Indian Premier League 2010 April 9, 2010

Two crucial games away from home

We have put ourselves in a situation whereby we will be in the running till the very end and need to push ourselves hard at this juncture

An absorbing game against Delhi Daredevils resulted in an important win for us. The tournament is still due for some ups and downs and, given such a situation, our win against Delhi will hold us in good stead. We play the next two games away from home, the two most crucial games, and positive results will have a huge bearing in determining our fate in the tournament. We have put ourselves in a situation whereby we will be in the running till the very end and need to push ourselves hard at this juncture.

News about my injury is doing the rounds everywhere but I am in the process of getting myself ready. Who would like to miss out on a game at this make-or-break stage of the tournament!

The last time we played in Bengaluru against the Royal Challengers Bangalore was in 2008, when we won the opening game of the first IPL. We would like to repeat that feat. I am sure Brendon McCullum's destructive innings in that match will have a bearing on Bangalore's mindset, at the same time providing the batsman the necessary impetus to fire.

Bangalore will be taking guard after a defeat in their last match and should be a bit circumspect. We need to provide consistency now and one more good show will send a strong message to our opponents in the next few games.

Our starts with the bat are providing momentum and Chris Gayle and I look to continue in the same fashion. This will also be the opportune moment for Brendon to come good. If the lower order provides us that extra push, we should put it across any team.

Our bowlers performed in the last match against Delhi and young Ashok Dinda was the pick of all of them. It was very difficult to leave out Shane Bond but that was the need of the hour. In the absence of three senior guys like Bond, Ishant and Murali Kartik, the young brigade of Dinda, Iqbal Abdulla and Ajantha Mendis held their nerve and pulled it off. Delhi's batting strength is enviable and we could only relax a bit after Viru [Sehwag] made his exit.

The wicket at the Chinnaswamy is always known to play true and is generally a good track to bat on. I watched the match between Bangalore and Deccan, where both the bowlers and batsmen took something from it. The square shouldn't be too different for our game.

(Professional Management Group)

Sourav Ganguly led India in 49 Tests between 2000 and 2005, winning 21

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  • Rydham on April 12, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    Batting is the only key thing for KKR till now. Bowling is perhaps the weakest among all the teams. But you can not change the players once you bought them !! I can not understand the problem of Ishant Sharma - Either he is not ready to improve or he can not improve at all. Agarkar is I think the most stupid bowler I have ever seen ... Even if having skill of yorker and good line length, he is not up to the mark. He is like senior Ishant Sharma but has bit of luck so getting wickets.

    If KKR want to enter in Semis then on batting strength only they can ... Gayle and Ganguly are perfect for opener's role. McCullam should be given responsibility as a finisher just like Robin Uthappa of RCB. I am not sure about the role of Tiwaris, Pujaras and others but wicket keeper Saha can be used as a pinch hitter at batting position 3. He has a strike rate of 140+ ... Matters a lot !!

  • Ram on April 11, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    its a very crucial time for KKR,lost against RCB have decreased their chance for qualifying forward yet kkr some great chances to prove themselves,David hussey can be given opportunity,bowling department is frustating,in opening issue gayle and dada going in right way.we cant say anything in t20 format.............

  • probal on April 11, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    Team selection & decision on batting order have been "rubbish" ! Admittedly u are getting runs in the opener's slot but what has been yr strike rate? KKR is not getting blistering starts where u can dominate proceedings. Moreover what are you doing playing these rookies one after the other with miserable results while seasoned campaigners are warming the bench? ( Mandeep, Harmeet , Parmar and to top it all UNADKHAT - possibly Wasim Akram's urge to show how great his eye is in picking up talent after he has not been able to contribute anything to the team's cause - look at Ishant Sharma & his miseries!). Not playing Laxmi for most of the matches is baffling. And then not trying Vignesh for a even a match ! Please try this team combination against Chennai 1.Gayle 2.McCulum (WK)3. Vignesh (if early wicket falls or else as finisher) 4.Ganguly 5. Hussey 6.Tiwari 7 L R Shukla 8.Agarkar 9.Kartik 10. Lengeldvt 11.Dinda. Knowing you I doubt you will listen but no harm trying.

