To begin with, I would like to wish happy birthday to a very special person in my life. On Sunday, Sachin paaji turned 38, and I wish him all the health, happiness and joy in life.
Last year has been a remarkable one for him, where he has not only touched new heights but also raised the bar to such a level that all what he has achieved looks unachievable.
But, despite doing all this, the kid in him still thrives on cricket and still has the same hunger for runs.
Hope he keeps doing this for years to come. I just admire everything about him — his cricket, his way of life and the balance he has maintained on and off the field.
Coming back to the IPL, after a much-needed break of four days, we will return to the ground to take on the Chennai Super Kings in their den. After starting the campaign well, somehow we couldn’t win in the last two games. With two wins and an equal number of defeats, we have had a mixed tournament so far, and now it's very important for us to get back to winning ways.
Despite losing two games in a row, the Warriors dressing room is very positive and full of energy. We have the ability and skill to turn things around and I don't see any reason why we can't do that. As a group, we are preparing hard, giving attention to every minute detail and taking nothing for granted.
Coming back to the last game at Wankhede, I won't hesitate to say that we all were really disappointed with our effort.
That was one match we didn't play well and the result didn't come in our favour. As a batting unit, we scored 118 runs and that score didn't do justice to our talent. Had we scored 20-30 more runs, the story could have been different.
But all credit to our bowlers who tried their best to defend the total.
Also, I think, when you have only 118 runs to defend you need to make some early inroads to put pressure on the opposition. While thinking about this tournament, I reflect a lot on our recent success in the World Cup. There are so many things we can learn from the victory and the steps we took as a group to achieve that.
We also had a few hiccups in the initial stage of the tournament and just when it mattered, the Indian team raised its intensity to win three matches in a row.
I think that is the kind of example we need to follow and replicate in this side as well. The last two games are a good wake-up call for us and, hopefully, in the coming games, we would apply our skills better to get back the momentum. PMG