Ryan Ten Doeschate April 18, 2012

A bit of song and dance, and much cake

April 11 Today is another tiring travel day
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April 11
Today is another tiring travel day. It is a lunch-time departure, so I use the morning to catch up on some gym work and spend some time relaxing by the pool. We only reach Kolkata at 8 pm and it's back to the pool for a recovery session. I have a full week’s worth of dirty laundry to contend with and then it's straight to bed.

April 12
Morgs [Eoin Morgan] and I have decided to venture out into town for dinner, albeit Italian as opposed to Bengali cuisine. It is amazing how aware the Kolkata public are with respect to the KKR players. We are asked for autographs and photos on numerous occasions and even get a mention from the band playing at the Park Hotel.

April 13
We host Rajasthan Royals this evening. It turns out to be a low-scoring affair and we get over the line with a few balls to spare. I have some Dutch friends over and they cannot contain their amazement at the fanatical support of the Kolkata faithful.

April 14
I was supposed to play golf today, but I received a last minute call to do an advert shoot. Was gutted at first but ended up having a great time making the advert. I was paired with Jacques [Kallis] and we had to make chit chat in one of the scenes, he had me in stitches.

The last scene was a Hindi singing and dancing sequence. I doubt you could find two worse candidates for this role. The director was very patient, but the crew could not hold back their laughter at our lack of rhythm.

I'm pretty knackered, but manage to watch the whole series of Stephen Fry in America. The iPad has become an essential gadget as a tool for relaxation and it was a great gesture for each player to receive one as a gift from the team last year.

April 15
Sport is not the be all and end all of life, but as far as cricket goes tonight’s defeat feels like being hit by a bus. We threw away an excellent chance to get a win at home against Kings XI. Even more frustrating for me was that I was in at the end and could not get us over the line. There were some stern words in the changing room afterwards since we felt as though we hadn't been smart at various stages, which ended up costing us the match.

As a player you spend the rest of the night replaying scenarios in your head. I'm particularly bad at switching off and I'm sure tonight's sleep will be filled with interruptions – reflections on where it all went wrong. I'm still backing the sun to come up in the morning.

April 16
The sun has come up and I was nearly awake to see it rise. The restless night behind me, it is time to start looking ahead. I'm always checking on the points table (even at this early stage) and there's not much in it at the moment.

It is another travelling day. I'm starting to feel that this is a transport competition with a bit of cricket as the side show. The planning and processes for the movement of teams is really remarkable.

We don't see our bags from one hotel room to the next, and airport procedures (check-in and security) are fast and efficient. The foreign players are still amazed how it all works. Only for cricket, and definitely only in India for cricket.

I'm watching the Arsenal match as I'm writing. My time playing county cricket has made me a keen follower of the English Premier League and I'm a big Gunners fan. It's a great way to unwind for two hours, although tonight's viewing is causing much stress. My mind is still replaying scenarios from Sunday evening as I try to sleep.

April 17
There is a heightened security status for our stay in Chandigarh and a trip to the nearby Nandos turns into a mini military operation. I have a good catch-up with Shakib and Binga [Brett Lee] over some chicken and a few drinks. Shakib has a great outlook on cricket and he is the perfect guy to have a laugh with today.

The team had a great training session under lights in Mohali tonight. The stadium and pitch look in fine condition and it's the perfect spot to get back on the proverbial horse. I'm quick to remind Jacques that this is the venue where I cleaned him up in the World Cup – caught down leg side.

It is also our analyst (and good friend) Shrikki's birthday today. The Indian boys love a cake ceremony and the management have planned to storm his room and cover him in cake and champagne just before midnight. It turns into an absolute circus and there are more than a few lads walking along the hotel corridor with cake in the hair and on their faces.

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  • kartik on April 19, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    tendo is very talented guy he is capable of bowling too.........kkr should use him

  • Rajesh on April 19, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Hi tedo. I like the setup of this KKR team. I believe KKR can go all the way to the final. Keep playing to your strengths and believe in your team mates.It's only a matter of time before Pathan and Mc Cullam find form so be patient with them and the others. I am from Trinidad so please tell Narine we wish him well from the Bamboo.

