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Pitches, not rain, reason for KKR's poor CLT20 run
Sourav Ganguly, Hindustan Times
October 21, 2012
First Published: 00:09 IST(21/10/2012)
Last Updated: 01:18 IST(21/10/2012)

The KKR are up against the Titans at Durban and I know that not only them but the organisers also will be praying to get a game today. The last couple of days have been hard for them in terms of the weather and the worst bit is that it has affected the Indian teams the most. In events like these, the progress of the Indian teams is very crucial for the tournament, in terms of the crowd and sponsors, so, a game tonight is crucial

Most of the Indian teams, other than the Delhi Daredevils, are on the verge of elimination and this could be a big headache for the television audience as well.

The Knight Riders are the first team to be knocked out, and the situation they find themselves in is not because of the rain. They have been below par in South Africa and it has a lot to do with their shortcomings on quick wickets. Their batsmen did not show enough skills and temperament against pace.

They take on the Titans tonight at Durban. The Titans have been in terrific form and are, more or less, assured of a semifinal berth. It is sometimes very difficult to find the right kind of mindset for a team, which has been knocked out of the tournament, and this will be KKR's biggest test tomorrow.

A lot of the players have just come from the World Cup in Colombo and have hardly got the time to be with their families for long. So, it's natural for them to be thinking about home. And, this will test Gautam Gambhir's captaincy skills. He has done well as captain and will have to find a way out to motivate his team. His main player, Narine, said at a press conference that KKR were under pressure and Gambhir will have to get them on the right side before the start of the game.

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The writer is a former India skipper


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