Gilchrist encourages Chawla, praises Peterson

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Published: Thursday, April 26, 2012, 12:39 [IST]
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Gilchrist defends Chawla's performance

Mohali, Apr 26: Kings XI Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist who missed the Wednesday's thriller due to an injury, played a role of a mentor as he refused to blame Piyush Chawla for conceding 27 runs in the 19th over, instead praised Peterson who played a vital knock to guide Mumbai to a four wicket win in Mohali on Wednesday.

Gilchrist encouraged the young spinner and backed him as he had bowled very well in the first three overs and during the death overs it is tough for any bowler to restrict the run-flow as batsmen look to accelerate the momentum to post a good total and he underwent the same on Wednesday night.

Moreover, he said David Hussey, the stand-in skipper tossed the ball to Chawla since he had bowled very well in the first three overs.

"When you are in an important situation, I am sure every captain will go to his best bowlers," he said.

Rather than blaming Chawla, he decided to praise the batting prowess of Mumbai Indians as Robin Peterson who executed his switch-hits to perfection and his innovative shots brought Mumbai back into the game.

"I think we should celebrate positive cricket played by Peterson," Gilchrist, who is currently out with a hamstring injury, told reporters after the match.

"A reverse sweep, switch hit, slog to the boundary," he said about Peterson's batting in Chawla's over.

However, the skipper also played the role of a mentor, as he had a chat with Chawla who was disappointed after conceding 27 runs in the 19th over.

"He has a good record in the tournament and I told him he needs to look ahead," he said.

Gilchrist backed his team and said Hussey has led the side very well in his absence and also stressed on the fact that result of a match is unpredictable until the last ball is bowled.

"No situation is lost until the last ball has been bowled," he said.

With a skipper like Gilchrist backing the team, Kings XI Punjab can definitely put up a good show in the remaining games as they are always motivated and encouraged to do better.


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