Deccan Chargers appoint Gilchrist as new captain; Lehmann as coach

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Mumbai, Sep 29 (UNI) Deccan Chargers, the Indian Premier League team, have appointed former Australia wicketkeeper and batsman Adam Gilchrist as their team captain with immediate effect.

Gilchrist, who averaged 47.60 runs in 96 Test matches and 35.89 runs in 287 One-Day Internationals, helped Australia win the World Cup three times. He holds the world Test record for number of sixes hit (100) and has claimed 472 dismissals behind the stumps.

''Adam Gilchrist commands respect within the team and right around the cricket world. He has redefined the role of wicketkeeper/batsman in modern cricket,'' Tim Wright, chief executive of Deccan Chargers, said in a release here today.

''I am confident Adam Gilchrist will unite Deccan Chargers' outstanding talent. Four members of our squad were on the India tour of Sri Lanka, more than any other IPL team, and the quality of our overseas players is well known. These players will play for Gilchrist,'' he added.

Gilchrist said, ''It's a tremendous thrill and honour to become captain of the Deccan Chargers. I look forward to working hard with everybody towards making the team successful.'' In a further move to add depth and strength to the support staff, Deccan Chargers have appointed Darren Lehmann as Head Coach.

Lehmann scored the winning runs in the 1999 World Cup Final at Lord's and helped Australia retain the World Cup in 2003.

''We are delighted to be giving Darren Lehmann his first post as coach and have no doubt he will be a great success. He has already brought considerable energy into the group and has a no nonsense approach to winning cricket matches. Darren Lehmann is in India this week to run player trials in Hyderabad. We are looking to build a solid talent base for the future,'' Wright said.

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