We need to pick ourselves up and do the basics right if we are to keep our chances alive. The Mumbai Indians have sailed through to the last four but three places are still up for grabs. I believe it will go down to the wire. If we want to see ourselves up there, we need to get consistent in every aspect.
It was a heart-breaking experience in Bangalore. Till the 10th over, the situation was picture perfect. If I had won the toss, I would have opted to bat as the wicket seemed dry and was bound to slow down. It was indeed a welcome situation when Anil Kumble won the toss and asked us to have the first go.
We got to the 100-run mark as early as the 11th over, losing just one wicket. From such a position, any team would look forward to something in excess of 180-plus. But we threw away the opportunity. In T20, you need to throw the bat around but in a gamely manner, judging the course of the game. But the way our batsmen threw their bats around it seemed there was no tomorrow!
When it came to defending, we started off well by removing the in-form Jacques Kallis and needed a few wickets upfront to keep the pressure on. Ashok Dinda once again bowled beautifully with the new ball but we couldn’t sustain the pressure at the other end. There is a saying in cricket that catches win matches, but we let a few slip and that didn’t help our cause.
Once the asking rate goes over nine, which happened at times, the ball flies around and that is when we need to hold our catches.
The Super Kings lost the last match and so have we. Whichever team re-groups at the earliest will call the shots.
Our start while batting has been good in the last few matches. This has to be maintained. Talent is necessary but what counts more is the will to deliver. Bad days will be there but how you wake up to it determines how far one will go.
The time has come for us to stand up as a unit, not just rely on a few individuals to deliver.