Unfortunately our disappointing season continued in fortress Jaipur with a comfortable win for Rajasthan Royals. On a cracking pitch, we were shy again of a par total despite the best efforts of Ben Rohrer, who batted really impressively for his unbeaten 64.
Today though, we return to Delhi for our last home game and everyone is really keen to give the fans something to cheer against a powerful Royal Challengers team that has played well this season and is deserving of their place in the top four.
Right now, with qualification hopes all gone, it’s about going onto the park and playing with pride and passion. We have been backed by the franchise all the way and we have been loyally supported by our fans despite there being lots of disappointment this season.
Indeed, the growing intensity of support from home fans is one of the things I have noticed in the past two seasons of the IPL and especially this year. It’s been six years now and fans are building stronger and more emotional attachments to their teams. That’s great news for everyone and ensures a fantastic atmosphere in the stadiums.
There is huge enthusiasm here and that makes it even more upsetting when, as a team, you’re unable to deliver the consistency of performance that we aspire to. Looking back, we missed too many opportunities in those early five to six games. That prevented us from gaining any momentum and was then followed by a couple of lacklustre performances as confidence waned, as it usually does when results don’t go your way.
At the top end of the table, it’s been a very different story for the Chennai Super Kings. They are a lesson for us with their flawless game-plan execution, the control exerted by their top order, and their great consistency during key tough match moments. They’ve played some fantastic cricket.
I still hope we can finish this tournament with some really good cricket. The tournament is building-up towards a really exciting final two weeks with five, perhaps six, teams really battling it out for a place in the top four. We want to play a part in this finale by giving something back to our fans, starting tonight.
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