just for the convenience , here is the report from Joy Bhattacharya
Strong performance in Chennai
The Chepauk has special memories – this was the venue where the new unit of KKR played for the first time in 2011 and lost a really tight game by just two runs. So, it was especially sweet to go back there and win a close one.
It wasn’t the hottest of days- but the humidity was extremely high – and even the reserves would have lost 2 to 3 kilos of fluids running towels, drinks and instruction to the boys on the field. The hallmark of a team in sync is how well the players outside support the team in the middle. Shakib – one of the brightest stars in world cricket – would have probably never sat out a match in his life. But his attitude and team spirit is amazing. To see him arm in arm with Sunil Narine, giving him tips on sub-continental pitches makes me realize why cricket is such a special game – and why Shakib will one day be remembered as one of the greats of the game.
Everybody is completely exhausted but in fabulous spirits on the way back - and there is the usual good natured grumbling on the room numbers allotted as we drive to the hotel from Kolkata airport. Some want to stay on the same floor as friends – others are superstitious about the number – and another group just want to cause mayhem. I watch the fun and let the harried hotel staff handle it.
Vijay and a group comprising Rajat, Bisla, Das and Sangwan had a great excursion this morning to Dakhineshwar temple. Some of the international cricketers – Kallis, Tendo and Morgan will be teeing off this afternoon – while a few will be at work shooting a commercial. For once, most have a day off – and given the schedule – they really deserve the break