Kolkata will get back on the park after almost a week. The break came at an opportune time because it gave us a time to step back, reassess, reevaluate and rejuvenate ourselves. The two back-to-back losses at home were deeply disappointing, and looking back, the one against Kochi was particularly hard. We had bowled ourselves to a position of advantage but simply did not use the depth we possess in our batting. Against RCB we were just unfortunate to come up against an innings that would rank right up there in this edition of IPL. I had mentioned Chris Gayle as a destructive batsman we needed to be wary of, and he certainly showed us why. That kind of loss can occur in this format, making it all the more crucial to close out games.
No target impossible
However, now we need to look ahead, and coming up first is Delhi Daredevils. They have played two games in the last few days and by that evidence it's a batsman's dream come true. Virender Sehwag played a blinder to propel Delhi past 230 against Punjab, but the latter also managed to cross 200. This means that no total is out of reach and the pitch remains true right through the game.
Our team is looking pretty hungry at the moment, and the break has done them all a world of good. We have been doing some light training and also using this time to bond, gel and enjoy each other's company as a team. The player to have really reaped the benefits of this was Yusuf Pathan, who has used this time to get his knee completely mended. We watched Tuesday's game between Bangalore and Delhi closely and it was interesting to note that while all bowlers did suffer, the pacers seemed to have got some assistance from the wicket so we will have to choose our bowling attack after taking a good, close look at the wicket.
I am happy with the way the team is playing at the moment, and I'd rather save our best for the end. It's no use of peaking right now and running out of steam later.
That said, it would be good if we begin to build some momentum over the next couple of weeks, starting with Thursday's game.
Coming from Delhi I do know this pitch well, but for me it's just another game where I will be representing my team. I am not particularly concerned that I am playing in my 'home town' or that I am taking on my former IPL team. I have no point to prove but I have a couple of points to win if I focus well. That's my mantra going into Thursday's game.