Destiny's in our hands: Whatmore

The former Sri Lanka coach was uncharacteristically reticent on Friday evening when he met the media at the Chinnaswamy staium, perhaps wanting to let his team’s cricket do the talking instead.

The Knight Riders’ practice session had to be cancelled due to a heavy downpour. “I can’t control the weather, nobody can,” Whatmore began. “But at this stage of the tournament, missing a session here or there is not going to make that much of a difference. We would have liked to have had a train but not to be, that’s okay.

“This match is as important as any other match. I have heard a lot of people talk about not worrying about where they end up (in the points table). But for the first time, our destiny is in our own hands. That’s a great position to be in.”

The former Director (Operations) at the National Cricket Academy also took the opportunity to drop in at the academy and catch up with old pals. “I had a 45-minute stint with some of the boys at the NCA. It is good to be back, yeah,” he added.

Former Knight Chris Gayle has been in roaring form for the Challengers since his arrival towards the middle of last month. “Not just Chris Gayle, there’s a number of batsmen that we have to deal with throughout this series,” Whatmore pointed out. “Yes, Chris Gayle has done a terrific job for the Challengers, single-handedly put pressure on the opposition teams. Like every other team, we shall be trying very very hard tomorrow to get him out.”

There were no injury or illness worries, Whatmore noted, while welcoming the one-week break after their last game, against Chennai Supe Kings at the Eden Gardens last Saturday. “The break was welcome, we had four games pretty much back-to-back before that,” he conceded. “We are pretty much refreshed, looking forward to the game.”


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