Gilchrist: The loss has hurt our pride
Australia stand in skipper Adam Gilchrist Saturday said the semifinal loss against India in the World Twenty20 Championship had hurt their pride.
“Any loss hurts your pride. It’s annoying and frustrating,” said Gilchrist after his side went down by 15 runs at Durban.
“It’s disappointing to lose any championship. We’ve experienced it and we’ve learnt from it. We need to analyse it and come back,” he said.
Gilchrist said the Aussies were just about to start their season and would “need to get our skill level up”. They next travel to India for a seven-match ODI series that starts on September 29. They will also be playing the hosts in a one-off Twenty20 game.
The Aussie keeper was of the view that Twenty20 would “play a big part in world cricket” and it would be “interesting to see how the one-off games pan out”.
Asked to pick a winner between India and Pakistan, both of whom beat Australia in this tournament, Gilchrist opted to sit on the fence. “Both Pakistan and India are playing very well, I can’t predict a winner.”
About Yuvraj Singh, Gilchrist said he was playing with “great confidence and without any fear”.
The opener said he thought that captaincy did not drain him in this version.
“It moves quickly, but you need to think on your feet. And you need bits of good fortune in this game a bit more,” he said.