Tom Moody will have a tough time picking up batsmen for the semifinals, for all of them are in terrific form.
While the likes of Shaun Marsh and Kumar Sangakkara have been in tremendous form right through the tournament, James Hopes and Yuvraj Singh, who have had a relatively quieter tournament, too regained their touch in the last game. Add Luke Pomersbach and Mahela Jayawardena to the list, and it acquires a menacing look, capable of batting the opposition out of the game.
And it’s this red hot form of their batsmen that is giving Mohali a lot of confidence, so much so that they don’t look even slightly bothered by the fact that Chennai have defeated them in both their home and away encounters, something which no other team has managed.
“Yes, we have been defeated twice by Chennai, but then a number of things would be irrelevant when we take the field tomorrow. We would meet in completely different circumstances, at a different venue and, above all, we would be going into the game with much greater confidence,” said Moody.
Echoing the thoughts of his coach, Yuvraj too concurred that the last two defeats wouldn’t have much bearing on Saturday’s contest as they had been playing some quality cricket and were riding high on confidence.
The skipper also sounded quite pleased at his own return to form, saying the knock against Jaipur came at a perfect time.
“I timed the ball quite well and I think it’s come just at the right time,” he said.
The skipper also didn’t appear to have any worries on the bowling front as well, although the bowlers have shown the tendency to wilt under pressure on a few occasions in the last couple of games.
“I think our bowlers have bowled really well, given how flat the wickets have been. Besides, many other teams have given far more runs than we have, so I am pretty satisfied with their effort,” he said.
Yuvraj also tried to get the crowd behind his team, saying Mumbai crowd is fantastic and he has always enjoyed playing here. It may be recalled that Yuvraj was pretty upset with the crowd in their match here against Mumbai, saying he couldn’t believe how India players were abused.
“I am sure the crowd would come and support me as well as Dhoni tomorrow,” he said.