RP Singh, the previous India left-arm fast has narrated an incident when Adam Gilchrist, captain of the now-defunct Deccan Chargers, was not in a contented temper following his dismissal within the semifinal of the 2009 IPL towards the Delhi Capitals (previously Daredevils).
Chargers wanted to chase down 154 to safe a spot within the ultimate and Gilchrist led the cost with a stable 85 off 35 on the high. Gilchrist was dismissed within the 10th over with Chargers comfortably positioned at 102/3, however regardless of his thrilling knock, Singh defined how his former captain was seething with anger when he returned to the dressing room.
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“Gilchrist was furious with himself despite playing a match-winning knock of 85 runs in the 2009 semi-finals. He came back to the dressing room after the knock but was angry and furious. I was surprised and asked him what’s the matter and why was he angry after that great knock. Gilchrist said he wanted to finish the game and needs to learn to finish games for the team,” Singh mentioned on Star Sports during the watch-alongside of the match.
Gilchrist had an odd religion in Harmeet Singh, the best-arm seamer. Even although Harmeet picked up simply three wickets from seven matches there was one thing about him that satisfied Gilchrist to stick to him, Singh weighed in.
“Adam Gilchrist was superstitious about Harmeet Singh. Harmeet was considered as the lucky mascot for Deccan Chargers. Gilchrist believed that if Harmeet plays, Deccan wins the game,” he mentioned.
Pragyan Ojha, the previous India left-arm spinner, who was additionally a part of the Chargers the identical 12 months alongside Singh, defined how Gilchrist’s constructive affect introduced the group collectively.
“When we started the campaign in South Africa, we didn’t have enough clothes. Gilchrist then brought the team together and assured us things will fall in place once they start winning. There were team meetings about trusting each other, standing by your team-mates. Seniors like VVS supported from the bench. They isolated us from the outside pressure, and we were able to perform consistently that season,” Ojha mentioned whereas watching the match.
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