Former India pacer RP Singh revealed that Adam Gilchrist was superstitious about medium pacer Harmeet Singh during IPL 2009 as he believed that when Harmeet did well, the team won.
Adam Gilchrist led Deccan Chargers to maiden IPL title in 2019. (AFP Photo)
Former India pacer RP Singh on Thursday recalled an incident during Deccan Charger’s victorious 2009 IPL campaign wherein skipper Adam Gilchrist was angry at himself after the semi-final.
RP Singh was part of now defunct Deccan Chargers during the 2009 IPL campaign when the franchise defied all odds under the leadership of Gilchrist to win their only title. Gilchrist was unhappy with himself despite playing a match-winning knock of 85 runs from 35 balls during the IPL 2009 semi-final.
“Gilchrist was furious with himself despite playing a match-winning knock of 85 runs in the 2009 semi-finals. He came back to the dressing room after the knock but was angry and furious. I was surprised and asked him what’s the matter and why was he angry after that great knock. Gilchrist said he wanted to finish the game and needs to learn to finish games for the team,” RP Singh said on Star Sports during the watch-along of the match.
“Adam Gilchrist was superstitious about Harmeet Singh. Harmeet was considered as the lucky mascot for Deccan Chargers. Gilchrist believed that if Harmeet plays, Deccan wins the game,” he said.
“When we started the campaign in South Africa, we didn’t have enough clothes. Gilchrist then brought the team together and assured us things will fall in place once they start winning. There were team meetings about trusting each other, standing by your team-mates. Seniors like VVS supported from the bench. They isolated us from the outside pressure, and we were able to perform consistently that season,” Ojha said while watching the match.