Dharamsala, May 20: Former Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist bid adieu to Indian Premier League on Saturday night. However, it was not a winning farewell for the left-hander as Kings XI Punjab were beaten by Delhi Daredevils and knocked out of IPL 5.
The 40-year-old captain-coach of Punjab, missed a few games this season due to a hamstring injury and was the senior most player in the franchise.
“I wouldn’t suspect that I would be back in a playing mode, no. I would say I’ve played my last game of cricket just there,” Gilchrist said after the match where Punjab went down by six wickets.
“I’ll go away and have a think about it and talk to the franchise but I’ve pretty much got a gut feeling,” he added.
He said that he was happy to have played the last few games this season after battling injury. In his place his compatriot David Hussey had led the saide.
“I loved the fact that I could play the last couple of games, but I didn’t have the horrible desire that I was missing out. That probably tells you something, there isn’t that fire burning in my belly quite like it used to. I have to think about it but I just feel I won’t be playing,” he added.
Gilchrist, who previously played for Deccan Chargers and captained them to the title in the second season of IPL in South Africa in 2009, said he is still contracted to Punjab but he might not come back.
“I’m contracted; they have the option for next year (of retaining me as a player). But if your heart’s not in it then no point in going on,” he explained.
He said that if the team wants him back, he can return as a coach.
“If the franchise is still keen to keep me involved as coach, which is a role I’ve really enjoyed. Obviously being injured this year, I sat on the sidelines quite a bit and I find that I still enjoy being around the group.”
Talking about the youngsters in the team, he said: “There were plenty of positives. Especially the performance of some of the domestic players - Mandeep Singh, Gurkeerat Singh and Parvinder Awana,” concluded Gilchrist.
Last year, it was another Australian great, Shane Warne, who quit the game and now it is the turn of his team-mate Gilchrist. He will be missed.