• The Royal Challengers Bangalore have not played together for a while, but I don't think that will make much of a difference here at the Champions League. This is a new tournament, and we will not be thinking about our loss to champions Deccan Chargers earlier in the year: rather we will be going into it with a clean slate.


    There are a lot of good quality players and that should make for some keen contests, the first, for us, against South African champions Cape Cobras. I don't think it will be much to Bangalore's advantage that I was a former Cobra player - I play for the Warriors now. I don't think 'inside info' will be of much help for any team. We all have our strengths and weaknesses and what we do out on the field, our assessment of the team on the day and the game plan we go in with is what is important.


    The Cobras are a tough side to open our campaign against, with top players like Herschelle Gibbs, JP Duminy, Charl Langeveldt and Claude Henderson: the last two were key for

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  • I remember we were in the bus after beating Delhi Daredevils in the semi-finals, when it suddenly dawned on us that we had qualified for the Champions League, irrespective of the result in the finals.


    There was a great deal of excitement when the penny dropped since it meant that we would be competing together once again, against the best Twenty20 sides in the world. As it turned out, we went on to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final, which was extremely satisfying for us.


    A lot is being made of the fact that the Indian teams are together for only six weeks of the year while the other teams in the fray play together year in and year out. I don't subscribe to this theory since most teams are showcasing international players who rarely get time off from international duty to play for their domestic sides.


    Moreover, the Deccan Chargers are a really well-knit side that enjoys playing together, and our success earlier this year has only added to that sense of enjoyment.


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  • The Champions League is an outstanding concept that helps showcase domestic talent on the world stage. The opportunity is really very exciting for teams like the New South Wales Blues and the excitement within the group was palpable as we left Sydney Airport, for India. Not surprisingly, the younger players are thrilled to get a chance to play India before big crowds.


    The Blues are a very competitive outfit, and we do have a number of international players who have played in these conditions before. That said, we are a little thin on Twenty20 experience, and if one scans the statistics of our players it's clear that most of the team has seen too much of this format. However, we have a very balanced squad and I am confident that we will give a very good fight to the others.


    Looking at the group we are placed in, we play the Diamond Eagles and the Sussex Sharks at the start. It is an advantage for us that we are not playing against one of the Indian sides straight up, and that

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