It's been a hectic schedule for us and we have a crucial game to end a stint in which we have had four games in eight days. However, as professional cricketers, it would not do for us to complain because we knew this would be a challenging stretch in the KKR itinerary.
These are the challenging phases that give cricketers a fair idea of how fit they are. We have won two of the last three games and, hopefully, we will end this phase with three wins out of four. At present, we cannot afford to think of being fatigued.
A COMPLETE UNIT
We must not be dwelling on what might have been in the last game because we are still well placed in the tournament and have been playing good cricket.
It seems ages ago that this tournament started with our game against the Chennai Super Kings. That one did not go our way but that does not have any bearing on what will happen on Saturday. Our team is now a complete unit and all our overseas players are now well and truly settled in the side.
SHAKIB IS BACK
Shakib-al-Hasan is also fit and raring to go. He wants to get a piece of the action. It’s also great to have senior pros like Brett Lee and Mark Boucher and we feel a lot more complete as a unit than we did in our opening game when a few of our overseas players were unavailable.
Thursday’s defeat was disappointing. We did not play to potential at crucial moments and that cost us. However, no complaints as the owners ensured that we were on the flight back to Kolkata soon, rather than taking a circuitous route from Kochi that would have taken six hours.
STICKING TO PLAN
It is clear that Chennai are a very good team and they are also on a bit of a roll, thanks to the four straight wins. However, we know that if we stick to our plan and execute it well, we will get the right result.
There is a week-long break after this game, but we must guard against looking forward to that. There is some serious
business to complete before we can think of rest.