Kings XI Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist has insisted Bhargav Bhatt will feature against the Chennai Super Kings come Wednesday’s Indian Premier League clash in Mohali.
The left-arm spinner didn’t bat and wasn’t offered an over in Sunday’s heavy loss to the Pune Warriors, but Gilchrist is looking forward to the 20-year-old weighing in with a telling contribution against the defending champions.
“We had Bhatt in the team against Pune, but the conditions and the number of runs we had didn’t allow him to get into the game. We are confident that he will be able to do a good job for us soon,” said Gilchrist.
Asked whether Bhatt would be deployed in a containing or wicket-taking role, Gilchrist insisted that the match situation and conditions would dictate how and when the youngster would come into play.
“It goes hand-in-hand. If you are containing runs you are more likely to get wickets. But there will be times and conditions where a bowler will come on and the best way to stop runs is to take wickets.” he added.
The Mohali-bred unit is arguably the least star-studded franchise on show across the Twenty20 tournament, with Australian Gilchrist the highlight in a pack that includes a host of players – Piyush Chawla, Ryan McLaren, Shaun Marsh, Nathan Rimmington – on the fringes of international selection.
“Our team is certainly not a star-studded line-up compared to some other teams around. That’s not something that bothers me. We are going to come around, work hard and really play to our best to be in the competition,” said the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman.
The Kings XI Punjab skipper was wary of Chennai’s formidable bowling attack, which includes New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee and South Africa seamer Albie Morkel, who laid the groundwork superbly for the Super Kings’ recent triumph over Kolkata.
“There’s no doubt bowlers in general have progressed as T20 has evolved. They have come out smarter and are able to execute their deliveries in a more accurate manner. There really shouldn’t be too many times that you are bowled out in 20 overs. We are talking about batting plans and having wickets in hand,” he concluded. Cricket365