  • Alex on April 10, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    Ok i decide to help you only if you listen.

    Gayle - 3 over Vignesh - sacrifice go berserk.. 20 run of 10 ball is very good. - 2 over Ganguly - stablize - 2 over Mccullum /keeper - this game he has to jackup with more hitters Tiwari Hussey - 1 over Indian Power hitter - no pujara no roha no saha - KEY SPOT! Agarkar - 4 Murali karthik - 4 / abdullah Bond - 4 Dinda - 4

    Goodluck...i may change these players based on whether they will have good day or not on that day. how i find that out is secret... i will post my prediction if you post early also put down winning KKR team. Vignesh must play.

  • Alex on April 10, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    yo ganguly , you are not listening man. That is the problem. There is a secret formula. Play VIGNESH. He would have made you scored 190. Now i am not sure KKR will get to semifinals. But i can predict who will win KKR vs SK in advance.

    I predicted correctly today's games.

    KKR indian batsman sucks. Mathews for me over confident of his abilities. He is a decent ODI bowler and batsman. Not t20.

    KKR has same problem as DD. Lower middle order indian batsman sucks. I already told you million times TIWARRY sucks under pressure.

    You never listen. Anyway goodluck. I would have made KKR win the IPL if you would have listened.

    It is all about chemistry and plugging holes. Players can play freely if there is backup behind them. At present DD , KKR and CSK are top heavy team.

    MI can be knocked out of top position also because all mumbai wins came from home. when they travel things start to get unravel.

    KKR can beat CSK. Play vignesh.

    Gayle Vignesh open. Let them attack first ball.

  • Aditya on April 10, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    Dada, I am from Delhi but I am a big fan of yours. This Delhi defeat, is still a win for me because its a win for you. I would love to see you bat another good innings and hit 3 sixes off the bowling of Anil Kumble. You will be starting the match in 1 hour from now, so you will not be able to read what I have to write. Don't play Shane Bond, all fast bowlers have been expensive in this tournament(Lee, Tait, Sreesanth, Albie Morkel, Bond). Play Mendis. And be careful of Robin Uthappa, I have a feeling that he is due for another explosive innings.

  • shashreek on April 10, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    The opening pair of Gayle and Ganguly has been destructive enough and hence should not be meddled with at this stage of the tournament. If we want consistency we must work towards being consistent and not try to be to cute by changing the batting order. Brendon must come one down and we have to try and give Tiwary and Mathews as much batting as possible. Hence the perfect order would be Gayle Ganguly Brendon Tiwary and Mathews

    The bowling has been really impressive and hopefully Kartik will be back for this game, however on the Bangalore track it would make a lot more sense to play Bond instead of Mendis. Also I think having Saha and Mcullum in the team is a bit of a waste and we could play an extra bowler in the form of Ishant while Brendon could keep.

  • Dummy4 on April 10, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    All the best Sourav.. whatever be the funda pls make sure that we win this game and the next game.

  • Gopala on April 10, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    McCullum has to open with Gayle!

  • Omar on April 10, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    Dada, I am an avid cricket lover and a fan of Kolkata knight riders. I believe KKR can be at their devastating best if Gayle bats the destructive way he does,than being circumspect initially. You should look to bat through the way Kallis does for RCB. Manoj Tiwary, Pujara should look to knock it around occasionally hit boundaries. Brendon McCullum should be the finisher in your team batting at 5 or 6 not lower. The bowling should be disciplined like they were againt Delhi.Murali has been excellent. You guys are not playing real exciting cricket but if you follow my tips you guys ill rock and peak at the best time...All the best to you and your team Dada...keep winning

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