New match, new opponent, new day but the same old result. That has been the story of the Pune Warriors in this IPL. Being new entrants, we wanted to do something special. But, no matter how hard we tried things didn't click for us in the entire season.
In the last game against the Kolkata Knight Riders, we faltered again as a batting unit. The wickets have become low, slow and are offering some turn as well.
But that is expected towards the end of the season. We should have got at least 140 on the board to apply some pressure on KKR. In the end, it became a cakewalk for them.
Basics went wrong
If I were to be asked the reason for the dismal show, I'd say we didn't get the basics right.
We didn't bat well enough to get the desired score, didn't bowl well to defend or restrict the batting team and didn't field well enough to create pressure on the opponent. We had the resources and trained hard, but we faltered in execution.
Leading a side isn't easy. You take that extra pressure. You feel more responsible for what's happening around you.
You keep questioning your moves and decisions and, most of the time, you are in switch-on mode, either thinking about what went right or preparing for the next game.
Dressing room spirit
The biggest challenge for me was to keep the dressing room spirit high. Losing dressing rooms can become miserable, but that, thankfully, wasn't the case with the Warriors. We didn't allow depression to set in.
Captaincy is a tough test but I enjoyed every moment of it. Maybe, we don't have the results to show but a lot of times results aren't a true reflection of your efforts. The last 45 days were tough and unique for me. Leadership in itself is a great learning curve and you get to know new things everyday.
Managing a group of 25-odd people, taking decisions on their behalf, keeping every individual's aspirations and abilities in mind and pursuing the goals of a team always make you a better man manager.
All the boys in the team have been outstanding and their support was valuable.