• 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.


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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.


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  • The Mumbai Indians have made a solid start, achieving our first objective of getting some early momentum but every match is going to be crucial in this year's closely-fought tournament. So, while it is satisfying to be early tournament leaders, we know that we have to stay completely focused on every single game.


    Saturday's game against Bangalore Royal Challengers is going to be particularly challenging. They've got one of the best batsmen of the tournament in Jaques Kallis at the top of the order as well as some other powerful strikers in the middle of the innings. They also have got some pretty handy bowlers and a balanced attack.


    However, we are also fortunate to have a really well-balanced bowling unit. Sachin Tendulkar always has lots of options available and that is a real bonus for us. What's more, we have some genuine wicket-takers with the likes of Harbhajan Singh and Lasith Malinga, which is crucial in this format of the game.


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