Former Australian wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist, who is enjoying the commentary experience with the ongoing seventh edition of the Big Bash League has bobble it up when he referred the home-based league as the India Premier League (IPL).

The incident happened during the exciting game between Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Stars in Brisbane when Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab Khan conceded 13 runs in his very first over of the lucrative league before dismissing Glenn Maxwell and then Luke Wright.

The 46-year-old New South Wales-born veteran batsman Gilchrist has enjoyed the excellent run during his remarkable career for Australia, but the commentary has been far more interesting when it comes to the Twenty20 professional leagues across the globe.

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Adam Gilchrist has also wished all the best for Shadab Khan after playing his maiden BBL game. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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The league further grabbed the headlines owing to the popularity, and the heart turned against the southpaw this time around for a slip.

Gilchrist with the high-pitched voice remarked: “Shadab Khan, welcome to the IPL.”

Interestingly, Gilchrist had cherished his time in the subcontinent with two IPL franchises; Deccan Chargers and then Kings XI Punjab. He featured in the first edition and regularly featured until 2013.

The powerful striker of the ball, Gilchrist played 80 IPL matches in which he scored 2069 runs at an average of 27.22. He smashed two hundreds and 11 fifties before returning to Australia.

However, there was no apology from the Gilchrist during the live broadcast, but later on, he accepted his mistake through the Twitter post when the Twittersphere took the subtle dig at him through multiple posts.

“Was by no means nice on the alphabet! Apologies for the slip. Glad you’re watching our protection although #BBL07,” Gilchrist tweeted.

It’s pertinent to mention that Gilchrist was sharing the commentary box alongside former Australian fast bowler Damien Fleming and England skipper Michael Vaughan.

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Marcus Stoinis pummels Brisbane Heat bowlers, as Adam Gilchrist apologies for his gaffe. Photo Credit: BBL.

The brilliant performance with Melbourne Stars batsman Marcus Stoinis (99 off 51), who was announced Man of the Match couldn’t see the John Hasting-led side easing past the line.

Moreover, on the other side, James Faulkner tried his best, but the side fell short while chasing down the target of 208 in 20 allotted overs.

Thus, Heat went on to clinch their league opener by 15 runs which were also the second fixture of the tournament.

However, the promising Mianwali-born teenager Shadab was far expensive as he went on to give away 41 runs before tweeting about his maiden experience on his official Twitter handle.

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Adam Gilchrist has also given a piece of advice to Steven Smith in the past. Photo Credit: AFP.

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Handy with the bat as well, Shadab stated it was fascinating to experience to take the field for BBL outfits Heat while adding he is enjoying the fresh journey with his teammates.

“Victory on my @BBL debut. Good learning experience, the crowd was fantastic. Had a lot of fun playing with my @HeatBBL teammates,” Shadab tweets with the hashtag of ‘Turn Up The Heat’.

Between 1996 and 2008, Gilchrist played 287 One-day Internationals, 96 Tests and 13 Twenty20 Internationals for Australia, as Shadab, who is new to the international fold, represented Pakistan in 12 ODIs, 10 T20Is and solitary Test against Windies at Bridgetown in April 2017.

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Tahir Ibn Manzoor

Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Cricket Addictor, who follows cricket like food and he has a great affection for the long-form journalism. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor