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Gilchrist wary of Mumbai's star-studded line-up

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Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 13:03 [IST]
 
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Mumbai is a dangerous side: Gilchrist

Mohali, Apr 25: Despite beating them at home, Kings XI Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist feels Mumbai Indians are a dangerous side. Mumbai Indians have lost six games out of nine against Punjab.

"Mumbai is a dangerous side. They are an all-round side with quality players and star-studded line-up," the former Australian told reporters on the eve of his team's return-leg clash against Mumbai.

Punjab beat Mumbai by six wickets earlier on Sunday led by stand-in skipper David Hussey in the absence of Gilchrist, who suffered a hamstring injury.

Gilchrist was pleased with the previous result, but said the star-studded Mumbai line-up cannot be underestimated at any stage. When asked if his team had any sort of psychological advantage over MI having defeated them on maximum occasions in all editions of the IPL so far, Gilchrist said he was not aware about this fact.

"Is it so?," he asked the reporter who put the question and then added," I didn't realise that. I didn't take this up in the team meeting, he said in a lighter vein.

Mumbai Indians batting maestro has returned to the side which faced batting failures at the top-order, Tendulkar's return will provide much stability while players like James Franklin and Dinesh Karthik in the side, make the batting strong.

He was referring to a match played earlier in Sharjah, in which Gilchrist said the batting maestro had scored a ton on his birthday.

"Luckily, his birthday is not tomorrow," he said and then asked the reporters in jest "how old he is by the way?".

Gilchrist praised young wicketkeeper-batsman Nitin Saini and Mandeep Singh and also medium pacer Parwinder Awana.

"I am impressed with his mindset," he said about Saini , he said , "He (Awana)is an exciting prospect though I am not sure he understands all the words I say (referring to language problem)."

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