A lot of things have changed in India since the inception of the IPL. So has my life, on and outside the cricket field.
Before I get into the details of Season 2, I must admit that the decision to move to Chennai Super Kings was one of the hardest I’ve had to take. The reasons for the move are varied, but it’s sufficient to say that at times you have take a call using both heart and mind.
I already miss my Bangalore team but I am beginning to take a liking to Chennai for the sheer simplicity of the team owners.
Dhoni is Captain Cool and I share a great relationship with him. The culture is such that we — Fleming, MS and I are free to get on with all the cricketing matters.
The liking extends to South Africa and Cape Town as well. On Thursday night, Cape Town was the place to be. The parade that was put on rivalled anything I have seen even at World Cups.
Come Saturday afternoon (evening in India), it will be back to cricket again.
With the Super Kings, the responsibility is huge, something that comes with being the runner-up.
The bowlers have a real challenge in this format and my task is cut out. The domination of the bat is the highest, making it that much more interesting for me.
It will be interesting to see the kind of pitches on offer. The practice pitches have been good for bowlers too but it would be naive to expect the same in the matches.
Last time, it was peak summer in India, making it very tough for the bowlers but here in SA, it is cooler, so we are not sure what to expect.
Whatever the case may be, these games get over so quickly that there is no time to brood over losses or get ecstatic over wins.