We have proved that we are the best and most rounded side. We have great depth in batting with AB de Villiers, Tillakaratne Dilshan and David Warner doing a good job. Gautam Gambhir has been good in a couple of games, but he has been a little below his high standards. The same holds true for Virender Sehwag and his injury and fever did not help. However, it is unlikely that Viru will not play even one matchwinning hand, and what better time than the knockout stage.
It has been hard to be a part of the bench, and I was hoping for a game during the league stage. I have asked a couple of people about why I was not being played, and I get the sense that they were worried about my fitness. I feel fitter than I did last year, but I guess I will not get a chance to prove that now.
Though there is disappointment at not playing, it was great to give tips to Pradeep Sangwan and Yo Mahesh. I was really pleased to see how well Ashish Nehra has performed. My time with the team has been fruitful and I was happy to interact with Dinesh Kartik, who has a fine cricket mind. They were all great to have in the change room and if I have been able to help any of these guys in any way, I would be very pleased. I am contracted for another year with Delhi, but that is a long way away. Right now, I would not bet on myself returning.
Coming back to the semifinal, I would say that Delhi are still to play at their best. If they can do that either on Friday, or better still, on Sunday, the silverware will be in Delhi next week. Gameplan