Our present situation resembles to that of a class 9 student who is left with too much syllabus to cover with too little time. This is despite the fact that till the mid-term he was a topper.
I have drawn this comparison because with just one game to go we are still searching for a spot in the qualifiers. And like that class 9 student there was a stage where we were sitting pretty on the top of the points table. We had beaten Hyderabad, Punjab and Pune on the trot and that too in their domain. We were confident and sure.
Perhaps that class 9 student celebrated his success a bit too early. Perhaps the winter break post the mid-term made him complacent and he lost the grip. KKR did. The losses to Gujarat and Bangalore at the Eden Gardens now feel like a body blow.
I can lament these losses the whole night but the fact is that KKR weren’t good enough in either of these games. Eden was our terrain and we should have fared better. We made some basic errors, including my embarrassing dropped catch of Virat Kohli. I expected a champion team like ours to learn from these stutters but our last game in Kanpur showed that we didn’t.
Silly run out
For starters in the Kanpur game against Gujarat I was involved in yet another silly run out. It was school boy’s stuff from me and Robin. It felt sick that in such an important game I was run out not by good fielding but error of judgement. Some of our dismissals were too casual. With all due respect to Dwayne Smith, the batting has to be extremely ordinary if the West Indian is going home with figures of four wickets for eight runs.
Yes the wicket was green but it wasn’t unplayable. Yusuf Pathan showed that we were not playing on the moon but some of the other middle-order batsmen failed to draw inspiration. At the cost of repeating myself I’d say that me and Robin should have batted with more responsibility. On surfaces like the one in Kanpur it is the openers who set the tone.
Anyway, we need to move on. We are back in Kolkata and await our game against Hyderabad and all this with Cyclone Roanu lurking around the Bay of Bengal.
Not for crumbs
Hopefully, we will get a full game as the rain had stopped at the time of writing this . I am watching the Mumbai-Gujarat game and someone told me that Mumbai’s loss is our gain. I categorically dismissed the thought. As a proud cricketer I can’t be praying for someone else’s loss to qualify. That is not how I play cricket. KKR better be writing their own destiny rather than waiting for crumbs.
I also want to congratulate Nitish Rana for his brilliant maiden fifty in IPL. He batted really well for Mumbai Indians on Saturday. He is a hard working cricketer and I can say this with authority as we both train at the same academy under coach Sanjay Bharadwaj. He is one of the many young cricketers who we can keep a tab on. Knowing Sanjay sir he’d be having a small celebration at the academy to mark Nitish’s success. On my part I’d advise Nitish to learn from the class 9 student example – never take anything for granted.