As a player, Sir Viv Richards never wasted any time in leaving his mark on a game and thankfully for us, our convincing win over Mumbai is enough evidence that he clearly still holds that knack even in the role of an advisor.
At a time when nothing seemed to be going right for us, his arrival was certainly refreshing news for our camp. It was a particularly big occasion for the young guys in our squad who hadn’t met him before. He spoke to us about how we could assume better control of a positive situation and the results were there for all to see. I’m extremely delighted for the boys as in each of our six defeats, we had always fought hard but were just unable to get a result.
I would love for this to be the turning point of our campaign but only time will tell us whether that proves to be the case. However, I do expect that we will be a different side from now on, one that will at least not be lacking in confidence any more having beaten a very good side in Mumbai rather comprehensively.
Having said that, there are still areas where we need to improve, especially our fielding. While I have seen remarkable progress in our fielding compared to our efforts in previous games, we can do still better as we each recognise how crucial those extra runs saved could turn out to be in this format of the game.
Our decision to leave out Morne Morkel must have caught many by surprise. It was undoubtedly a tough call for us to leave a player of his quality out, but being a slow dry wicket, we strongly felt that his strengths would be nullified. We also wanted to check out our other options and try a few different things and eventually the combination worked for us.
I’m looking forward to facing my former team, Kings XI Punjab today but what I’m looking forward to more is a second successive win. We haven’t fully decided on what combination we will go with in this game, but whoever ends up playing, must give everything to ensure another rewarding evening is in store for our fans who have firmly stood by us during our troubles.
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