  • Rahul on April 18, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    Very nice writing. Would like to see more like these.

    And very sorry to hear that even in India, where we worship cricketers, that you have to be worried about your security in India and are not free to move around and see this wonderful country and its people. I guess after what terrorists did in Lahore and Bangalore, not even cricketers are safe.

  • Smit on April 18, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    I make sure before i hit the bed to come on cricinfo to see if you updated this blog. They are to short! Good luck KKR and Ryan. Make it to the playoffs.

  • Regan Rector on April 18, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    "We only reach Kolkata at 8 pm". Ryan do you have a ghost writer? South Asians from India often tend to use the word "only" before the verb.

    Good work on your blog, been following you since WC, and have to say you seem to be lacking the fire. We know you can do more. Good luck to you.

    RR

  • shamik on April 18, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    You are a GOONER!! that gives me one more reason to cheer for you. :-)Looking forward to see you play a good knock tendo ! Good luck !

  • Suresh on April 18, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    Awesome blog mate...great read. Best of luck in IPL 2012

  • viva on April 18, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    same here; after dada left, i occasionally follow kkr; now that shakib is still in, i can't leave kkr completely.....

  • gijs on April 18, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    hi Ryan,

    nice to read !! have lots of fun and enjoy your time there...........!

    Regards Gijs

  • Ranjan on April 18, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    IPL is like a big 2 month paid vacation for international players. They come here, enjoy here, party here and socialize here enjoy the crowd support while they are paid hundreds of US $. And yet we do find players whine here about IPL, it's negative impact on international cricket and unfortunately, India and Indian cricket. Get mature hypocrites.

  • kartik on April 19, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    tendo is very talented guy he is capable of bowling too.........kkr should use him

  • Rajesh on April 19, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Hi tedo. I like the setup of this KKR team. I believe KKR can go all the way to the final. Keep playing to your strengths and believe in your team mates.It's only a matter of time before Pathan and Mc Cullam find form so be patient with them and the others. I am from Trinidad so please tell Narine we wish him well from the Bamboo.

  • Rahul on April 18, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    Very nice writing. Would like to see more like these.

    And very sorry to hear that even in India, where we worship cricketers, that you have to be worried about your security in India and are not free to move around and see this wonderful country and its people. I guess after what terrorists did in Lahore and Bangalore, not even cricketers are safe.

  • Smit on April 18, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    I make sure before i hit the bed to come on cricinfo to see if you updated this blog. They are to short! Good luck KKR and Ryan. Make it to the playoffs.

  • Regan Rector on April 18, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    "We only reach Kolkata at 8 pm". Ryan do you have a ghost writer? South Asians from India often tend to use the word "only" before the verb.

    Good work on your blog, been following you since WC, and have to say you seem to be lacking the fire. We know you can do more. Good luck to you.

    RR

  • shamik on April 18, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    You are a GOONER!! that gives me one more reason to cheer for you. :-)Looking forward to see you play a good knock tendo ! Good luck !

  • Suresh on April 18, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    Awesome blog mate...great read. Best of luck in IPL 2012

  • viva on April 18, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    same here; after dada left, i occasionally follow kkr; now that shakib is still in, i can't leave kkr completely.....

  • gijs on April 18, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    hi Ryan,

    nice to read !! have lots of fun and enjoy your time there...........!

    Regards Gijs

  • Ranjan on April 18, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    IPL is like a big 2 month paid vacation for international players. They come here, enjoy here, party here and socialize here enjoy the crowd support while they are paid hundreds of US $. And yet we do find players whine here about IPL, it's negative impact on international cricket and unfortunately, India and Indian cricket. Get mature hypocrites.

  • Rumen on April 18, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    I am a supporter of KKR. After 4 seoson KKR should be realised that a good team is always better than a team of good players. If KKR realy want to be the champion then they need four overseas fighter rather than four overseas superstar. Gayle was once in KKR but cant click because of right combination. But now you can see how useful he can be for a team!!! So i always think Mr. TEN and Shakib should play at least 5/6 games in a row to establishe a right combination. Wish you all the best luck Mr. TEN.....

