Top order partnerships key for Punjab: Gilchrist

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Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 13:43 [IST]
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Gilchrist hopes opening pair clicks

Mohali, Apr 18: Lack of good opening partnerships have been a problem for top-order batsmen of Kings XI Punjab, but skipper Adam Gilchrist said they are looking to change their approach when they clash against Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday.

"We haven't quite had an opening partnership, myself and the other partner getting out early and we are looking to change that," Gilchrist told a pre-match conference on Tuesday.

Gilchrist himself has not made any significant contribution at the top-order, Mandeep Singh is the only Kings XI batsman to cross 100 runs this season.

Last season's hero, Paul Valthaty, has been awful this season, scoring just 14 runs in three games.

While other teams have top Indian batsmen like Virender Sehwag, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, the same has not been the case of Kings XI Punjab. But Gilchrist defended Valthaty's poor form, "He is by no means out of contention in this tournament. It is just that we haven't batted a perfect match or anywhere near that," he said.

After losing the first two matches, Kings XI have bounced back with two consecutive victories, Gilchrist said that he had two starts and two failures."(In T20) we all want to go 10 an over risk-free when we bat, but unfortunately, that risk doesn't always pay off," he said.

Pakistan all-rounder is finally available for selection, Gilchrist said, "He's in contention. It's nice to have him after a bit of delay. But we haven't finalised our 11 yet, but definitely he is available for selection," he said.

Gilchrist praised bowlers Praveen Kumar, Harmeet Bansal and Piyush Chawla, "They were very committed, pretty disciplined and an overall great effort from them," he said.

New players, Kyle Abbott and Benjamin Cutting will give extra choice to the team. "Kyle is a very solid cricketer, a good all-round cricketer and he will be a good utility backup," Gilchrist said, adding the team was waiting for the arrival of Cutting.


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