It was one of those days you would like to forget very quickly and move on. Against Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla, we were beaten fair and square by the hosts. Full marks to Delhi Daredevils for executing their plans well and they rightly deserve to be on the top of the table.
For us it was another learning experience and I think this kind of defeat will push us to work on our grey areas before entering the business end of the tournament. We are halfway through in this tournament with four wins and four defeats. And looking at our side and resources, one won’t hesitate to say that we could have done better.
In the last game against Delhi, we were up against a very formidable batting line up on a very good batting wicket. The likes of Virender Sehwag and Mahela Jayawardene, came hard on us. Forget about the bad deliveries, even the good ones were dispatched to boundary with so much ease. Viru is in real good touch and he is making the most of it. As a bowling unit you can’t do much when he is on song.
So many times, I have enjoyed the attack of Viru as his teammate for India. But this time I was on the receiving end and can very well imagine how helpless bowling attacks feels in front of him. The other day Yuvraj Singh called him the Viv Richards of this generation and rightly so. He is fearless and merciless. But during these kind of onslaughts you need to raise your intensity and should not allow the game to drift away.
We are a very good fielding side, but the other night at Kotla our effort wasn’t up to the mark. By cutting singles, forcing doubles in to singles and stopping certain boundaries you create pressure on the opposition. On a track like this you need to convert those half chances and we didn’t do that. These kind of efforts gives a clear signal to the opposition that we may be down, but not out.
While chasing this kind of total you are always under pressure and have no time to settle. Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik tried their level best, but that wasn’t enough. But bygones are bygones, and we have very little time to regroup. Our next game against Deccan Chargers is at our home ground and we would like to bounce back quickly.
This Mumbai Indian side is full of hunger and high on aspirations. Now is the time to display this commitment. One half of the tournament is over and the most important half is about to began. This is the time to raise your game and intensity. Deccan has tasted victory in the last game and would come hard at us. We need to be fully prepared in all the games and can’t take anything for granted. We will pick up our game to get things going.