It's always nice to start a tournament with a win, especially against a good side like the Mumbai Indians and that too on their home ground. It sounds so funny when I say Mumbai to be an away match. It has been my home for 15 years when I played in national colours. But, the uniqueness to this tournament has made Pune my home.
Pune is a young side and this win will help the players gain confidence. This is just the start; a lot of permutation and combination are in store. So, there is no point going overboard after just one win. Rather, we need to keep our focus intact and get on with the job.
The win though is important in many ways. Firstly, we won points in an away game. Secondly, when you put it across a side like Mumbai, the confidence level goes up.
In a team sport, it has to be a combined effort but individual contributions can't be ignored. Robin Uthappa and Steven Smith put their best foot forward with the bat and when it came to bowling, everyone put his hand up. I must make a special mention of Ashoke Dinda. I have been saying this throughout the season that Dinda is India's No. 1 fast bowler at the moment, and his deeds continue to prove me right. He needs to be constantly given games with national colours on. He has a big heart, is willing to work hard and has a mind to learn quickly. I am sure he will benefit by spending time with Allan Donald in the IPL. Our batting will need to be taken care of. Now that the bowlers have shown what they are capable of, the batters will need to come to the party.
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The writer is Pune Warrior’s captain