Adam Gilchrist says India tour is an emotional roller-coaster


Former Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist recalled Aussies triumph during the 2001 India tour, where then skipper Steve Waugh has termed it as “no-whinge tour”.

Gilchrist told Fairfax Media, “I was very much a follower and believer of most things Steve Waugh was talking to us about. I took that very much on board and tried to do that as much as possible, still do now. I find it a fascinating country.”

He captained the team in 2004 in the absence of Ricky Ponting and won the test series against the host in Indian soil and followed the same rules as they were not the permission of complaining anything like food, flights, hotels etc. Gilly further added, “It’s a country that weighs you down, too. You have highs and lows; it’s an emotional roller-coaster, on the field and off the field. You’ve got to find a way to escape from it – if it’s in your hotel room, but you don’t want to become a prisoner to your hotel room, you have to get out there.”

The legendary batsman stressed on the fact that it is the attitude which will be counted when a team plays against India in their backyard. Gilly stated, “It’s [attitude] going to be a huge percentage of what’s required. The ingredients to success are a positive attitude, not just positive like you have to use your feet and go after the spinner but everything.”