We do not have big names like other teams
"We have got some lot of local, younger and exciting Indian kids. We have not got star studded lineups like some other teams. We are trying to make sure we play well," said the former Australian stumper ahead of his side`s opening match against Yuvraj Singh-led debutants Pune Warriors at the D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai tomorrow.
"It`s a great opportunity. New franchise, new team mates, new coach with whom I have had the good fortune of playing together for ten years or so (for Australia). We are getting to know the team and trying to get the balance right. It will take a little bit of time but we feel it is on track," said Gilchrist who led Deccan Chargers from no hopers to title winners in IPL II held in South Africa in 2009.
Gilchrist said because of the number of player movements this season, a lot of teams would take time to get settled, barring perhaps Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians who have managed to retain a lot of their original players.
"There were a lot of player movements between teams. It will be an interesting time as teams get resettled. Mumbai and Chennai, perhaps, have had least movements and won`t take quite as much time (to settle)," he said.
"We have had a really good week`s practice; getting to know each other. Are ready to go out and play good cricket."
Talking about himself, Gilchrist, a member of the great Australian team that won three World Cup on the trot, said though he did not play serious cricket barring representing English country Middlesex in a T20 tournament after last year`s IPL, he had come prepared by training at home.
"Since the last IPL I had a little stint with Middlesex in their T20 competition over there. That`s the only official cricket (I played). Had been training at home in Perth, getting some good sessions in fitness, batting and keeping wise," he said.
"I feel fresh. I hear a lot of players saying obviously only a week off from World Cup to this (IPL) (there) is not much time. There will be a few jaded players, a few players who are worn out. Fortunately I don`t have that concern.
"I feel refreshed and excited. (But) it`s a grueling tournament and by the end of six weeks everyone is exhausted; players administrators, press men," he said.
Gilchrist felt confident that his team had adequate spin cover as they have India`s World Cup-winning leg spinner Piyush Chawla and Australian David Hussey
"Piyush is obviously an international standard bowler.
Hoping he can produce his best cricket. We have got other very adequate spin bowlers. We have batsmen who can bowl. David Hussey comes to mind. Probably he`s a bit more than part time in the short version cricket. We feel comfortable at the moment. Hopefully it`s enough for us," he declared.