Mumbai:Deccan Chargers captain Adam Gilchrist conceded that his team's poor display against Royal Challengers Bangalore here on Saturday was pathetic and ascribed it to the Hyderabad outfit's inability to overcome mental and physical fatigue.
"Yes, it's very disappointing. It was pathetic, I agree. We came to this position with seven games to go. We were unable to lift ourselves up from losing in the semi-finals. It was fatigue ? mentally we were tired and physically too. We were not able to switch on,: said Gilchrist after the nine-wicket loss against RCB in the third-fourth place play off match of IPL.
Gilchrist said the day totally belonged to their Bangalore rivals whom they had beaten in the summit clash of 2009 IPL in South Africa.
"We were outplayed. We should have batted out our overs. Unfortunately we reserved our worst for the last match," he said.
Gilchrist said he spoke to the players after the match and told the youngsters they had a lot to look forward ahead in their cricket career.
"I spoke to my players after the match. They need to forget this performance. A lot of cricket is left in their careers. I have enjoyed the first segment of the IPL. I am carrying a lot of wonderful memories. I want to be back next year," the former Australian wicket-keeper batsman said.
Asked about the swirling scandal surrounding IPL and the damage that's happening to the league off the playing area, Gilchrist said he was not sure what would come out of the washing and tidying process that was on.
"There are a lot of speculations there. It does not look good at the moment," were his telling remarks.
About IPL 4 and the process of fresh auctions, Gilchrist said, "I suppose those are the last things on the administrators' mind at the moment."