Chennai, Apr 29: Kings XI Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist praised Azhar Mahmood for his all-round performance during their match against Chennai Super Kings in Chennai on Saturday.
The former Pakistan all-rounder scored 18 runs and claimed three wickets to help Punjab win narrowly by seven runs against the defending champions.
"He has been impressive with his whole approach and the attitude. He is level-headed and wants to share it with others on the field as well as off it. He certainly has made a nice, little impact for us," Gilchrist, who is still out of action due to injury, said.
The fomer Australian rued the fact that Mahmood could not carry on his blazing innings, which included two sixes.
"It's a shame that he couldn't convert that into a big knock, but these are the sort of small moments of impact. It definitely gave us the impetus, and he has been dying to get into the top order," he said.
Gilchrist also lauded leg-spinner Piyush Chawla's effort on Saturday, after a dreadful over against Mumbai Indians in which he was smashed for 27 runs.
"He bowled a match-winning spell and it shows his courage and character to bowl so outstandingly after the Mumbai match."
Gilchrist also praised Mandeep Singh for his 50-ball 56, " He is not the guy to get 60 off 30 balls, but he allows us to compile big scores as he did today. We had a good start, but our execution with the bat was slack at the back-end on the match," he said.
Gilchrist was satisfied with the position his side were in and also praised David Hussey's captaincy. "It's (points table) is quite congested but we are happy that we could hold it together here. They needed 32 off 12 balls, the same target Mumbai also required, but today they ensured that they don't slip through.
" He marshaled his troops well, and even on the other night (when they lost to Mumbai) I don't think he erred. But bowling spinners in the last three overs is a big risk unless you are playing on an extremely spinner-friendly wicket," he said.
Gilchrist also felt that paceman Ryan Harris' comeback in the side will only strengthen the bowling.
"He's an aggressive bowler and he is a great value addition by way of his character in the dress room. He's a bit like what CSK feel when Mike Hussey return."