Punjab has potential to challenge CSK: Gilchrist

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Published: Saturday, April 28, 2012, 13:38 [IST]
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Need to win all matches: Gilchrist

Chennai, Apr 28: Kings XI Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist who is nursing an injury, feels his team is capable of playing well against the defending champions Chennai Super Kings, in a challenging tie to be played at M A Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday.

Gilchrist who is nursing a hamstring injury, will not be playing this crucial tie against MS Dhoni's men but feels the Punjab has the ability to put up a good show as they have lost very close encounters and can make a difference with a few changes.

He also urged that there is a need to win all the remaining games after losing five off the eight matches played this season.

"Every match is important to us. It is a challenge playing defending champions. In each match we are trying to improve on our performance. So it is an important game for us," Gilchrist said.

He was pleased with the team's performance in the fifth edition of IPL as both overseas players and domestic players have improved in the last four weeks and was confident that they will continue to do well against Chennai Super Kings on Saturday.

"In the last three games they have definitely improved and have made contributions. The top order batsmen have been giving solid starts. The domestic stars have not scored huge runs but they have improved their batting performances definitely," he said.

When quizzed about the wicket on store at Chennai for the Saturday's clash, he said the wicket will play true as they are scheduled to play an afternoon match against the hosts.

"The wicket looks pretty dry and without grass. It is not quite hot as of now. It is an afternoon match rather than an evening match. The first game of the tournament it was an odd wicket but I feel the wicket will play true."

Gilchrist who has missed a couple of matches due to a hamstring injury, said he has been recovering very well but cannot pinpoint the date when asked when he would be back in action.

"I am still not sure. I cannot put a date on it. Initially it was said it will be three or four weeks for me to recover. Now I cannot pinpoint a date. But, certainly I have been progressing very well. I am very happy with the last few days."


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