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MI’s quiet confidence a good omen

india Updated: May 24, 2013 00:31 IST
Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble

When we play the Rajasthan Royals later tonight, it will be a virtual semifinal, and looking around in the dressing room, I am quietly confident that we will get the job done.

Rajasthan are a good team who have played excellent cricket to reach this stage. They had a very good win over Hyderabad in the Eliminator, and that is a tribute to the quality of their side because Hyderabad have been fairly impressive this season.

Once you get to this stage, as important as your skills is the ability to hold your nerve, and by extension, that means creating the right environment within the team set-up.

As strong as Rajasthan are, you are better off focussing on your team rather than looking too much at the opposition. Of course, there will be plans, but they will revolve more around our team and what we need to do rather than what Rajasthan might do.

Keep it simple
Cricket is a simple game, and you have to keep it simple. You can't complicate and overplay the situation.
The bottom line is about getting all three disciplines right. We have the batting and bowling to get the job done. We are also a very strong and electrifying fielding unit, as we have showcased several times in this competition.

Sachin is still in a race against time to be fit. He's progressing well and we are hoping he will turn up fine because he brings so much with him to the field.
But if he doesn't recover in time, it will mean another opportunity for Aditya Tare. In the few games he has played, he has shown plenty of enterprise and has had reasonable success.

Injury woes
It's unfortunate that we will be without Dhawal Kulkarni, who is out of the competition with a side strain sustained in Dharamsala.
We have had our fair share of injuries in this tournament but I suppose that is par for the course in a tournament such as this.
We have fond memories of playing at the Eden earlier this season, when we defeated the Knight Riders by five wickets. We will take that confidence with us going into this game against Rajasthan.

We have a strong bowling unit, and we need to fire collectively. Because it is a T20 game, one or two batsmen can take the game away, but from a bowling point of view, it is essential that the entire attack comes together as a group.
The writer is ex-India skipper