As a coach, it's not always about telling someone what to do, but also about learning along the way. At this point of time the most important part of my job is observation. Things move so fast in this format that one sometimes gets too caught up with the action to make the right observation.
The fast bowlers were expected to play a part in South Africa but the spinners coming into their own is something that could not have been predicted. And it is all so different from IPL 1, where spinners struggled for the best part.
I put down the spinners' success not just to wearing tracks but also to the fact that the practitioners of the art have employed a lot of variety. Variation in spin is one thing, but the variation in the faster deliveries is even better. The spinners have improved technically and as bowling coach, I am not complaining. As far as I am concerned, anything that makes the batsmen think in this format, is worth its weight on gold.
I'm still surprised to note the spinners are being used in the death overs. It's the surprise element that comes into play here. If spinners manage even one of or two dot balls, we can expect a good over. Chennai were expected to start better but it's early days. What heartens me is our team meetings. Even after a loss, the attitude is positive. It is that positive attitude that we will take into our next matches.