Dashing wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist conceded that he “may well be playing” in the next edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), as he hopped into the Capital on a promotion tour of the University of Wollongong, projecting its collaboration with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in the energy sector, metallurgy, etc.
When reminded that his name figured in the list of players being retained in the IPL, the charming Gilchrist said he was not sure last year, but added that a clarification would be made soon, once the strategy was finalised with regard to the composition of the team.
Gilchrist said he would be watching the “terrific series” between India and England. He was not willing to name a winner as he expected it to be an even contest.
“Among the top four teams, anyone can beat the other team,” he observed and stressed that India was going through a transition phase following the exit of Rahul Dravid, V.V.S. Laxman and Sourav Ganguly.
He was categorical that Sachin Tendulkar, “the little God”, who had himself stated for the first time recently that the thought of quitting the game had crossed his mind, was too sharp and smart to continue if he did not believe that he was one of the best batsmen in the team.
Praise for Dhoni
Gilchrist was all praise for India captain M.S. Dhoni, and said that he was quite successful, having led the team in all formats of the game.
“It is a difficult job, keeping wickets, captaincy and batting. I have admiration for him and loved his calmness,” said Gilchrist.
“He has enjoyed it and the results prove it. He has delivered a World Cup. He has taken the Indian team to the No. 1 Test status. He has done a wonderful job,” the Aussie said about Dhoni.
Quoting his own example as a student on scholarship in London who had pursued cricket at the highest level and had learnt to be independent, Gilchrist opined that it would be a great opportunity for an Indian student to pursue education and cricket in Australia on a scholarship from the Bradman Foundation.