While writing this article I am still feeling numb and exhausted because of the defeat against the Chennai Super Kings at Chepauk. It was one of those matches where we were really charged up and each member in the side wanted to turn things around. But that wasn't the case and we have no one to blame apart from ourselves.
Let down by batsmen
Looking back, I won't mince words and state that once again our batting didn't live up to the expectations and every batsman, including me, in the team is responsible for this. I was really disappointed with myself as I wanted to be there till the end and finish the game. But it was one of those days when ball wasn't following the command of my bat and no matter how hard I tried, things didn't work.
The Chepauk wicket was slightly on the slower side and shot making wasn't easy. Our bowlers made the most of the conditions and did a terrific job of restricting the Super Kings to a reasonable total. 142 was achievable and looking at our batting I don't see any reason why we shouldn't have got those runs. When chasing such a target on a wicket like this, you need to maintain a steady run rate without taking too many chances. Losing a wicket adds to the pressure as the new batsman will always take some time to get used to the slowness of the pitch and the conditions.
One third of the tournament has gone by and now is the time when things should start working for us. We started well by winning our first two games and then have lost our way a bit by losing three games in a row. Looking at the league table, we are in the bottom half of the table and the only way we should go from here is up. I have full faith in the ability and effort of this side and I am very sure that results will start coming our way, sooner rather than later.
One thing about defeat is that it reveals your weaknesses and presents you with an opportunity to reflect on your game. Plenty of lessons have been learnt from the last game and we really need to raise our intensity when we take on the Super Kings again at our home ground. These back to back games against them provide us a unique chance to set the record straight.