Mantra for success: Regular training and mental toughness

Rain delayed Kolkata Knight Riders' first match in the 5th edition of IPL against Delhi Daredevils at Eden Gardens. HT/Ashok Nath Dey

Match referee Ranjan Madugalle was surprised by the sudden downpour hours before the start on Tuesday. "I thought I was in Sri Lanka," he said. The weather changed from bright and hot to dark and windy in an instant.

Rameez Raja, looking on as the umpires solemnly inspected an outfield that looked dry, said he felt like a resident of Delhi, considering the number of matches he is doing in the city.

Mahela Jayawardene echoed similar thoughts about the IPL. "Only the other day I was plotting to get KP (Kevin Pietersen) out. Now, I will be plotting with him to get my friend (Kumar) Sangakkara out.

The Delhi Daredevils trumped the Super Kings in style, their crushing win achieved by a clinical performance.

Big heart
A day before the game, super triathlon athlete Anu Vaidyanathan spoke to the squad about her insanely demanding sport.

During competition, Anu (an electronics engineer and a PhD who has taught at the IIT and IIM) has to swim 10 km, cycle 200 km and run a double marathon!

Her magic formula to keep going rests on three principles — regular training is faith, so never miss it. Beyond a point, the mind matters more than the body. And, the most critical: If something is easy, then it is not worth doing. After the match, captain Virender Sehwag also let out his little secret of the day. "I felt good," he said, "The ball was hitting the middle of the bat nicely." And what song did he hum as Doug Bollinger came running in?  His reply: Kishore Kumar's chala jaata hoon….

The writer is CEO of Delhi Daredevils


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