• Our seven-wicket defeat to Bangalore Royal Challengers on Saturday night was obviously disappointing but we just have to dust ourselves down, learn what we can from the loss and focus on our next challenge: a very tough game against Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday.

     

    The beauty about this Mumbai Indians team is that we are very close. It's like a family this year with everyone united. We are all supporting each other and we're all focused on the team's goals. That is very important when you are playing in a competition like this.

     

    The big turning point in our defeat to the Royal Challengers was that disastrous 11th over of the innings when we lost Rayudu, Sachin and Bravo, slumping from 74 for three to 76 for six. All credit to Vinay Kumar: he bowled four very tight overs and used a lot of variation. His three-wicket strike rocked us.

     

    We'd also struggled a little bit at the start of the innings with me departing early. In our two earlier wins we’d got off to solid starts and that is

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  • It's hard to imagine that Kolkata Knight Riders lost to Rajasthan Royals by 34 runs even though they had seven wickets in the shed when the final over began. Clearly, things went horribly wrong for the Kolkata team and they seemed unable to change gears once they got into cruise control.

     

    Why didn't any of the batsmen try to change the momentum? Why did the form players not come in earlier? Both Sourav Ganguly and Dav Whatmore must take responsibility for faulty planning on Saturday, and they need to address these problem areas immediately, since they meet Mumbai Indians on Monday.

     

    One of the cardinal rules of T20 is to get the form players in early. Angelo Mathews looks in good touch as does Owais Shah, but the former came in with just three balls to spare. It was as though Kolkata kept threatening to cut loose and when they did decide to up the tempo, the game had got too far away from them. Nobody seized the opportunity to stand up for the team, and the hesitant approach cost

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  • 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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