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Steyn, a friend who shows his fiery side on the field

cricket Updated: May 05, 2011 00:26 IST
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Confidence is understandably high in the KKR camp at the moment following a couple of thoroughly professional and convincing performances, but nobody is taking anything for granted.

We are playing some excellent cricket and gelling well as a team. Game plans are clear, we all know our roles and we believe in each other as well as in ourselves. Our energy needs to be focussed on keeping the same discipline and energy going into the semifinals and, hopefully, the final.

It felt good to be walking out onto the field with Mark Boucher. He has been the subject of a lot of teasing by the TV commentators because, just a week ago, he was in the box with them and now he's playing! Not many players could have made such a quick transition from media to player.

Bouch doing great
Not that he was ever ready to start a career in the media. I think he still has many years left on the field before he ever considers that. He still has the hunger and desire to perform on the big stage and is loving the opportunity given to him by KKR. Another man very much at the top of his game is Dale Steyn and it was a treat to be up against him a couple of days ago. A little strange, too, I must admit, because I had dinner with him and his girlfriend, Jeanne, the night before and there he was doing everything he could to knock my head off the next day.

Steyn not 'soft'
At the beginning of his career some people said Dale was a bit too 'soft' to be a fast bowler. Well, all I can say is that he treated me with the same respect that a butcher shows a carcass - and we're great friends off the field!

Hopefully, Gambhir's knee will recover in time for the next game and he'll be fit to resume his batting and captaincy duties. But if not then it'll be an honour to take over again as I did on Tuesday against Deccan. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed captaining the team. I'm not short of experience, but it was particularly rewarding doing the job in the IPL. It might not have been so exciting had we lost!

HAWKEYE