VVS Laxman, who skippered the Deccan Chargers Team in the inaugural Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament, was replaced by former Australia’s Adam Gilchrist. In the competition the Laxman-led team ended at the bottom in spite of top cricketers like Andrew Symonds, Herschelle Gibbs, Scott Styris, Shahid Afridi and Rohit Sharma being in the side.
Immediately after the tournament ended, team-mate Shahid Afridi said that Laxman was not at all suitable for the Twenty20 format of cricket. The Deccan Chargers team had only 2 wins from their 14 matches. At the half-way stage, Laxman was injured and Gilchrist captained the side.