut last season for Kings XI after suffering from a side strain during the World cup.

Kings XI will look to comeback with a win after consecutive losses in away games as they host Pune Warriors for their first home game in the IPL 5.

Kings XI top-order batsman have failed, including Gilchrist, he said the top-order batsman need to give a good start to the team.

"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 last encounter). If top three batsmen can get better foundation, guys batting down the order can then launch into big total, hopefully," he told a pre-match press conference at PCA stadium.

Warriors seem confident after an upset win over Mumbai Indians, having lost to Warriors away from home, Gilchrist and Co have a tough task ahead.

"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," said the former Australian wicket-keeper.

Speaking about former Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood, who has a British passport, is yet to get an Indian visa. "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." Gilchrist said.


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