Although things didn’t go to plan against Bangalore in the last game, we are still well-placed at this stage to push for a semifinal place.
Everybody knows what Chris Gayle is capable of but that doesn’t mean you expect it or are in anyway prepared for it.
A century off just 55-odd balls completely takes your breath away. I couldn’t help hearing about his dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board and hope that it is resolved. Players of his calibre need to be on the international stage, and international cricket needs them. That is assuming he still wants it.
It was a relief to be back amongst runs after a couple of lean games but, as always, I would have traded all 40 of them for a victory. I haven¹t bowled for the last couple of games but fortunately we have enough options to cover for my absence in the attack. It is a precautionary measure while a couple of niggling injuries are healing.
We are starting a four-day break which, in the context of this tournament, feels like a summer holiday! Sometimes, I feel as though I don’t even have time to make a telephone call between flights and matches, so I’ll have some catch-up time for family and friends, although we will be practicing as well.
The next game against Delhi has suddenly become a very different prospect after Viru and David Warner’s fireworks on Saturday. They are probably the most devastating opening pair in the competition (although Gayle and Dilshan might argue), so when they both come good in the same innings, the Daredevils will be hard to stop.
One of the keys to winning consistently is to do it in your own style and by playing to you strengths. Nobody will be the Daredevils by trying to play like Sehwag and Warner, but they can still win in other ways. Hawkeye