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The stars who tamed the Kings

Robin Uthappa has finally buried the ghosts of Johannesburg, that has been haunting him ever since the loss to the Deccan Chargers in the finals of IPL-2. The audacity and the confidence with which he carried off his innings was simply a treat to watch and testimony to the fact that this guy still has it in him to make a comeback into the reckoning for the national team. It was as if a hungry tiger was pouncing on its prey after itt's ego has been dented.

Kallis, who has often been criticized for his 'Test match' approach in the T20s proved it to everyone that Test cricket is the pinnacle of the game and if you are a proven performer at the Test level, then you would be good enough at any level. The serenity with which he batted not only soothed the 'sea of red' that had trooped into the stadium but also sent out a strong message to the opponents that they just can't relax against us at any stage of the game.

The confidence that Kumble exudes is extremely contagious and seems to have rubbed off on the entire team. Not many teams, after being battered in the first match and being tonked for over 200 would have given themselves the slimmest of chances, but the fighter in him didn't let him give up at any stage. Kohli being sent ahead of Morgan raised a few eyebrows but the maturity with which the young man played goes to show the kind of confidence the coach and the captain have placed in him.

Pandey, who has left everyone awestruck with his power hitting and more recently for the superman catch, has come into the season with the weight of the IT city on his shoulders. Touted as a future India star, he has been signing more autographs of late, more than any other cricketer perhaps, but the puny little batsman has shown that his immense power hitting and deft touches makes the RCB batting line up look as smooth as silk. His crisp drives and towering sixers have made people sit up and take notice of his performances and if he carries on this form, he may do himself a big favour by cementing a seat in the plane to the Carribean Islands come May for the ICC World T20.

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