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Warne's presence in the dressing room is an inspiration

Source : COLUMNS
Last Updated: Thu, Apr 14, 2011 05:12 hrs
ShaneWarne RPSingh

It is a start of a long campaign and the two wins in as many games fill us with much confidence. Most of the guys in the team understand the pitch at Jaipur like the back of their hand and one thought that 165 was a par score on it.

The way our top-order went about their business in the chase, one would have thought that even that would have been achievable. It started off well for us, with the wicket of Virender Sehwag as the key. Shaun Tait was selected to get us the early breakthrough and he did his job just right, ending with a couple of key wickets.



Everyone has got their new nicknames: Yuvraj

Credit must be given where due; Venugopal Rao and Dave Warner batted extremely well from the position that the side found themselves. Rao was the more aggressive of the two and Warner gave him good support before exploding later to set up a challenging target, one that looked improbable at 36/4.

Rahul Dravid gave us a good start, not allowing the momentum to drop at any time and Ashok Menaria picked up the gauntlet from where Rahul left off. Three sixes off successive overs effectively sealed the game for us.

Warney's captaincy revolves a lot around backing the youngsters to deliver the goods and Menaria's promotion up the order was one of those decisions. We wanted a left-hander to counter the left-arm spinners that Delhi possessed, and he did that wonderfully well.

Warne's presence in the dressing room is an inspiration enough for us. The couple of wickets that he took, to go with the manner in which he deceived the batsmen apart from conceding only 17 runs was magnificent. He might play in only one format of the game but rest assured, he does that supremely well.

Our next few games are going to follow the play-travel-play-travel-play routine. After our next game against the Kolkata Knight Riders, we will be on the road for a few days. That Kolkata match is a home game, but after that, they host us at the Eden Gardens for a return game, followed by a game at Bengaluru and Mohali before returning back to Jaipur on April 24.

It is a hectic schedule but will be followed by a week of home games - also the time to explore the city more!

I am concerned about our team's batting: Sehwag

Our next opponent, Kolkata Knight Riders, is the first of the teams that we play two games in this tournament. They have also won their last game, a well-fought win over the Chargers and will be as confident as we are currently.

They have some world-class players in Gautam Gambhir and Jacques Kallis, while Yusuf Pathan has the ability to single-handedly destroy bowling and bowler-morale. We have some plans for them and it should be an interesting couple of match-ups against the Knight Riders.
 
Professional Management Group



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