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Atmosphere in the dugout is infectious

The best part is sitting in the dugout and seeing at how jokes in different languages keep everybody going. Yo Mahesh seems to keep all the Indian boys entertained. He is an upcoming cricketer and when he translates the joke in English it doesn’t sound as funny, but the laughter is infectious, Daniel Vettori on the team camaraderie.

cricket Updated: May 10, 2009 03:56 IST

Since the last time I wrote, we have had one more win. We were all happy and had a good time.

We’ve travelled from East London to Johanneburg for our next game on Sunday. Since Saturday was a day off, few of the guys went to Pretoria to watch the rugby game between the Cheetahs and Bulls. For the others, it was another day to relax. We have a lot to do in Johannesburg in terms of walking around the huge Sandton shopping mall and the others connected to it. I have been here a few times over the years and it’s a good way to while away your time on a lazy day.

There is a buzz around our hotel because the South African elections got over and the new President Jacob Zuma is being inaugurated. He is staying in our hotel, so there is heightened security around the place.

We are playing the Kolkata Knight Riders next, so it will again be a chance to catch up with Brendon McCullum. It is a little difficult at times to travel back-to-back for games on alternate days, packing your bags, getting ready and sitting at the airports for a while. It is all part of playing Twenty20 cricket.

The last few games have been enjoyable because we have won. I have not been playing but the joy of getting involved with our victory is something else. You forget that you are also involved as a player.

The best part is sitting in the dugout and seeing at how jokes in different languages keep everybody going. Yo Mahesh seems to keep all the Indian boys entertained. He is an upcoming cricketer and when he translates the joke in English it doesn’t sound as funny, but the laughter is infectious.

As of now, the game is the focus, but the next day we will be travelling in a hot air balloon to view the landscape of a game reserve. Then there will another set of guys who will be travelling to a game reserve park for a trip organised by our manager.