Watson welcomes Gilly's appointment as Chargers' captain

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New Delhi, Sept 30 (UNI) The inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL)'s man of the tournament, Shane Watson, today welcomed the move to appoint Adam Gilchrist as the new captain of Hyderabad's Deccan Chargers along with Darren Lehmann who was chosen as the coach of the team.

Yesteray, Deccan Chargers dumped VVS Laxman as captain of the side and appointed Gilchrist to take up the job, while Lehman replaced former Indian all-rounder Robin Singh as the coach.

Watson played a pivotal role in Rajasthan Royals' win in the IPL and was a stand out performer in the whole tournament, for which he was adjudjed the best player in the Twenty20 event.

''Gilly and Lehmann are excellent partners and both of them will work together to turn around the fortunes of Deccan Chargers,'' Watson told a private website today.

Watson, who is in India for the four-Test series, in place of controversial all-rounder Andrew Symonds, said Lehmann's expertise would be well utilised as the coach.

''He (Lehmann) has a fantastic understanding of the mix of Indo-Australian culture and he can incorporate that to pep up the Chargers. Darren was with us in Jaipur for two weeks during the IPL and did an excellent job.

''I am sure Deccan Chargers will be well served with Gilly and Lehmann in charge,'' Watson stated.

Hyderabad, which was one of the biggest spending teams in terms of money paid to players, had a horrible inaugural season in which it could win just two matches out of 14 games with Gilchrist leading the team in eight of the matches after skipper Laxman had to sit out due to an injury.

Laxman had recently come under severe criticism from his Chargers' teammate and Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who said the Indian middle order batsman lacked a basic understanding of Twenty20 cricket.


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