  • Md Zia on April 18, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    All the best Tendo for todays match and for the matches ahead in this tournament,i am sure u will prove ur worth....

  • Zsam on April 18, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    Tendo, I want you to do really well, however regarding that match: 12 runs off 13 deliveries required a singles off each delivery and a sneak double. Moreover the pressure due to constant singles would have meant close in fielders being put in, when you could have guided a boundary.

    Hope to see more measured displays from you. You are indeed under utilized and capable of much better performances.

  • Deb on April 18, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    Hi Tendo, This is a marathon the KKR are running. Just hang in there .....you should ideally be in the 4th position around game 8th .I bet KKR will explode in the last crunch games and beyond.All the best!

  • Arefin on April 18, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Your diary is being awesome, few words covering a lot about KKR's current status. U r talented enough, but not the best to apply on the field, try to concentrate more on ur batting (don't take it negatively). Admire the fielding positions and try to find gaps......BEST OF LUCK........

  • Anirban - Kolkata on April 18, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Don't know about the slow pitch at Eden Gardens but surely you are the one who should walk in at no.4 on flat tracks. Feel for SRK - he's spent so much yet the team looks like the Indian team of the 90s! See you at the Eden on the 28th as well as 5th and 12th of next month.

  • Nahin Talukder on April 18, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Best cricketing pair for KKR: Shakib and Tendo !! Best of luck to both of you.. for today's match against Kings XI

  • Ashraf on April 18, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    I am a biggest fan of sakib. Why in eight ball he made only 4. I could not understand why ? After that I thought I would see any match. But today again I wanted see him. I don't know if he is selected or not. KKR gave him good opportunity to prove. Thanks KKR. Thanks to cricinfo.com

  • cnu reddy on April 18, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Hi Tendo, Your one of my favorite cricketer and i love to see you all the time in field,but i was dissapointed when your not in inaugural big bash season.we hope you wil score and win matches for kkr.All the best.

  • Vasant Nair on April 18, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Hi Tendo,

    Just relax!

    You guys have found your groove since Game 3 - I see Game 6 as more of an aberration. I wish you were playing up the order at No. 4 or No.5 where you could control the game a lot better - I know this is not entirely in your hands though.

    Good luck with the game tonight!

    Vasant

  • Rinu on April 18, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    I love this.....i love the way you bat....and i also love the fact that you have a blog like this....cos i always wanted to know what it is like to be a cricketer. you know what they do...and how they feel after certain games or certain things :D

  • Sifat on April 18, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    As a fan of Bangladesh cricket it's been great to hear shakib from u. Don't worry last time in Asia cup we have lost by only 2 runs but we knew some times losing is great when you actually wins million hearts. So keep the spirit up. Be the knight be prosperous.

  • Chandra Bindu on April 18, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    I thoroughly enjoy the diary. You are the only non-test playing player, a clone of whom I want in the Bangladesh team at #4. Is there any chance that you and Shakib bat at your usual positions, at #4 and #5, respectively?

  • Santa on April 18, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    Hi Tendo, It's great reading yor side of the story. Could I suggest you learn sweeping spinners from the great sweeper Sangakkara (since Andy Flower is not here)? It works really well in India. Avoid straight balls. I know you can handle pacers well. Good luch n best!

  • william on April 18, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    Hi tendo.,

    I always admire you when u r on the field.... Looking forward to see you and Morgan play for KKR together. I m fan of both. All the best buddy and keep smiling.

    Rgds Willy

  • salman on April 18, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    Tendo......i just love your blog.....always waitin for ur ur blog....awesome writing...keeo it up man...can't wait to read the next part...

  • FranticRonin on April 18, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    You can have enough laughs, when the whole country is laughing at your and your team's poor performance. This is the time for you to pull up your socks and show the opponents for what you have been paid so handsomely for.

  • Mahfuz on April 18, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Tendo, I know you read the comments on your blog. Thats why im gonna ask you to do something. Go to Shakib's room and tell him "Shakib ami tumake biya korte chai". Souldnt be too hard for you to say that i guess. Trust me its not a slang. On your next blog plz let us know what he replied. Take care bro.

