Yuvraj Singh bowls during a practice session in Colombo. India play the fourth and final match of the tri-nations one-day international series against Sri Lanka on Monday.
Two wins followed by a three-day break. This was needed after the non-stop grind of seven losses. The wounds may not have healed but they are in a better state. I spent some time with my family and caught up on some rest. Ask me how these little breaks can do wonders to your physical and mental condition. You may stay in some of the world’s best hotels and enjoy the finest luxuries, but nothing beats ‘ghar ka khana’ and your own surroundings.
Task cut out
Our fate on the edge, the situation is simple. Win all the games and you see where you end up in terms of the play-offs. We can control what’s in our hands — prepare hard, plan well, execute them on the field and give it our best shot on the field. That’s what we are going to do in our last three league games. We’ll take one game at a time and not come under pressure by thinking of long-term goals. We have managed to do that in the last two games and I don’t see a reason why we can’t do it in the remaining matches.
Twist in the tale
Looking back at the past week, the league has taken some important twists and turns. Teams which were doing well have lost a few matches, and those with a cliff to climb have emerged stronger. MI and KKR have been consistent, but last week, they were on the wrong side of the results. Even the Kings XI have come back strongly to make a case for themselves. I assume MI, RCB and CSK are certain for the playoffs. There is one small opening through which we can sneak into the final four. For that, we have to win our games and hope that the other results also go our way.
One team has had a great change of fortune because of one man. RCB have done wonders and their hero is Chris Gayle. It’s amazing how hard and far he hits and that too in such a casual manner. Trust me, a lot of batsmen hit you, but his sixes pinch you the most. Let’s hope he will show some mercy on the tribe of bowlers. PMG