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Thanks to IPL, unknown boys are popular today

india Updated: Apr 10, 2012 00:15 IST
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Two losses from our first two matches isn't ideal but, as I said before we had played a match, this tournament isn't about how well you start — it's about how well you finish. It's not dissimilar to the World Cup in the length of time it takes to play, and there is plenty of time for form and fortune to change.

Our first game was rain-affected, which always makes things more tricky in an already short format, but that's no excuse. We made a poor start with the bat in the second game and it was always going to be hard to catch up after that. But there is a more than enough talent and belief in the squad to ensure that there is no panic.

I can even take the time to appreciate the fortunes of some of the other teams at this early stage of the tournament. The Pune Warriors had a poor season last year and their start to this season was swamped with controversy. Not much was expected when they finally took the field for the first game.

But an opening victory against the Mumbai Indians and a second comfortable victory have raised eyebrows. Could they be a factor this year? We have already seen teams go from top to bottom in the space of a year, so Pune might be set for something similar.

From South African point of view, I'm delighted for Paddy Upton and Allan Donald that their roles in the management structure of the franchise have started well. I’m looking forward to bursting their bubble and making sure their winning start comes to an end when we meet!

Quick rise
As each year of the tournament passes by, it’s fascinating to see the new players emerging — cricketers who are being regarded more and more as T20 specialists. The tournament started with all the ‘biggest’ names in the game, but now there is at least one hero, if not two, in each squad who is not a household name. How quickly has Kevon Cooper made an international name for himself! There is no reason to worry at this stage for KKR, but it is definitely time to win. It would feel a little uncomfortable with no points on the board after three rounds of matches.

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The writer plays for Kolkata Knight Riders