  • mar umpire on April 18, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Glad to hear from you Tendo-don't be too disheartened, it wasn't your fault, I think you should be coming up higher in the order anyhow

    Hope to see you and shakib in action for future matches

  • Adarsh on April 18, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Despite showing the door to our hero Dada i occasionally follow KKR cos it has players like you and shakib who are wonderful players playing for weaker side(Netherland,Bangladesh).....u people are real super stars of cricket.wishing u more success in your life

  • ALTAF SHARIFF on April 18, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    Tendo,am one of your fans and a big supporter of KKR.Pls do me proud this IPL.All the BEST guys.

  • Md. Manirozzaman on April 18, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    Tendo, don't worry, I think you will help sakib to get his confidence when you & sakib batted.

  • Osmund Saddler on April 18, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    I`ve been following you and the Netherlands team since 2003...When you see 21 runs being chased in an over you really feel that KKR just threw the match away to KXI who I think will finish at the bottom of the table and you had the opportunity to see them home but I guess it happens to the best of us...I dont know why they dont let you bowl too much...If Kohli can be allowed to be made a fool out of himself in bowling then you`d think that you being an allrounder should be shown more faith into...always enjoy seeing you and Shakib in the team together...keep on rocking man !

  • Rizwan on April 18, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Last defeat was hard. Real hard...Hope we make amends, and soon.Best of luck for the whole KKR Teams

  • john on April 18, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    hai.....Doeschate .me also a fan of you...really happy that you are getting chances in the first elven..keep play good cricket and be a part of indian cicket culture...all the wishes

  • Danish Mazhar on April 18, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    IPL is in full swing,many interesting matches already been played. But to me the diary of ryan ten doeschate is the best of the lot so far. The material is well written and provides good information on off the field activities of an IPL star.

  • Gaurav on April 18, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Ryan, I am eagerly waiting to see those big hits from your blade. And also surprised you're not bowling more in the games. Not to turn the proverbial knife in your wounds, but your performance in the Kings XI game was a shocker. I expected a lot more from you. I'm hoping it was your only off day for the IPL.

  • Niboo on April 18, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Tendo, .. I am big admirer of you ..... coming from the land where cricket is hardly known...... Keep up the good work and wish u see u lot for KKR but coming slightly up the order..... I bet if you keep yourself injury free we would see lot of you in near future..... 1 big inning is what you need to cement yourself in KKR and other teams......... Goodluck Mate..

  • chandue on April 18, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Just relax and send the ball over the fence.

  • FAN on April 18, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Just remember cricket is a team sport everone had a part to play in the loss. A good way to keep you mind clear try find someone in the crowd wearing something specific.

  • khaled hoq on April 18, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    what u think is wrong with shakib. why is he not performing with the bat?

  • Aakash Roy on April 18, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    Hi Tendo, best of luck for today's match against Kings XI. I believe you guys will take revenge of the last match.

  • rajiv bal on April 18, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    hi there!! im from tt and uve gotta large following pf us trinis here espeially a bunch of u.w.i students...of course good luck to my countryman NARINe!! uall hav a great side and all the best!

    p.s.--ima final yr dds student along wit my gf ..and shez watching me type this n is naggin me here to ask you ho douall stay sooo calm under pressure?? and wats the trick in forgettin /gettin out of ur head n gettin bak focussed quickly from the bad moments in ur career n well life in general....?

    thanks bro!

  • Sander on April 18, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Tendo - lots of support for KKR in the Netherlands, thanks to you playing there. Your stories give us a chance to experience the IPL up close. Keep it up, we are proud!

  • Taiyab Shamrat on April 18, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    Tendo, I am a fan of you. I think you have good understanding with Shakib & Pathan. But Pathan is not in form. I think he will be come back strongly. Shakib proved him. You trying your best but all is not form. Thats the reason and Kolkata lost last game. I pray for you and Shakib....

  • Ahbab on April 18, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    Boss I understand what happened in the dressing room after Kings xi match. Don't be dis-herded. You people tried your best but that was not your day so nothing was going fine. Just wait for another day when they will praise you. It happens when highlighted players falls down and try to find faults of others to shade their mistakes. But we are watching games and can judge who is doing what. Gambhir still have not played a winning innings but expert to find mistakes (!!??!!) of others. Go ahead bro.

