It was a much-needed win against the KKR and one that has brought some relief to a talented side like ours. In the first 10 overs, we were looking at a big score, but the way the bowlers stuck to their task was admirable.
We spoke about how the bowlers needed to get things right, and Vinay Kumar did just that. I spoke to Vinay before the game and told him what length he needed to bowl. He did that consistently. I kept him out of the attack till the 12th over, but the ball was still new and it was a crucial time as the batsmen were scoring at 10 an over. If he had gone for runs, things would have been difficult.
That said, even when the KKR openers were scoring, I felt we had things under control. The way I see my role in the side is that I need to take wickets at crucial junctures. Perhaps, I tried a bit too hard in my first over and went for runs. I switched to a restrictive length, and it worked well.
Putting S. Sriram into the mix was a decision I thought we had to make as I wanted someone who could give us the option of a couple of overs, as our bowling unit had not delivered as well as it could have.
It was tough on Sriram, playing his first IPL game after a break, but he did his job. He looked to go after the bowling, but that didn’t work, but the partnership with Rahul Dravid did.
Rahul kept up the tempo. Then, Robin Uthappa capped things off nicely. His innings gave us a rush to the target and I’ve been particularly impressed with how he has kept wickets.
In Nagpur, we have another game that we’d like to win as it will get us closer to the semis. The ground is larger and the wicket slower, so we’ll have to take a look at our combination.