All through the season, we kept talking about the perfect game, and at no stage before the final did we think we had already played one because that could have led to complacency. The start wasn’t perfect in the final against Chennai, but the end certainly was!
Before the tournament, we sat around in Bangalore, where we were playing our first game, and had a team-bonding exercise. This little session helped focus on the goals and instill a sense of drive and purpose.
To win a tournament as big as this is a massive achievement, and the magnitude only becomes apparent when you have actually done it. There is the travel, varying sleep patterns and huge adjustments to the body clock. It is a tough ask of the players because they are the ones who feel the pressure and heat.
As support staff, our job is to free their minds of clutter and ensure that we provide the right atmosphere that will help them concentrate on the game.
Coming back to the game, while we did lose three early wickets, at no stage did I feel that we would lose.
No praise can be too high for the manner in which Pollard batted. There is a general opinion that Pollard can do much more than what he has done. This season, he met and exceeded all expectations, winning three matches single-handedly on his own bat and winning a fourth with his brilliance in the field. He can change the course of a match effortlessly, like he did last night.
HAWKEYE/Chivach Sports. The writer is former India skipper.