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Plan but don't overdo it

Kolkata Knight Riders against the Rajasthan Royals was always going to be a 'big' match but nobody expected it to be so one-sided - least of all the players. Jacques Kallis writes.

india Updated: Apr 17, 2011 00:54 IST
Jacques Kallis

Kolkata Knight Riders against the Rajasthan Royals was always going to be a 'big' match but nobody expected it to be so one-sided - least of all the players. However, when we meet the Royals again in a few days' time, our nine-wicket victory will only serve as motivation for revenge for them.

Not one of the 10 teams will believe they cannot beat the others at this stage of the tournament. In fact, that will still be the case during the final round of matches before the semis.

Exploit advantages
The key to success is maximising your advantages and minimising your disadvantages. Planning is very important but 'over planning' can cause problems. Ultimately, T20 cricket still comes down to scoring more runs than the opposition!

Steady batting
Players with the ability to hit the ball out of the ground continue to grab the headlines and are always the crowd favourites. But look at Gautam Gambhir's innings on Friday - 75 not out from just 44 balls, and only one six! Batsmen scoring two or one from every ball will always beat the batsman who tries to hit every ball into the crowd.

Shakib underrated
It was fantastic to have Brett Lee and Shakib al Hasan in the playing XI against the Royals.

While Brett has a well deserved, and well earned, reputation as a match-winner in pressure situations, Shakib must be the world's most under-valued cricketer.

There is no doubt, however, about his skills being appreciated at KKR.

Hawkeye