In T20, things happen fast off the field too. One innings by Sourav Ganguly has changed the tone of Shah Rukh Khan's tweets and after being critical of him for referring to the toss following the defeat against the Delhi Daredevils, the team's co-owner is back praising the skipper.
“Dada led from the front. Team being young, I told him sometimes leaders need to follow and bring up the rear too. He will…korbo lorbo jeetbo,” Shah Rukh posted on his Twitter page.
“Team has to develop enthusiasm and love of winning. (Chris) Gayle and David (Hussey) looking good. The Indian boys rearing to try their hand,” he wrote before flying to Malaysia. He would be back for the Sunday show against Kings XI Punjab.
It is sure to create a frenetic atmosphere at the Eden Gardens and Ganguly said after Thursday's win against the Deccan Chargers that the home fixtures are going to be more important. “Apart from the support, you know the conditions and can plan accordingly. We've got some more home matches (four out of six) and need to win them.”
Apart from his stunning innings, Ganguly's bowlers made perfect use of the slowish pitch and mixed things up cleverly to stifle the Deccan charge.
“Ganguly set the tone but they bowled very well in the middle and late overs. We were ahead in run rate and also had wickets, but they varied the pace, bowled yorkers,” said Adam Gilchrist.
No marks for guessing what gave the bowlers a good total to defend. In between biting nails after the match, Ganguly was emotionless, like he has been off the field several times after performing under pressure. “I've never looked at life that way. You're always under pressure... even Sachin Tendulkar is. You've got to get on with the game.”
A rare sportsman, who has had to prove his point on more occasions than his Indian peers, Ganguly has given the Knight Riders a fresh lease of life. In doing so, he has set an example for his teammates. It will take a more collective effort to make most of two home games up next.