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Cricket Columns

Miles to go and promises to keep
Sourav Ganguly, Hindustan Times
April 18, 2010
First Published: 23:28 IST(18/4/2010)
Last Updated: 23:31 IST(18/4/2010)

As I write this column, none of the two matches slated for Sunday have got going, but I have to live up to the time frame set for my write-up.

Both matches are crucial in terms of the Kolkata Knight Riders' existence. As a team we will be striving to live up to our potential in our last match and would love to sign off in style.

If we get the opportunity to do something special, in order to reach the last four, we will give it our best shot. If our match against the Mumbai Indians turns out to be a matter of statistical interest, we will still try and give our fans something to cheer about.

The Kings XI match and a few others are haunting us. When one is dependant on others, the feeling is one of helplessness. We will be waiting with baited breath for the results of the two Sunday encounters. Against the Rajasthan Royals, our bowlers did get their act right. It was a much-improved display than what we dished out against the Royal Challengers and Chennai Super Kings. The result was there as we restricted Rajasthan to a small total.

The fielding and catching, except for a few hiccups, was of the highest order. Laxmi Ratan Shukla and my catching lifted the side and we could comeback strongly even after Rajasthan got off to a flier.

We did have the run-rate in mind when we went out to bat but were pushed back a bit by the loss of Brendon McCullum and Chris Gayle in the same over. Cheteshwar Pujara seized the opportunity and played a magnificent knock. He did not let the pressure build.

A lot of people are surprised by my fielding. I am not, because it is a reflection of the hard work put in throughout the year.  This makes it more frustrating. We are not that bad a team that we need to depend on others.  PMG


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