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Sunil Narinecame into IPL 2012 as a mystery. At the end of it, he remains so to most batsmen in the world. An enigma from the Caribbean, Narine was spotted in the 2011 CLT20 when he bamboozled many a batsman with his knuckle ball. The Kolkata Knight Riders bid high on him at the 2012 IPL Players’ Auction; and as it turned out, it was the wisest USD 700,000 spent this year by any IPL team.
The off-spinner from Trinidad & Tobago weaved his magic in IPL 2012 with 24 wickets – one less than Purple Cap winner, Morne Morkel. With an economy rate of 5.47, Narine now tops the list of the stingiest bowlers in the five-year-old tournament.
Although he failed to pick a wicket in the final and win the Purple Cap, Narine cherished making a vital contribution to the Knight Riders maiden title win. The soft-spoken offie spoke to iplt20.com after KKR’s victory in the final against the Chennai Super Kings.
Is it a dream tournament for you?
Yeah, it is a dream tournament, and the way the guys performed today was magnificent.
Are you happy with your efforts?
I am happy with my effort, and all the 16-17 players have given a huge effort.
What was the talk in the dressing room ahead of this final?
Guys were keen for it and up for it. So, I think it was a great team effort in doing that.
How is Gautam Gambhir as a captain?
He does not put any pressure on the players. He let the guys do what they are accustomed to. If a batsman is attacking by nature, he can hit the ball, no matter what the situation is. He is a good captain and all he asks for is go there and give your best.
What was going in your mind when there were 190 runs to chase?
It was a bit challenging, but we had the batsmen in the hunt to do that; and they did it.
Brett Lee calls India his second home. And now, he has found a home within that home in the City of Joy. The fast bowler from New South Wales proudly calls himself a Kolkata Knight Rider. In his second year with the team, Lee has helped KKR win the IPL for the people of Kolkata who have stood by their Knights in glory and defeat.
After KKR’s stunning five-wicket win over the defending champions, Chennai Super Kings, in the final, Lee spoke exclusively to iplt20.com about what this victory means to KKR fans and how every single member of the squad has contributed towards it.
Finally, the trophy is in KKR’s hands.
It has come to Kolkata. What a great team performance throughout the whole season! It’s not [just] the 11 guys who were playing tonight that deserve the credit. It’s all the squad members; the support staff and every single person did their bit. We have a wonderful coach, and what a fantastic win it was! How confident was the team of chasing down the mammoth 191?
We knew if [we] just hold onto our nerve, there would be a chance to chase it down. It was an amazing effort; wonderful partnership from Jacques Kallis and Manvinder Bisla. It just feels very sweet. What was the moment of the tournament?
The flick from Manoj Tiwary to win the game was the moment of the tournament.
A word on Gautam Gambhir’s captaincy.
He set the whole tournament up for us. He missed out today, but that is how the game goes. Throughout the tournament, his skill, his determination and his captaincy was brilliant. He has had a wonderful tournament with the bat and equally well with captaincy.