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IPL teams will come back stronger: Katich

cricket Updated: Oct 11, 2009 23:10 IST
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New South Wales captain Simon Katich is surprised by the dismal start that IPL teams have made to the Champions League but reckons that Indian teams will bounce back soon in the ongoing Twenty20 event.

Playing in home conditions, all the three Indian Premier League sides -- Royal Challengers Bangalore, Deccan Chargers and Delhi Daredevils -- started their campaign on a disastrous note, succumbing to defeats in their opening encounters.

But Katich feels it would be a big mistake to take the wounded IPL sides lightly as they are sure to come back hard in the remainder of the tournament.

"I am little surprised too see the Indian sides lose their opening matches, especially when they are playing in home conditions which suits them better than any other teams.

"But in this format you can never take any side lightly and I am sure the Indian sides will bounce back in their second matches," Katich told reporters here today after making the Super Eight stage following a 35-run win over Sussex.

His feelings were echoed by Sussex Sharks stand-in skipper Ed Joyce.

"It's still early days as the IPL teams have played one game and I am sure they will perform better in their next match," Joyce said.

Katich feels a calculative game plan on a low and slow Feroz Shah Kotla wicket today stood them in good stead.

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