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Old 10-May-2011
A ray of light in a long dark tunnel

A new dawn and I find myself performing the same old routines of packing my stuff to move to the next destination. But there is a hint of freshness in my demeanour and the credit goes to the first win that we recorded in the last eight matches.

I am injected with a sense of relief and emanating words of thankfulness and owing to the almighty and my team. Coming out of that horrible streak of defeats and failures, I find writing this article as a relatively easier job than it was in the last few occasions.

Not to mention the bitter taste of defeat that is still very much on our tongues. And if one can imagine the plight of describing it in words time and again, one may be able to understand why I am finding it easier this time.

We, as group, were trying hard to turn the things around and I am glad that at my home ground we managed to do it. The win against Kings XI Punjab at my hometown has given me a chance to think positively and think differently.

It's like seeing a ray of light while travelling in a long dark tunnel which refused to end. Though, I am well aware of the fact that we are still treading that tunnel and have not reached the end. It's just that after a long time we managed to get a result which showed the calibre and class of this side.

In the game against Kings XI Punjab, our aim was to play tight and error free cricket. We may not have been up-to the mark, but intensity and effort was much better on the field.

We didn't allow Kings XI to run away with the start and taking wickets at regular intervals was the key for us. Some of their batsmen got the start but couldn't take it far as we kept coming hard at them to break the partnerships. For us Rahul Sharma was the star of our bowling campaign again and with each passing match this boy is growing in stature.

Credit to bowlers

His economical spells with wickets helped us to control the middle overs better. He was equally supported by Bhuvenshwar Kumar, Wayne Parnell and Mitchell Marsh.

On this good batting wicket, 119 was not the kind of score we expected to chase, but all credit to our bowlers who made things easy for us.

As a batting unit, I expected to finish things with little more style and authority, but all is well that ends well. Despite few hurdles we reached the desired target to break our losing streak.

Now we are entering into the last few days of league stage, where plenty is at stake. All the teams are eyeing that final four spot. And every match changes or adds new dimension to the look of the table. As I have said before we are in no hurry to look too far ahead and will rather concentrate at taking small measured steps towards our destination. We just want to play hard, follow our basics and give our hundred per cent on the field. And what I've gathered till date is that these simple steps hold the key to success.

Our next halt is Hyderabad, where Deccan Chargers are waiting for us. They are also in similar state like us and would like to turn the tables.

Their bowling attack is really sharp and would pose a good challenge to us. Now it's our responsibility to use this win as an example and keep the momentum going.

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