• This is my first visit to India during an IPL, and it's amazing to see how it has captured the imagination of a whole nation. I see it discussed on television, across news channels, I see it all over the newspapers, and I see the teams staring down at me from billboards.

     

    Indians have always loved cricket and have now been seduced by the Twenty20 format. I was in Delhi for a few days, where people are passionately supporting the Daredevils, and I am now in Mumbai, where the Mumbai Indians are being followed with equal fervour.

     

    Such passion and interest can only benefit the sport and, while I feel a little sorry for other sports in India, it is great to see the excitement around these matches. I do respect the traditions of cricket but I have no problems with change and innovation. T20 is all about innovation and I don't get worried by its surging popularity.

     

    Last night, I really enjoyed watching Matt Hayden's knock with half a bat. Who is to criticize the Mongoose after the way

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  • The boys did very well on Friday night, against the Delhi Daredevils, and I have to say Suresh (Raina) was excellent, from the captaining point of view. The Delhi side has some of the best players in the world, like David Warner and AB de Villiers. It was a great challenge for Chennai, especially without our regular skipper Dhoni, and we passed it with flying colours.

     

    It was hard work for Suresh but he was calm and composed. He is definitely future captain material, and this is part of what the IPL is about: to help develop the Indian players, and if we can do that, then it’s another feather in Chennai’s cap.

     

    We hope to carry this momentum into Sunday’s match, against King’s XI Punjab. We have not lost a game to them in the IPL, and they are not having the best of starts to this year’s campaign either, losing all three of the matches they have played so far. That, however, is no reason to take them lightly, and we won't.

     

    A team that is on a losing streak is desperate and more

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  • Thursday's game between the Rajasthan Royals and the Royal Challengers Bangalore was proof of how equations have changed since the inaugural season. Shane Warne's men had a dream run in the inaugural season, were ordinary last year, and have started poorly this time round.

     

    The Rajasthan Royals looks very disbalanced at the moment, and the team management would do well to look at their selection policy. It does not help that they have been struck by injuries to some key players, while others like Shane Watson are yet to join them.

     

    Shane Warne needs to turn things around for them quickly, as only he can, but it seems a little tough for them at the moment. He used to say that coaches are what gets players to the ground. He might now have to recognize that a coach actually does have a role.

     

    Things look very different for Anil Kumble and his men. Jacques Kallis is in very good touch and seems determined to master this format as well. Kallis is one of the most underrated cricketers

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