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Getting attuned to T20 format has helped

As I sit down and take stock of the second season thus far, I must admit to one thing. In cricket, as in life, you never stop learning. Take the match against the Kolkata Knight Riders, in which we opened with spin from either end. Anil Kumble on the win over KKR

cricket Updated: May 01, 2009 02:33 IST

As I sit down and take stock of the second season thus far, I must admit to one thing. In cricket, as in life, you never stop learning. Take the match against the Kolkata Knight Riders, in which we opened with spin from either end.

While it may not have been a novel move, that we employed it in Durban, is the real news. Here was a pitch, one of the world's fastest, and we had spinners opening our attack. Daresay, we got it right, the surface seemed unusually dry and hence the choice of spin.

That we backed up the fine effort with good batting made the match complete for us. We knew we had to win to stay in contention and so were more keyed up.

The big difference with the batting was the start. I have been writing how our poor starts have cost us but the opening stand of nearly 70 set up the chase nicely. We did lose momentum when their slower bowlers came on and that is something we have to talk about and ensure that we put right.

Having a great finisher like Mark Boucher helps. In the two games he's played so far, he has shown what he can do.

As far as finishes go, our skipper Kevin Pietersen is done with the tournament and we'll certainly miss him. He's such a positive character that it is difficult to get negative around him.

Of course, his absence means an opportunity for another of our foreign stars to come good.

About my own bowling, I am having a great time. I think the trick has been in grasping that one has just four overs to bowl and be prepared to try everything possible in that period.

The idea of just four overs is not something that a mind like mine, used to long, long spells, easily adjusts to but this season, I think I have been able to make that shift.

I am now prepared to bowl my four overs in one straight spell. Once you are ready for such spells, bowling becomes easier and even pleasurable in the T20 format.

I hope I am able to continue doing well and my team does the same.

We have a game against the Kings XI coming up at the same venue and it is imperative that we put our best foot forward again. It would also help if we put our best hands forward and take the catches on offer!