Coach Ray Jennings
Coach Ray Jennings

Thursday, September 23, 2010
Update from the Coach
So, we are in the semi-final and we go back to Durban. But a big thanks to all of you for the constant support. It was great to know that you were behind us despite the two successive losses.

But it was a tough match against the Lions and we were on the backfoot even before the game started. We had to withdraw Jacques Kallis from the squad on the advice of the Cricket South Africa medical team. This was a huge blow ahead of such a crucial match. We had to rework our strategy and come up with a back-up plan. I’m glad that it all worked out in the end.

This win not only gave us a semi-final berth, becoming the first IPL team to reach the last-four stage of the premier tournament but also a lot of positives.

We bowled pretty well after the initial onslaught from the Lions batsmen. Vinay Kumar gave us the breakthrough with his two wickets off two consecutive balls. Anil, who had an off day against Mumbai Indians came back very strongly. He is a true fighter and proved his class again. But the surprise in the bowling department was Virat Kohli. He bowled a superb spell to pull back the Lions.

I also have to mention the other youngster in the side, Manish Pandey. It’s not easy to fill the boots of a great like Jacques Kallis. But he rose to the occasion and gave us a very good platform for the chase alongwith Rahul Dravid. Two contrasting styles of batting but they make a good pair.

Two quick wickets in the form of Ross Taylor and Robin Uthappa was a bit unfortunate but we remained in the hunt largely due to Virat. The promotion to number 3 in the batting order was a reward for his performance in the previous match. He and Cameron White changed gears when required taking the team to a well-deserved win.

I was also happy that unlike the match against Mumbai, Virat took the team to the victory against Lions, receiving the man of the match award for his effort. What change in fortunes! It just proved that life can be kind as well despite the heartbreaks that it causes.EOM
Latest Comments:

Jenny Sir,
We want to see the play of KP in the tournament
So please make Replacement

Now The Squad is Superb But We Wan Him
Thats It

Posted by adkittu on 05/06  at  10:44 AM

ya…absolutely right.

Posted by MindCricketChallengers on 03/13  at  04:33 AM

Dayakar. Kp cannot be a replacement as he was not part of the original 20 man squad.

Posted by SivaAN on 09/23  at  08:50 PM

Jennins sir,what about replacement?
weeeeee waaaaaaant kkkkkkkkpppppppp….....

Posted by dayakar-reddy on 09/23  at  03:27 AM

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