Dharamsala: For the second time in as many years, at the same venue, Adam Gilchrist announced that he wouldn't play in the Indian Premier League beyond this season. This time, there was a touch of finality to it - he said it matter-of-factly, insisting that it was no 'huge retirement announcement' and adding that he was looking forward, once the Pepsi IPL was over, to playing in the inaugural Caribbean Premier League. (Talk of players being naive is rubbish, says Adam Gilchrist)
Having struggled for meaningful runs for most of the season and sat out a clutch of games in the middle of the competition, Gilchrist has come into his own in the climactic stages, with a bruising, match-winning unbeaten 85 in Bangalore the other night followed up by an equally destructive 26-ball 42 against Delhi Daredevils at the HPCA Stadium on Thursday (May 16), prompting a journalist to remark that he had batted like a 22-year-old rather than a 42-year-old. (Sreesanth, Chavan, Chandila have confessed: Delhi Police to NDTV)
"I am looking like a 22-year-old, you say?" Gilchrist asked the journo, incredulity written all over his face. "I am not feeling that way. And for the first 50 runs against Bangalore, I felt like a 52-year-old. But it's great. Last year, I sat here and said I am finished, I probably won't come back, but I came back. I am not looking for any grandstand finish but in two days, it will be last time I play on this ground. Little things like that are really extiing and lift your enthusiam levels. I just love this place, this region, it's been one of the greatest experiences of my cricketing life, to be able to come up here and play cricket.