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Kolkata, keep the decibel levels high

cricket Updated: Apr 20, 2011 01:21 IST
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It was satisfying to win our double-header against the Rajasthan Royals. I had maintained that we would be a formidable unit when our entire squad was available and we proved it when our bowlers got the Royals out for 81.

The IPL has been about building momentum and then holding on to it. This is why it's important to hang onto the winning streak as long as possible.

Be charitable
It was surprising to hear Shane Warne's uncharitable comments about the pitch. I have heard a lot about great and shrewd captaincy but eventually a captain is as good as his team.

And when a skipper gives excuses like a poor pitch for a loss it's disappointing. His claims about the wicket not being a good one is rubbish, especially, since we chased on it and did not find any devils in it.

Cricket is a team game and when the opposition wins, you should give credit instead of offering excuses.

Keep it going
Coming back to happier things, my thanks to Kolkata for the roar with which we were greeted in the last game. Keep the decibel levels high.

The introduction of the Australian players as well as Shakib Al-Hasan has really given the squad great balance.

Shakib is one of the most underrated cricketers in world cricket and a good bowler in sub-continent conditions. He is enjoying the conditions in Kolkata and is also a handy batsman lower down the order.

As for Brett Lee, what can I say? It's always better to have him on your side rather than face him, and I am enjoying the change!

He has a great deal of experience and is quite the team-man in the dressing room. He's here with his family and it's great to see the KKR team gelling as an extended unit.

Kochi no pushovers
On Wednesday, we take on another team which has some momentum going.

The Kochi Tuskers Kerala are a dangerous side with some good players like Mahela Jayawardene, Brendon McCullum and an effective bowling line-up.

I am not a great believer in the law of averages - it's a cliché but does not mean much.

I would rather ignore it and focus on the other law - if your team plays well and you execute your strategy to the best of your ability, nobody can stop you.

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