• Having reached the half-way point of the tournament, I have to admit that it is not looking good with six losses and a solitary win to our credit. Every other team has won at least three matches so there is no question that we have our work cut out for us.

     

    However, as disappointing as it is, we have certainly not given up hope and we are still looking to be as positive as we can in difficult circumstances. Twenty20 cricket is a funny game and while a couple more losses on the trot will definitely seal our fate even mathematically, we are also aware that with a bit of good fortune, we could string together a few victories as well, which will breathe some life into our campaign and give us some hope of staying alive. 

     

    As professionals, we understand the situation that we are in - it happens in sport, and no one is more disappointed than the players. However, it is only through remaining positive, no matter how cynical or over-optimistic it may appear to our fans, that you give

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  • Season III of the IPL is reaching the crucial middle stages and this is when teams would actually like to run into some good form so as to reach the final four of the tournament. Delhi has begun the second half of their games nicely, with two wins at home.

     

    Significantly, the return to form has coincided with the return of Delhi Daredevils captain Gautam Gambhir after an injury-enforced break. The Delhi youngster has crept quietly on world cricket and his performances in the last couple of years has been outstanding.

     

    He has been one of the few young players who seems at ease in all three formats of the game and is a calm, understated sort of guy. I am sure the administrators in India would be keeping a keen eye on his progress as captain. Being understated and quiet is a good recipe for being a good leader, because it helps you do the job with minimum fuss.

     

    Another factor that helped Delhi is the fact that they are enjoying home conditions, while visiting teams are finding it

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  • It was unfortunate that I was not able to play against Delhi Daredevils the other night because I was unwell, and more unfortunate that we lost. I am better now and available for Thursday's match against the Deccan Chargers, which is a massively important one for us.

     

    Delhi summed up home conditions well and the toss made a huge difference as the pitch started deteriorating later on. They bowled well too, making it tougher for us to chase 178 runs. Warner's blinder of an innings was another big factor: he made batting on that wicket look easy and Paul Collinwood gave him good company.

     

    Now, we are back on home turf and the game against the Chargers is one we need to win to get ourselves back in contention. We can take the confidence of beating them first time round in their backyard into the match but we need to use our home ground to our advantage and try to win, not just this match but also the two after that.

     

    Deccan may have lost their last two matches but they can never be

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