Not playing in India helped us: Gilchrist
May 26 2009 08:15 PM

Man of the series and the captain of the winning team of second years IPL Adam Gilchrist said it was a huge thrill to turn it around from where they were last year.

Deccan chargers were found in the bottom of the table in the inaugural season of the IPL winning just two of their allotted 14 matches in the league round.

Following this the Deccan chargers' management sacked the Coach Robin Singh and Captain VVS Laxman and replaced them with Darren Lehman and Adam Gilchrist respectively and it has paid off certainly for the team.

Gilchrist said that not playing in India helped a great deal since most of the domestic players are not aware of the conditions and it did not hurt to play outside India.

Gilchrist said, "After last year, we were trying to rebuild, a terrific player like VVS Laxman having to sit out, the microscope might have been a little too much. For us, it was like we were playing under the radar and nobody was taking a notice of us."

"All the franchises were the bigger names and some of the owners were high-profile, we felt comfortable going quietly being outside the glare in India. But having said that, we can't wait to go back to India and being in Hyderabad. But may be for the moment, it was quite convenient for us to be in another country"—Gilchrist said.

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