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I have a very talented side

Clearly, it was a forgettable home game for us in Mohali on Saturday, when we lost to Kolkata Knight Riders. Besides the loss, it was also disappointing for me because I now have to sit out of Tuesday's game due to a one-game ban for a slow over rate.

 

Many sides have been struggling with bowling their overs on time, but we all know the rules and have to accept responsibility for any delays. I have full faith that Mahela Jayawardene will stand in efficiently. He is a very experienced leader and one of the best captains I have come across. I am sure there will be no problems on that score, so that's a small consolation.

 

We have just not been able to get all departments of the game in order, and this has cost us on more than one occasion. A lot of people are placing the entire blame on Yuvraj Singh's shoulders, but I don't think that is very fair. He cannot be expected to single-handedly take us over the line every time, and the whole team has to play as a unit if we are to turn the tide.

 

We need to win at least six of the remaining eight games to make the semifinals, and while it is a tough ask, we know that we have a talented side. We just need to take it one game at a time, and not try too hard or put pressure on ourselves.

 

Mumbai are the form side in this year's tournament. The whole team seems inspired by Sachin Tendulkar's  prolific run, and I must admit that he seems to be in really ominous touch. The bowling has been firing with Lasith Malinga really strangling the opposition at the death. This might be worrying as far as tomorrow's game is concerned, but hopefully he will keep this form going till the T20 World Cup.

 

Looking at the current points table, it is clear that we are not favourites going into this game. However, the charm of the IPL is that all teams are equal at the start of a game and every team is capable of winning on its day. I have a very talented side, and I am confident that if we play according to potential, we will be able to surprise the hosts tomorrow. (Gameplan)

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