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IPL has taught me to value time

india Updated: May 12, 2011 23:48 IST
Jacques Kallis

It's taken a month of sorting out, but finally there is some daylight between the top-four teams and the rest. I'm not suggesting that the semifinalists have been decided, but it will take a huge effort for a team outside the top four to break in.

Welcome break

We've had a couple of quality days to refresh and recharge our batteries, which has been a rare privilege. The IPL makes you appreciate your time and space - sometimes it feels as though you can go for days without having a moment to slow down and reflect!

I'm happy that my golf swing is still in working order and the Royal Calcutta Golf Club has been a joy to play on. I am an easy man to please and one of the greatest pleasures is taking money off Mark Boucher on the golf course. Fortunately, that is something which has happened quite regularly, so I'm a satisfied man.

Unstoppable Gayle

We've all been keeping an eye on the tournament and nobody can fail to be impressed by the form of Chris Gayle. We talk about his strengths and weaknesses (not that there are many of those) and discuss ways to get him out.

The truth is, when a player of his calibre gets on a run like this, the best you can hope for is that his form runs out before you have the misfortune of coming up against him.

Hopefully, his storming run will come to an end in the semifinals - if not, hopefully, he's not up against the KKR.

When I look at the quality of the players involved in the teams at the bottom of the table, I find it hard to understand why they haven't been winning. There is so much talent and proven international experience. But somebody has to lose.

As the first couple of editions of the IPL proved, the difference between success and failure is wafer thin.

The same team which finishes last this year could easily win it next year, which is exactly what happened a couple of years ago.