Kolkata: Under pressure he might be after repeated failures with the bat, but Kings XI Punjab captain and Australian veteran Adam Gilchrist has learnt not to feel "shattered" by poor form as it is not a matter of "life and death" for him. (Agencies)
"It goes without saying I've underperformed to this point. Obviously, I'm not hitting the balls the way I used to hit. I understand that," Gilchrist said after KXIP went down to Kolkata Knight Riders.
"But I'm not shattered... I'm playing and enjoying it. It's not life and death. That's probably one of the great things about a little bit of maturity," the 41-year-old veteran Aussie said of his poor run (94 from eight matches at an average of 11.75).
The under-fire skipper said he was trying his best to contribute as a batsman.
"I did more practice leading into this tournament than what I had in any other one. It was nice to get some runs in the middle. Everything felt really good today until I played that shot," he said referring to his soft dismissal with a straight catch to Eoin Morgan.
"Obviously you get disappointed and frustrated to get out after feeling good for 20-odd runs. You are never really happy as a batsman. Yes, I'll try to lift the game and contribute to the team."
Kolkata Knight Riders snapped their three-match losing run with a six-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab that revived the defending champions hope in the IPL.
Gilchrist said Morgan took the game away from them with a quickfire 26-ball 42.
"Jacques (Kallis) and (Manvender) Bisla did well to steady the ship but Morgan was the difference in the end. Morgan really took the challenge up and a lot of credit should go to him," Gilchrist said.
He further said his team was "surprised" to see Jacques Kallis in the line-up as he had an injury scare in the last match.
Kolkata: Under pressure he might be after repeated failures with the bat, but Kings XI Punjab captain and Australian veteran Adam Gilchrist has learnt not to feel "shattered" by poor form as it is not a matter of "life and death" for him.