My collection of ducks has gone up by one more and so has the quantity of jokes and puns on me. Someone in the content team of twitter or facebook is set to get richer with all the jokes on my three ducks, well done boys! Well, I too am trying to see the funny side of these ducks but haven’t succeeded so far. Will let you know when I do.
The win in the end really worked as a balm. I don’t know how I’d have reacted if the result hadn’t gone in our favour. Somewhere I also felt sorry for my two India teammates and friends Yuvraj Singh and Virat. I know they’d be feeling really wretched. They game was with RCB for almost 39 overs but in the end it was only a miracle that we came on the top. I get a feeling that on Thursday night even God Almighty was wearing purple and gold and shouting KKR...KKR.
How’d you explain that with RCB needing 10 off 9 balls and Yuvi and AB batting, they lost? Honestly, while I never lose hope but I knew that my team was clearly on ventilator. Chris Lynn’s catch, Umesh and Vinay’s last two overs and our self-belief pulled it off. Lynn’s catch was the game-changer. I don’t know how he did what he did. More than anything it is a tribute to his fitness and mental strength.
I am a huge fan of the way Aussies play their game and am always one for having them in the lineup. They play it tough and don’t give up till it’s over. Another Aussie who has this competition by the scuff of its neck is Glenn Maxwell. We play him on Saturday. I think it should be fun as I think we have the bowling to counter him. More than that, it will be self-belief which will help us.
I am surprised that I am not sulking as much as I thought I would. I woke up fresh and contended that we won. Jugnee Ji was giving me company on I-pod. I’m smiling just enough. The bus trip from Dubai to Abu Dhabi was fine. We were shamelessly comparing the shopping malls of Gurgaon to Dubai knowing there was no comparison.
So life seemed good...till the time I got a message from a “well-wisher” in Delhi. It was another one of those duck jokes on me. It read, “Gautam is just one duck away from becoming the Audi brand ambassador.” Block the sender? No. Switch off the phone? No, never. Call the “well wisher” and blast him? Waste of time. Solution? Take it in the stride and fight it out, the Aussie way.
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The writer is the skipper of Kolkata Knight Riders