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Warne missing Watson, Tanvir: McGrath

cricket Updated: Apr 28, 2009 02:37 IST
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The tournament could not have got off to a better start for us, as we have three wins out of three games, even though we have not yet played the kind of cricket we are capable of. Captain Virender Sehwag was in ominous form in the first game, and the fact that he has had two quiet matches, points to a big one round the corner. The same applies to Gautam Gambhir. The star performers with the bat so far have been AB de Villiers and Tillakaratne Dilshan, who have been exceptional. The story so far would have to be the way the spinners have fared. This is not to say that the pacers have not contributed, but spinners were beginning to be seen as an endangered species in T20 cricket, so it’s great to see that they have blossomed here.

We will be taking on the defending champions in Tuesday’s game, and it will be interesting to see whether we can do well against Shane Warne and Co. They have been slightly up and down, and I thought they would have gained some momentum after that incredible Super Over win. However, they were below par against Kings XI. They are clearly missing two of their star performers from last year — Shane Watson and Sohail Tanvir. I will be watching Kamran Khan on Tuesday, he seems to have Shane’s backing.

I am also happy with the way Nannes is shaping up for us over the last few games. He is a hard-working lad, and has used the conditions wonderfully so far. He is playing ahead of me because the team decided to go with the extra pace of Nannes for the moment. It's still early in the tournament and I am sure I will be in the mix sooner or later.

The latter is developing quite nicely for us, and he seems to be an exciting prospect for India. The presence of these two and Daniel and Amit Mishra gives our bowling real good variety and balance. On Tuesday, we will come up against Yusuf Pathan and Ravinder Jadeja. I also suspect that Graeme Smith is due for some runs.