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Don’t have luxury of talent pool

We're back in Kolkata after suffering two successive defeats on the road. The one against Chennai gave us confidence but once again we played extremely poor cricket against Delhi. Gautam Gambhir writes

india Updated: May 03, 2013 02:21 IST
Gautam Gambhir

We're back in Kolkata after suffering two successive defeats on the road. The one against Chennai gave us confidence but once again we played extremely poor cricket against Delhi.

We need to win all our remaining six matches or at least five to have any chance of making the next stage. Many have already written off
KKR, but I don't think you can write off good teams in a hurry.

I like former Hampshire captain Mark Nicholas as a presenter. He recently wrote an article where he says what Aussies must do regain the lost glory. It makes for a nice read and I liked this passage: "That team of 1989 was the worst on paper to have left Australian shores, they said. That's until this one leaves (Nicholas says referring to the current Australian team selected to play the Ashes in England). Rather like 1958, when Peter May's England arrived in Australia with the best side ever, yes ever! So the Aussies were no-hopers on each occasion. The results? 4-0 to Australia both times. You don't play on paper. Clarke better stop being nice to people and get dirty. Either that or he must find Richie Benaud's Midas touch."

Nothing's on paper
No sport is played on paper. The real deal is in the middle. KKR is bright on paper but struggling. We're yet to achieve the legacy of Australia. We don't have the luxury of talent pool of some of the other franchisees. What we have is what Nicholas wants from Clarke. We are not nice to people and like to get dirty to win. Midas touch? Once again it's a writer playing with words and nothing else. Apart from recent defeats, Sarabjit's death has also taken a lot of my mindspace. Once again it is sad to see politicians sprinting past each other to sympathise with his family. As is almost a sequence now, there is outrage, there are tears and there are those candle marches. Sarabjit is gone. I don't know if my stats are right but I am told that there are more than 200 Indian prisoners in Pakistani jails. Can we do something about them? Or will they meet the same fate.
(Kaizen Media Solutions)
the writer is kkr skipper