The Kolkata Knight Riders are up against the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, on Wednesday, and their all-rounder Jacques Kallis writes in his column that a victory will help the KKR to break into the two on the IPL standings.
He writes: "We can still shape our destiny, and if we can beat the Mumbai Indians on their home turf, we should be back in the top two.
"Mumbai have a strong South African flavour with Herschelle Gibbs and Shaun Pollock. I can’t believe Polly and I started our international careers together, and now he’s an old-man coach! It’s taken a while for Hersch to regain fitness but, by all accounts, he’s looking as sharp as ever.
"And then there’s Sachin, older than all of us and still going strong. Although the intensity of T20 exceeds all other formats, the length of the game allows us ‘mature’ cricketers to recover more quickly from aches and pains that everyone experiences.
"It was two years ago that I said in this column that T20 would extend players’ careers rather than shorten them."