• It was a great all-round effort by the boys on Saturday night against Rajasthan Royals. We played well, especially after losing the toss as you can sometimes get the worst of the pitch when batting last.

     

    We won comfortably in the end and this was possibly our best complete performance. We bowled well and though the fielding was a bit shoddy, we held our chances and that is what made the difference. Sourav’s catch to dismiss Yusuf was unbelievable!

     

    He held together the batting too after we lost McCullum and Gayle early and he had good company in Pujara. Sourav could have pushed to finish faster, keeping in mind the run rate, but there is a fine line between pushing for runs and losing wickets. The pair chased well and got us to our target with around four overs to spare and that was a pretty good effort.

     

    Rajasthan would have been disappointed with their performance, and for the second year running we were instrumental in pushing them out of the tournament, but that is just the

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  • It is a signal honour to be picked as Wisden's leading cricketer of the year a tradition that the game's Bible started in 2004. Over the first five years the list was impressive - Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne, Andrew Flintoff, Muthiah Muralitharan and Jacques Kallis.

     

    Last year, the honour was bestowed on Virender Sehwag and while the editor of the almanac made it clear that a cricketer could be eligible for this honour more than once, in an increasingly competitive cricketing world its seemed unlikely that anyone would get the accolade twice. And yet, we have Sehwag not only getting the honour a second time but also for a second successive year. 

     

    That has to be truly special but then that is what Sehwag is - a truly special cricketer. As Wisden's editor Scyld Berry has put it succinctly in his appreciation of Sehwag's batting approach "last year he broke Test cricket's sound barrier by scoring at more than a run a ball, raising the bar even higher than in 2008 when he scored at a

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  • The win against Chennai was extremely satisfying as it was timely and got us closer to our initial goal of making the semifinals for the third straight year. We now gear up for our all important game against the Deccan Chargers, who must also be feeling recharged after their run chase against Punjab in Dharamsala yesterday.

     

    We will be playing in Delhi once again, and while the last match, against Punjab, did not go our way, we have a fair measure of the wicket and conditions at the Kotla. Against the Kings XI team, the pitch was slower and drier than we expected, and as a result we were unable to put up a good score.

     

    This time round, we have an opportunity to fall back on that experience and get it right. It's really hot in Delhi right now, so the pitch is drying up which makes strokeplay slightly difficult.

     

    The good news is that the team has taken a lot of confidence from our performance against Chennai in their territory. We were asked to bowl first, and Dirk Nannes and

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