• The Chennai Super Kings haven't started off on quite the right note as I would have liked, but Adam Gilchrist was just excellent on Sunday night. He started out aggressively like we all know he can do and it was his innings that put us on the back foot right away: actually it was the onslaught in the first four overs that set the tone for the match.

     

    It wasn't that we played badly, it was just 20-odd runs that was the difference between Deccan Chargers and us. A par score on wickets here in India is 170-180, and it was those extra runs they got that made it tough.

     

    On Tuesday, we meet the Kolkata Knight Riders who look an improved side and it should be a good encounter. They already have two wins under their belt, but we have to stay confident and not give in to any panic. We need to believe in ourselves and put pressure on KKR. We are a good side and it is Kolkata that will need to keep playing well and maintain the standard they have set this season. 

     

    Their bowling looks

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  • It's back to entertain, to be the talk around the cricketing world. In its third avatar, the IPL has not lost any of the aura that was first seen in India in 2008 and again in South Africa the following year.

     

    It was a whopping success the first time out and remained a whopping success even when it was conducted outside India, silencing the cynics who said it would not ring the right bells away from this country.

     

    All the same, it is great to have the IPL back in the country of its origin complete with its razzle dazzle, its glamour quotient and cricketainment value par excellence.

     

    Let's face facts. The IPL has caught the fancy of cricket lovers the world over. Its unique concept, the presence of the world's leading cricketers in the game's most popular format, the bonding together of cricket and Bollywood - the two most popular forms of entertainment in India – all packed together in one enthralling package is the stuff that dreams are made of.

     

    If Twenty20 struck a right

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  • England face a number of selection dilemmas ahead of the first Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong, and their decisions could prove very significant over the next 12 months.

     

    I think England have to play two spinners, which means that it could be a straight fight for the second spot in the batting line-up between Michael Carberry and Jonathan Trott.

     

    It is going to be very hard on Carberry if he does not get picked as he has been earmarked for an opening spot along with Alastair Cook, but there is no room for sentiment.

     

    With two spinners, it may mean that Jonathan Trott is pushed up to open the batting with Cook, and Matt Prior and that would be harsh on Carbs.

     

    I cannot see how Trott could be dropped after what he did at The Oval last summer, and it would be less upheaval for the side with Andrew Strauss to come back in after this series.

     

    The Warwickshire batsman scored a commanding century in the warm-up match, while Carberry's knocks of five and 35 were not sufficient to

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