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Kings XI hands captaincy to Gilchrist

Australian wicket keeper and former Indian Premier League winner Adam Gilchrist has been handed the captaincy of the Kings XI Punjab by coach Michael Bevan.

Gilchrist, who cost the Kings XI $900,000 during Saturdays auction lead the Deccan Chargers to IPL glory during the 2009 tournament in South Africa.

Bevan admitted the main reason why the Kings XI brought Gilchrist in the auction was for his leadership abilities

"Even if he is not at the peak of his career, I still feel as a leader he has a lot to offer. In Twenty20 cricket you are not asking the guy to strike at 120 in the opening position," said Bevan.

"You are asking for guys to strike at 140 or 150 and Gilly is the type of player who can turn in three or four match-winning performances over the season," he added.

"That is a great sign; him lending his experience with some of the players he has played with. As a coach, you want your captain immersed in what we are trying to achieve."

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