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We’re positive despite defeat: Yusuf

cricket Updated: May 11, 2009 03:07 IST
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After winning three successive games, the loss against the Chennai Super Kings was disappointing though not demoralising. We fought all the way and it proved that we would never throw in the towel easily.

It changed in one over when Badrinath got 20 runs. This is the beauty of T20 cricket, everything comes down to that one over or innings which decides the course of the match.

Sometimes, even after planning, things don't click. We will live with it and move on.

Shane Warne also said as much after we finished the game last night. He said we needed extra effort but was satisfied that we were not disgraced in defeat.

This week, we had another bowler in our ranks, Morne Morkel. He is strong and wants to do well all the time.

We are staying on in Kimberly, the town famous for diamonds.

Our next game is against the Deccan Chargers, who are one of the top sides. Both teams are playing well and it should be an even contest. For the Chargers, it all depends on Herschelle Gibbs and Adam Gilchrist. Now with Andrew Symonds also coming in, the trio will have heavy responsibility on their shoulders.

My family has joined me in South Africa and watched the Royals play. If Irfan and I are playing at the same venue it becomes easier for the family to be together. That was the case on Saturday when both sides were in Kimberley.

They are staying back in Kimberley and will watch me play on Monday.

After that, they'll decide on their travel plans in a way that they're able to watch both of us in action.