It's been a gloomy couple of days in the league due to the sad news about the spot-fixing scandal. A lot's already been said about what's happened, so I'm not going to add fuel to fire. As it is, being an active player, it's difficult for us to comment on these kinds of issues. All I'll say is I trust the matter is being handled by the highest authorities and I'm sure they will deal with the situation appropriately.
In any case, from RCB's point of view, we have too important a game today against Chennai Super Kings to be thinking about anything else. While it's clearly not possible to just go about your business pretending nothing has happened, the mood in the camp is upbeat and everyone is focused on just one thing - beating Chennai.It was disheartening for us to succumb to our first home defeat against Kings XI Punjab the other day. Just reflecting on that match, I'd say it was a typical RCB sort of wicket but one where it was not easy to play shots right away. I guess, being a 4pm game, the wicket seemed a little drier than usual.
And bear in mind it had also not been utilised much as we were on the road for six straight games. Pujara got off to a better start than me, but I hung in there and as the game went on I was able to help the team get to what I thought was a defendable total. Unfortunately I was wrong.
I know the stats appear to suggest we have had more success chasing than while batting first. Honestly, as a batsman, I prefer batting first and posting a good score as you're able to play a little more freely. Also, for the team batting second, the chase becomes a bit of a mind game. But the simple truth is these things are not in your hands. So we've got to back ourselves to be successful in getting the job done regardless of whether we bat first or second.
The writer is RCB opener