Adam Gilchrist signed off his last match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on a winning note. That, too, by taking a wicket!
After Kings XI Punjab’s 50-run drubbing of Mumbai Indians, the genial Aussie, visibly emotional, shared the truth about what made him choose to bowl the final over.
“The fact that they needed more than 36 runs (off the last over), because anything under that, I was never going to take the ball. Just a bit of fun, I guess, to try and end the tournament in a fun way.”
Looking back at the campaign, Gilchrist said, “All the good stuff we provided was matched up by some disappointing stuff, so we came up sort of even ledger and that was not good enough to make the playoffs as we have realised in the last three years.”
He ruled out the possibility of returning to the IPL as a coach.
“I won’t look to get into coaching, No, it’s not an avenue that I am interested in doing in any full-time capacity. Whether there is any involvement in the IPL, I don’t know. I will wait and see. It’s such a fun, action-packed tournament, it will be hard to stay away from.
“But I don’t know what opportunities will be offered my way. There’s plenty of other things in my life that will keep me busy, none the least four children.”