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CSK all-rounder reflects on his team’s last-ball loss against MI
By Hoshedar N. Gundevia
Mumbai 06 May 2012
Fans at the Wankhede Stadium witnessed some enthralling cricket on Sunday. As far as last-over finishes are concerned, the match between the Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings served up the hottest thriller of DLF IPL 2012 yet. The West Indies duo of Dwayne Smith and Dwayne Bravo shone bright during this game, but it was the former, who eventually outshined everyone.
While Bravo took two wickets in the 19th over to put the visitors on top, Smith ensured that the pendulum swung one final time in MI’s favour thanks to his big hits. CSK might have been stunned by Smith, but Bravo was not surprised at his international teammate’s exploits.
The energetic Trinidadian revealed his disappointment in a brief chat with iplt20.com after the deflating last-ball loss against MI.
After getting two wickets in the 19th over, did you feel it was game over for MI?
They had Dwayne Smith there, and he is one the cleanest hitters of the cricket ball. I still thought that they had a chance, and on any other day it could have gone the other way around. So it is unfortunate that, you know, we didn’t win the game. But I think it was a great effort by everyone. All the guys fought very well, and well done team Mumbai also for chasing down a big total.
It’s been an up and down season for CSK. What’s the reason for the inconsistency?
For the last three years, it’s been like that for CSK and it has never been the team that starts well or played a tournament consistently. But as a team, our aim is always to get the cup and that’s the most important thing. Hopefully, we get in the top four and take it from there.
What will it take for CSK to win their third title in a row?
Let us get in the top four first, then we will talk about the cup. This year, the tournament is a lot tougher and we are aware of that.
Sachin Tendulkar hasn’t really fired in this season and he played a good knock today. What are your thoughts on him?
He is one of the best players I have ever played against. Players like him score runs at will and especially in important games. We were hoping to get him out early, but at the same time we enjoy watching him bat. Even when I played for MI; it was a great experience for me.
You’ve taken a few blinders in your time. How good was Faf du Plessis’ catch of Tendulkar?
That was the catch, which changed the momentum of the game. He is one of the best fielders in the tournament, and I wasn’t surprised as he trains very hard on his fielding. It was a great catch to get the great player out. Players from the Caribbean are flourishing in this tournament. What’s the reason?
It’s good to see that the West Indian players are doing well in a big tournament like this. Hopefully, we can get some more West Indians to play in this tournament. We play our natural game and this is our style of playing. It’s good that we are doing well in this tournament, and hopefully, we can get some more next year.
KKR co-owner also cites Kolkata fans as the reason behind team’s success
By Akshay Manwani
Kolkata 06 May 2012
It was billed as the encounter between Shah Rukh Khan, co-owner of the Kolkata Knight Riders, and Sourav Ganguly, former captain of the team. And while the match between KKR and the Pune Warriors India lived up to the hype and hoopla that preceded it, SRK and Dada shared a laugh and a chat after the match. This indicated their mutual respect and admiration despite them representing different franchises in the IPL.
Shah Rukh Khan, who spoke to IPLT20.com following the keenly-contested match that went KKR’s way, even reiterated that Ganguly is a cricketing legend and that watching him play was an absolute delight. SRK also had some high praise for current KKR captain, Gautam Gambhir, and he expressed hope that his team would go the distance in IPL 2012.
Here’s more on what Shah Rukh had to say about Dada, Gautam and the Eden Gardens on what turned out to be one of the most memorable nights in IPL history.
What a match – capacity crowd, terrific atmosphere and superb finish. Your thoughts?
It was fantastic. 67,000-odd people. As Dada was also telling me, this is the greatest cricketing ground in the world and whenever it is in its full glory, which it is most of the time, it really makes us feel very proud that we can come to this city and play like this. For a team, which hadn’t been doing well, I think most of the time we do well now is because of the encouragement that people of Kolkata and Bengal have shown us. For someone who has known Dada fairly intimately, what do you make of his legacy as a cricketer?
He is wonderful. He is a cricketing great, a legend. We’ve grown up getting used to his fours and sixes and the way he plays on the offside. It’s wonderful to see him playing every time, and tonight was no different.
KKR made it past the league stage for the first time last year. This year, they are playing terrifically. Do you think they are primed to go the distance this time?
You can’t plan, but yes, we’d like to [laughs].
A word on Gautam Gambhir, who has been leading KKR by example.
I personally believe, and this is not to take anything away from the importance of other players and captains, but I think to come into a franchise, which is owned by a movie star, which causes people to look at it [the franchise] more astutely – for a team which has been so full of controversy for no choice of ours for the last four years – for him to come and be so full of grit and determination – to prove himself to be a Kolkata boy – in my eyes, he is genuinely the finest captain that I have seen. Yes, I have seen most of them from outside. I am a cricket follower. But leading from the front and the way he talks to the boys, I think he is the most awesome captain. Apart from that he is a gentleman; a really genuine gentleman. I very seldom get impressed by leaders, but I am very impressed by Gautam Gambhir.
We understand you are a bit under the weather today. How do you still find the energy to keep coming game after game and cheering this team on?
I’ll find out. I’ll be sick tomorrow [laughs]. I shouldn’t have been doing this. But I wanted to come because it was an important match. Which dialogue from all your films aptly summarises this KKR side?
I don’t know dialogue, but when I think of KKR, the one thing I tell them is that we should try the best and leave the rest. That is the main thing in life. And we have been going on for four-five years now and we have been gritty about the whole thing. So hopefully, the resilience will pay off.