  • Mostofa on April 18, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    Tendo, You have greatest chance to win the match against Kings XI, if you didn't miss two ball in 19Th over. But you and sakib doing well for KKR and KKR turn around in the tournament when you guys are come back in the playground.

  • Nadir on April 18, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    tendo, I love KKR among all the teams in IPL.Your efforts are great but today hope you guys will make difference and try to win ur level best.Hope you will click today with bat and ball.My prayers are will your team.

  • karan on April 18, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    Hi, Tendo! I am one of your biggest fan..but it's not to harm u plz.. but i want to ask u..that..plz...u play more matches for Netherlands..I am from India but i still follow all matches of u and Netherlands, they r a good team but lack of ur presence is surely harming them, and what u did for KKR in CLT20 was amazing.. Hope that you will get more chances in KKR. ALL THE BEST!

  • Anirudh on April 18, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    Love these diary posts! Please do continue to do them (maybe even encourage some of your teammates?) It's great for a fan to get a glimpse into the mind of cricketers!

  • syeds on April 18, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    tendo i'm your big fan and i hope u will win matches for kkr by batting or taking some outstanding catches

  • Muddu on April 18, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    Tendo, I am your biggest fan. After the match against Kings XI which KKR lost, I was bist upset. hope you get more change to win matches for KKR. All the best bro.

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  • Muddu on April 18, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    Tendo, I am your biggest fan. After the match against Kings XI which KKR lost, I was bist upset. hope you get more change to win matches for KKR. All the best bro.

  • syeds on April 18, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    tendo i'm your big fan and i hope u will win matches for kkr by batting or taking some outstanding catches

  • Anirudh on April 18, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    Love these diary posts! Please do continue to do them (maybe even encourage some of your teammates?) It's great for a fan to get a glimpse into the mind of cricketers!

  • karan on April 18, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    Hi, Tendo! I am one of your biggest fan..but it's not to harm u plz.. but i want to ask u..that..plz...u play more matches for Netherlands..I am from India but i still follow all matches of u and Netherlands, they r a good team but lack of ur presence is surely harming them, and what u did for KKR in CLT20 was amazing.. Hope that you will get more chances in KKR. ALL THE BEST!

  • Nadir on April 18, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    tendo, I love KKR among all the teams in IPL.Your efforts are great but today hope you guys will make difference and try to win ur level best.Hope you will click today with bat and ball.My prayers are will your team.

  • Mostofa on April 18, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    Tendo, You have greatest chance to win the match against Kings XI, if you didn't miss two ball in 19Th over. But you and sakib doing well for KKR and KKR turn around in the tournament when you guys are come back in the playground.

  • Ahbab on April 18, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    Boss I understand what happened in the dressing room after Kings xi match. Don't be dis-herded. You people tried your best but that was not your day so nothing was going fine. Just wait for another day when they will praise you. It happens when highlighted players falls down and try to find faults of others to shade their mistakes. But we are watching games and can judge who is doing what. Gambhir still have not played a winning innings but expert to find mistakes (!!??!!) of others. Go ahead bro.

  • Taiyab Shamrat on April 18, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    Tendo, I am a fan of you. I think you have good understanding with Shakib & Pathan. But Pathan is not in form. I think he will be come back strongly. Shakib proved him. You trying your best but all is not form. Thats the reason and Kolkata lost last game. I pray for you and Shakib....

  • Sander on April 18, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Tendo - lots of support for KKR in the Netherlands, thanks to you playing there. Your stories give us a chance to experience the IPL up close. Keep it up, we are proud!

  • rajiv bal on April 18, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    hi there!! im from tt and uve gotta large following pf us trinis here espeially a bunch of u.w.i students...of course good luck to my countryman NARINe!! uall hav a great side and all the best!

    p.s.--ima final yr dds student along wit my gf ..and shez watching me type this n is naggin me here to ask you ho douall stay sooo calm under pressure?? and wats the trick in forgettin /gettin out of ur head n gettin bak focussed quickly from the bad moments in ur career n well life in general....?

    thanks bro!