It would have been exciting to play in front of the Bangalore crowd but then, that is the way things go sometime. It was my first rained-off game in the four seasons of the Indian Premier League. When it comes to rained-off games, this is a common occurrence while playing in New Zealand.
So, I am quite used to these scenarios when one needs to sit in the dressing room, waiting for the rains to subside and hoping for the game to commence. I do understand that it would be even more difficult for the crowds who would have braved much to get into the stadiums and then to not have a match.
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From our perspective, the key is to learn how to relax in such situations and switch off when necessary. It assists in keeping the mind clear in case the game does start off. It is more difficult to switch on and off when the game starts and there are such rain interruptions between play.
We play the Kings XI Punjab next, which is our last game away before the start of a stretch of home games for us. A win here would be important; more so because it would give us three points from the three away matches.
Punjab has been playing some good cricket, as their two successive wins would indicate and we would need to be at the top of our games to be able to break their home bastion down. The pitch at Mohali is one of the better wickets in the country. The bounce is true and makes for a good contest between batting and bowling. It also allows you to play your strokes and that should augur well for our top-order.
Dew could be a factor in the game in India, especially in the night games. Sometimes it falls, while on other occasions, it does not, which means that we just need to get on with it. Obviously, while strategising before the game, we need to think through some of the situations that may arise due to the dew.
Paul Valthaty has had a couple of scintillating knocks for Punjab and having played for the Royals in the previous seasons, the team would know his style well. He looks confident as well, as his four-wicket haul against the Chargers would suggest and we hope to end his run of good form.
The travel regime is what you would come to expect from a tournament which has both, home and away games, but as someone who has the experience, you get used to it. For someone new, who hasn't done it before, it would be different if not difficult otherwise, as professional cricketers, one needs to bite the bullet and get on it.
After this game, we head back home where there is a break of four days between the two games at Jaipur - an important time to rest and recharge the batteries. Hopefully, a time to explore the city a little more as well!
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