It’s the half-way stage in IPL6 and we are obviously not in the position we hoped we would be given our history in this tournament over the years and the quality in our squad. Unfortunately though, this is a reality we have to live with and a challenge we must rise to.
There is though no point is us thinking about the next eight games and trying to work out where we could end up if we can turn things around. What we must focus on is the next game only and, in this instance, it’s a big match for us against Pune Warriors.
If you start thinking too far ahead of yourself in sport, it is dangerous, so we all just need to keep things simple and work hard on the areas where we have fallen short. For me it is crystal clear that the biggest issue has been our inconsistent batting.
This was highlighted in our last game against Kings XI Punjab. Having secured that elusive first win against Mumbai we were all working really hard to build-up additional momentum with a second victory.
I felt it was probably a 140 to 150 pitch that night and we needed to get that kind of par score. In T20 cricket, it’s the batting that usually wins matches and we were all disappointed we could not give our bowlers a fair chance of putting Kings XI under some real pressure. It was a tough pitch but we should have done better.
Tonight we’ll be playing another team that has been struggling thus far in the tournament, but that is irrelevant really. They have plenty of top-class players all hungry to turn things around, especially after their mauling by a murderous Chris Gayle the other night. We must focus on our own game and our own processes.
It will be nice to experience playing in Raipur, our second home ground. We love playing in Delhi, but we’ll also cherish the chance to play in front of our Raipur fans. I really hope we can put on a great show for them and also bag some extra points to get us back into the competition.
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