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Smiling assassin is back, brings misery to opponents

"This is the best bowling I have seen from any bowler in a T20 game." KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir heaped the ultimate praise on L Balaji, sounding too generous after the team's first win.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2012 00:34 IST
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"This is the best bowling I have seen from any bowler in a T20 game." KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir heaped the ultimate praise on L Balaji, sounding too generous after the team's first win.


It was after all only a day earlier that one saw an almost perfect display of fast bowling from Dale Steyn, in a losing cause for Deccan Chargers. There would be few spells, if any, that could rival the fierce display by the South African.

Bajali too deserves credit for his fine effort that helped KKR fightback after losing their way a bit with the batting. With Kallis dealing the opening blows, the bowler finished the game as a contest, removing Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in quick succession.very philosophical

The Tamil Nadu bowler, whose India career was wrecked due to a serious hip injury, though was restrained and philosophical while assessing his bowling. "Courage, skill and intelligence-if you have it and use them at their optimum, you will do well. No doubt you will get hit sometimes, but you have to keep coming back, and things will sooner or later fall into place," he said. "You just need to keep things simple, do whatever you are best at, don't try something you can't."

Then, it was time to give credit where it was due. And the first in the line was their bowling coach Wasim Akram and his teammate Brett Lee.

"Wasim has been a great influence. With him, I have worked a lot on my rhythm, wrist position...have used soft ball, wet ball, to get better and more accomplished," he said.

"Having around someone like Brett Lee too is a huge plus for all the bowlers."

And of course he couldn't have missed out Rudi Webster. "He tells us small things that helps us keep things simple, and keep the larger picture in mind."

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