Sourav Ganguly
India's most successful captain

Indian Premier League 2010

Kolkata wary of a Punjab backlash

Sourav Ganguly, the Kolkata Knight Riders captain, draws confidence from the win against Deccan Chargers, but is not taking the under-fire Kings XI Punjab lightly

Sourav Ganguly

April 4, 2010

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Sourav Ganguly cracks the ball through the off side, Kolkata Knight Riders v Deccan Chargers, IPL, Eden Gardens, April 1, 2010
Sourav Ganguly: "The two fours in the first over of our innings set the tone for the match" © Indian Premier League
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It's time to get over the euphoria of a win and focus ourselves for the next match. As a team we are eyeing a place in the semifinals and so need to focus very much on the next game. We have started well in the second leg of the tournament and need to keep the momentum going, if we are to reach our desired target. We have the necessary batting power at the top, but we need to fire consistently as a unit.

Kings XI Punjab are down and out. Currently, they have nothing to lose and will be mentally very free. They may not be having a future in this tournament but in order to redeem themselves, they might be hurting others cause. So we need to be on our toes.

The wicket at the Eden Gardens was a beauty on Thursday. Not like some others at few venues, where getting a chance to bat second was as good as getting on with the work, having signed the death warrant. That it was a good wicket for an exciting Twenty20 game was amply proved, by the fact that Deccan could stay on the hunt for a win till about the fifteenth over.

It was definitely a good toss to win and it was even better the way we started off. We were pumped up as a unit. It happens on certain days, one starts getting the signal from the mind, that nothing can go wrong on the day. The two fours in the first over of our innings set the tone for the match.

There will be days when there will be a flurry with the bat. But in this format of the game, even a quick 30 runs in about 20 odd balls is worth its weight in gold. As a team, we need to find this balance, of few batters going after the bowling and few pitching in to play the crucial anchor role.

Our bowlers have been our strength in this tournament and bowled their heart out against big-hitters like Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Symonds and Adam Gilchrist. These are guys who can take away a match from the opponent in a matter of few overs.

We are almost settled as a team and would like to hit the right momentum in the next few matches. Brendon McCullum has joined us, and now the team management has every weapon at its disposal. This is an important phase of the tournament. We have to strike the right balance straight away, become a well-oiled unit and get the right momentum to take us to our first desired target, a win at home on Sunday.

(Professional Management Group)

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Posted by SatyaKrishna on (April 5, 2010, 18:29 GMT)

Kolkata should try something like Agarkar or Saha for 1 down, which gives more depth in their batting

Posted by Rydham on (April 5, 2010, 5:11 GMT)

Now its time to fine tune each and every step for KKR. I think bowling is still up to the mark. Bond needs to do more. Murli is fine but Agarkar is pathatic. with so much experience in his kitty he should not give away more than 30 runs in his 4 overs quota. He can swing and york then why don't he bowl them from very first over ?? Fourth bowler has to be Dinda. He has pace and good rythym. He hsould be used and as a fifth bowler Ganguly himself bowl at least two or three bowlers (if required). There is no need to play McCullam as batting is absolutely fine with Hodge is still on the bench. Pujara can be replaced with Vignesh who can crack the balls hard

Posted by mpcobra on (April 5, 2010, 2:07 GMT)

KKR is definetly in frame for semi slot but as dada mentioned its race between 3 teams for semis is wrong.. mumbai and delhi are already in . Bangalore is almost certain.. so its race for remaining 4 teams bangalore/chennai/kkr/Rajasthan. for remaining 2 spots.. my money is on bangalore to make top 4 .. remaining 3 teams(chennai /kkr/rajasthan with 50% chance of going in semis) if they can't win 50 % of there remaining games they loose that final slot.. DC has almost 15% chance and punjab almost 5%. Dada is captaining exceptionally well and playing in good rythm. But that doesn't gaurantee them a slot. cos remaining teams are also in song like chennai and RR and they are equally equiped. What ever team peaks at this later half will win IPL as its proven last time. Delhi/mumbai looks most obvious choice to atleast go to final 4 guess who is going to stop whom and who is going to come to party .. on friendly note KKR wins against low ranked DC were gr8 but r they really good enough?

Posted by knowledge_eater on (April 4, 2010, 13:58 GMT)

I knew it .. KingXI will be the team which will pull back many good fan following teams, they are going to play hard ... they almost beat RCB if those catches were taken .. Watch out Here comes King XI .. Welcome back Yuvi, Sanga and Jaya. Don't worry KKR you got still few games to get back. Let's see.

Posted by   on (April 4, 2010, 8:04 GMT)

i think macculum shud wait a while 2 play his frst game.....frstly..u cant bench any of d international player and secondly he shud get time 2 see sum matches and watch d condition

Posted by BHARATLIFE on (April 4, 2010, 7:20 GMT)

Dada Greats innings on Thursday. BUT I AM POSITIVE THAT WAS NOT REALLY YOUR BEST. I AM SURE YOU WILL DO WELL AND MAY BE MUCH BETTER IN "AT LEAST" 3 of the REMAINING 6 FIXTURES. I know DADA HAS GOT BIGGER CRICKET BRAINS, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE VIGNESH, I DO NOT KNOW WHETHER THIS WAS A "DELIBERATE TACTIC " OR SOMETHING...... BUT IT IS BETTER WE TRY SOME LOCAL TALENT......I KNOW KKR can defend any thing over 165 with NO SWEAT..... I am sure it DADA even if he gives Gayle support( like a 20 ball 35 or some thing) and Gayle fires in 3 games THERE IS NO REASON WHY KKR WILL NOT MAKE IT INTO THE SEMI FINALS......AND PUT THE PIE RIGHT BACK IN THE FACE OF THE CRITICS...... I wish it happens , but the WISE HEAD OF DADA WHO KNOWS THESE THINGS ALL TO WELL!!!!! YES THEY NEED TO BE WARY OF KXIP But if they play like the way they played with Deccan .THEY SHOULD NOT BREAK MUCH SWEAT....GREAT ARTICLE DADA

Posted by manasvi_lingam on (April 4, 2010, 7:11 GMT)

Gayle, McCullum, Hussey and Bond would be my picks. Hussey+Gayle can be the 5th bowler.

Posted by kunsy on (April 4, 2010, 6:54 GMT)

Saurav you have to be the Kallis n Tendulkar for KKR...if KKR's batting clicks consistently we have the bowling power to defend any total...so be consistent n let KKR be true to its spirit...Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo!!!

Posted by SunsParadise on (April 4, 2010, 6:42 GMT)

It would be interesting to see which four overseas players play tomorrow for KKR's ...its going to be a difficult choice for Mr. Ganguly .. I would have been tempted to go with Brendon .. but for this match atleast I would like to keep the winning combination and see how things shape up .. Middle order is the KKR's concern hence I would like to keep Hussey and Mathews in the eleven .. I feel that the first 10 overs of kolkatta's batting is going to decide the game .. if Kolkatta loose 3 early wickets then we are in for an early finish as I do not expect much from their middle order as they have not fired yet ..

Posted by   on (April 4, 2010, 6:37 GMT)

Ganguly could try his hand at the middle order for the home matches since the Eden track is slow he could face the spinners more and let McCullum and Gayle blaze through the Power plays. Also any news about Vignesh? Such a promising young talent who can contribute in all departments but no one heard anything about him in this season. Hope he gets a look in. Go Knights! Go for the Kill!

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