At 40, he may be the elderly statesman in the IPL full of youngsters but newly appointed coach—cum—captain of Kings XI Punjab Adam Gilchrist said it is all about shouldering responsibilities, and that the “buck would stop with him” as he is looking to inspire his side to a pathbreaking season five.
In this one—year, his association with cricket is limited to hitting a few balls from his close friend Geoff Marsh, and coaching his 10—year—old son Harry.
In fact, the last time he played in a competitive match was in IPL IV in 2011, but the highly successful Australian wicketkeeper and explosive opener is not short on confidence.
“I’m feeling fresh and full of energy. It’s fantastic to be back,” Gilchrist told PTI from Mohali, all geared up for their opener against Rajasthan Royals on Friday.
Gilchrist said he is enjoying his dual role, which he describes as a task to coordinate with players using his highly efficient support staff.
“I would not have taken this job (coach) if I was not enjoying it. I’m more than happy and feeling positive about it. It’s about taking responsibility, and I know the buck stops with me.”
Gilchrist, who was part of the invincible Aussies that won a hat-trick of World Cups from 1999—2007, retired from international cricket in 2008, but it’s the annual Indian T20 extravaganza that brings balance to his life.
“These days, I’m busy with my business venture with Indian sandalwood besides being the ambassador of a university. Also I’m busy with Harry, who is excited about his U—11 cricket,” he said.
“I don’t need something extra to motivate myself. I do boxing training everyday and once in a while hit a few balls from my very good friend Geoff Marsh ... In such a lifestyle, IPL gives the nice balance. I’m fortunate to be part of this tournament.”