• Season III of the IPL is now half-way through and Mumbai Indians are on top, and that gives me a good feeling. After average displays over the last two seasons it is nice to see us heading the chart and inching closer to a semi-final berth. This does not mean we will take things easy: rather we will be wanting a win every time we go out into the middle as there are other very good teams snapping at our heels.


    Just behind us are last year's runners-up Bangalore Royal Challengers, and they seem to have taken up where they left off last year. They are led by the very experienced, and ever-wily, Anil Kumble, and he has players like Rahul Dravid, Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher, Dale Steyn, and a talented bunch of youngsters like Robin Uthappa, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey and Vinay Kumar at his disposal.


    Next are Rajasthan Royals, who started off poorly, but have now won four matches on the trot. One has to attribute this to Shane Warne, who I think is a really a master strategist. He

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  • Clearly, it was a forgettable home game for us in Mohali on Saturday, when we lost to Kolkata Knight Riders. Besides the loss, it was also disappointing for me because I now have to sit out of Tuesday's game due to a one-game ban for a slow over rate.


    Many sides have been struggling with bowling their overs on time, but we all know the rules and have to accept responsibility for any delays. I have full faith that Mahela Jayawardene will stand in efficiently. He is a very experienced leader and one of the best captains I have come across. I am sure there will be no problems on that score, so that's a small consolation.


    We have just not been able to get all departments of the game in order, and this has cost us on more than one occasion. A lot of people are placing the entire blame on Yuvraj Singh's shoulders, but I don't think that is very fair. He cannot be expected to single-handedly take us over the line every time, and the whole team has to play as a unit if we are to turn the

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  • Sunday night's win against the Deccan Chargers was a brilliant one, and all kudos to Harbhajan, first for the superb knock he played, and then the three wickets he followed it up with.


    Deccan did have us on the ropes at one point, but Bhajji's whirlwind 49 off just 18 balls got us to 172 and what turned out to be a match-winning total. Maybe using Sachin Tendulkar's bat has something to do with it and a bit of the Little Master's magic rubbed off! Bhajji, however, does take his batting very seriously and has been working hard at nets and it paid off.


    Besides Bhajji, Zaheer and Malinga also did a wonderful job, and Sachin carried on his rollicking form too, and his move to open the bowling with Bhajji was as aggressive as it was inspired. And it worked with the dangerous Gilchrist falling in the very first over and that set the tone for the rest of the match. 


    We play Kings XI Punjab on Tuesday, and though they have not been having the best of times this season, with just the one

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