T&T are on a roll

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We have put the loss against the Delhi Daredevils down to just one of those things, especially with regard to the wicket and it certainly has not stopped our momentum. Anything can happen on that sort of a wicket. All the matches that have been played there have been low-scoring ones, so it was lucky for us that the Cape Cobras had already qualified for the semi-finals.


We are back in Hyderabad and are and happy to play on a wicket which is more suited to us, more like the type we get in South Africa. So we will go into the Champions League semi-final against Trinidad and Tobago tomorrow with our confidence high.


Yes, Trinidad and Tobago are on a roll and are playing some good cricket, and you have to give them credit for that. They deserve to be in the last-four. We, on the other hand, have scored our highest runs in the tournament here and for us it is not about whom we play against but more the occasion. 


Darren Ganga is a very astute captain and he has been using his experience to lead them well. Their showing in this tournament can only be good for West Indian cricket. I am a great supporter of the West Indies and it's nice to see unity amongst the players. Hopefully this will permeate into the national set-up.


Keiron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Lendl Simmons are the danger men and Trinidad and Tobago will obviously look to them to show the way. However, as I have said before, we are not very concerned about who we are playing. We will not be focusing on a particular person, because in Twenty20 anyone can fire on a given day. We will be concentrating on eleven players instead of one or two individuals. That is the way we prepare against any team. 


It's true Trinidad and Tobago have gelled as a unit but our team is just as strong on that count. Our international players may not play all the time but have been available for semi-final and final matches. In fact, here in this tournament all the seniors, apart from me, have lead from the front.


I am disappointed with my performance but not too down and out about it. I've got another chance tomorrow, and the nice thing about it all is that people will forget a few bad outings if I can go out and make up for it by playing my part.
JP Duminy, Andrew Puttick and Rory Kliendvelt have been doing good and I hope they keep doing what they have been doing, and we may even have Charl Langevledt back.  Rory can be extremely dangerous and can hit as well as anyone in the world can.


Also, the guys in the lower order are itching to get out there and show what they are made of. We hope we get to bat first as that always puts pressure on the opposition: my experience of big-match situations is to get runs on the board and hopefully the occasion can get to the other side. 


Whatever happens - whether we make the final or not, whether we go all the way or not - this tournament has been a wonderful opportunity for everyone and the boys have really enjoyed themselves. It has been a huge opportunity to play on the big stage and against some of the biggest teams and names in the world. This can only do the youngsters a world of good for their future. So, at the end of the day, every one is a winner. (Gameplan)