Dharamsala, May 18: Kings XI Punjab captain Adam Gilchrist bid adieu to the Indian Premier League (IPL) by playing his final game against Mumbai Indians here on Saturday evening.
"This definitely is my last game," Gilchrist said at the toss. MI captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and sent KXIP to bat. Later, the team gave him a winning farewell with a 50-run victory.
Soon, Gilchrist walked out to bat in his usual opening slot but did not last long. He was dismissed by his compatriot Nathan Coulter-Nile for just 5 runs in 7 balls. But it was a great ending as Gilchrist took a wicket, Harbhajan Singh off the final ball of the match. Gilchrist decided to bowl the final over of the game and succeed in the first ball itself.
Gilchrist did not have a good tournament with the bat. In 13 matches, he tallied 294 runs with a highest of 85 not out which was a match winning innings against Royal Challengers Bangalore recently.
The left-hander had only 1 half century in IPL 2013. He hit 41 boundaries and 6 sixes. Due to poor form he had to sit out of few games in the current edition and David Hussey led the side.
Gilchrist, one of the greatest wicketkeeper-batsman to have played the game, will forever remembered in IPL for leading the now defunct Deccan Chargers to title in 2009 when the tournament was held in South Africa.
The 41-year-old Australian had in fact announced last year at the same venue that it would be his final IPL. But due to team management's request he had to reverse his decision.
This time it is likely to be final as Gilchrist said nobody would be willing to buy a 42-year-old in next year's auction!