I'd like to think it's been at least a decade since I took anything for granted in the game of cricket, but it's always worth asking the question and checking up on oneself especially when you lose a game you really should have won. At 69 for no loss after 10 overs chasing 157 to win, any team would back themselves to win. And it's only natural that people will look at our performance and wonder whether we became careless.
Credit should be given to the Tuskers who showed a lot of spirit. Their bowlers were disciplined and stuck to their plan, with Raiphi Gomez being particularly impressive. It's almost certain that we would have qualified for the semifinals had we won, so the defeat is all the more disappointing. Maybe, we needed a slap on the face.
All’s well with CSA
On a different note, I'd like to say it is pleasing to read that South Africa’s national administrators have stopped fighting. Players get dropped when they play badly but there is little accountability when it comes to administrators. But Cricket South Africa has agreed to an independent financial investigation to clear up all doubts regarding the hosting of the 2009 IPL which is great news.