I cannot wait to return next year

Last Updated: Mon, May 23, 2011 04:47 hrs

It was a nice way to end the tournament with the win over the Mumbai Indians, the second time in the tournament we had done so. I am happy that we were able to send Shane Warne off in the manner that we did, a much-wanted win after the string of losses. What made it rather special was the way we won, restricting the opposition to around 130 and then knocking those runs off in 13 overs.

Shane Watson came to the party in this game with the ball and the bat. He got both his best bowling figures and batting scores in the game and thanks to the kind of passion that we showed on the field, we made it difficult for the opposition.

Dravid was a silent partner in the crime

In the end, we finished sixth in the points table. We can be philosophical about it and say that we had our chances, but we also realise that we will need to play much harder in the next season to get to the second round of the competition.

Our tournament was punctuated by some brilliant team efforts pulled down by some ordinary ones which was responsible for missing out on the playoffs. Such is the nature of the format that defeat is inevitable but where the top sides have done well is to avoid going into a rut of losses - something that we would have loved to have avoided as well.

We have always believed in playing as a unit rather than relying on an individual and it was no different this year. The youngsters showed remarkable improvement and rest assured the names of Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Menaria and Ankeet Chavan will be heard for the years to come if they can continue with the work that they had put in.

Even as I write this, the four teams for the playoffs have been decided and an exciting one week of the tournament beckons. Chennai Super Kings, much like they had done in the previous edition, have garnered pace towards the second half of the tournament. Bangalore, on the other hand, were blasted into the playoffs thanks to that brilliant decision to get in Chris Gayle.

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Mumbai Indians have lost a bit of a steam but this format allows you to regain momentum as quickly as you lose it. On the other hand, Kolkata would be feeling quite pleased with their effort to get to the playoffs, their first in the IPL. They have crept under the radar unnoticed and could be a team to watch out for.

Having played in the IPL for four years now, the buzz associated with it something to look forward to. India is almost like a second home now and it is always nice to come back to a country so hospitable and I must say that I cannot wait to return next year. Hopefully with a performance that will put the smiles back on our fans' faces!

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