A couple of the RCB boys have made it to India's World T20 squad and that's great for them. For those who have not, hopefully, this will egg them on to greater glory.
I've been asked about how I'll handle India players for the rest of the tournament, but frankly, there's not much one can do in situations like this, except to take a call on a game-by-game basis.
You have to look at the balance of your team, for, in this format, every single game is crucial. So, what we can do is try and tell the player to ensure he recovers in time, keeps track of what he's doing and rests his body whenever possible. On our part, if there's an opportunity to rest him, we will, beyond that, it's really up to an individual to pace himself.
What's more pertinent perhaps, is the mental aspect. In an ideal situation, whether you're picked or not should not affect anyone's performance, but it doesn't always work that way. People are built differently. Personally, even early in my career, I did not let selection issues get in the way of playing my usual game --- I wanted to win every time I walked out. And, even though it might not seem that way now, there were many stages in my career when there were question marks over performances. These always spurred me on to raise the bar.
At the end of the day, as a player, you need to perform and contribute to the team's cause and to do that, you need to be in an ideal state of mind. So the sooner you learn to keep negative thoughts away, the better you become as a player. But yes, it's easier said than done.
Meanwhile, yes, we lost. But, at the start of the event, if you told us that almost halfway through, we'd have won four of six games, we'd have taken that.
A one-odd game loss really isn't a bad thing. This format does involve a large dose of luck. One wicket changes everything, as does one dropped catch, a really good over or just a brilliant piece of cricketing magic. Life, in this particular fast lane, is like that. Now, we're looking forward to a break. Five days without a game equals time to refresh, regroup and come back stronger. We're not seeing each other for at least two days, another good thing! We'll come back waiting to be comrades in arms again.