The Pune Warriors are in Chandigarh where we will face the Kings XI Punjab in our 10th game. We are in desperate need of luck and performance to turn things around. After a great opening, the IPL has been full of disappointments and I can't deny that we have failed to live up to what we can do. When I see the players in the dressing room and then look at the points table, it fails to make sense. I don't think the table is a true reflection of our ability. We deserved to be in a much better state of mind and on a better stage. It's just that in all these defeats we fell short of our objectives. If we were batting first, we scored 10-15 runs less than our desired target. While bowling, we gave away 10-15 extra runs, which created more pressure on us.
Look at the last match against the Mumbai Indians, where we were in a position to restrict them to around 140. But we ended up giving 159 and those 15 runs made the difference.
Despite having our backs to the wall, we have to see what we can retrieve from the situation. Nothing less than a run of victories will keep us alive and that is the simple equation in our remaining games.We don't want to look up and see how difficult the climb is. The easier approach would be to get there by keeping our eyes on the small steps. At no point has this group lost hope. We know the odds are against us but the other way to look at it is that this is a common situation in sport.
Rahul Sharma, the young leg-spinner from Punjab, has been outstanding. In the last game against the Mumbai Indians, he bowled one of the best spells. He has subtle variations to unsettle batsmen. Rahul played his part against Mumbai and we're hoping a few more hands will be raised on Sunday.