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Hoshedar N. Gundevia in Chennai 28 May 2012 - 03:31am IST

Always wanted to be a hero: Tiwary

KKR batsman delighted to score championship-winning runs

Glory finally graced the purple and gold brigade’s fortunes. Newly-crowned IPL 2012 champions, the Kolkata Knight Riders, got their first taste of silverware thanks to a sublime team batting performance. The base was set by the likes of Manvinder Bisla and Jacques Kallis, but it was a Kolkata lad, who eventually saw KKR home while batting under immense pressure. Manoj Tiwary ensured that his team didn’t return home empty-handed after hitting the winning runs.

The 26-year-old Kolkata native revealed that he always wanted to be the Knights’ hero in a brief chat with iplt20.com, after their epic victory.

Excerpts:

How does it feel to finally be called an IPL champion?

It feels great because we’ve been struggling for the last four years to get into the knockout stage and win the trophy. This was needed very badly. I am so happy for Shah Rukh Khan because he has been the main pillar of support for us. Whether we have won or whether we have lost he has been a constant support for us. I just want to dedicate the last two boundaries to him because I feel for him. So, I tried to make a point by hitting a couple of boundaries.

What is it like for you to be a Kolkata boy and doing it for the Kolkata franchise?


I always wanted to be a hero for my side no matter which team I play for. God has blessed me tonight to hit those crucial boundaries. I am really thankful to God, to all my physios and my support staff, because I wasn’t feeling 100 percent before the match. But they made me feel so comfortable that I was able to compete in the match.

You stopped CSK from making a hat-trick of titles. You can now start out your own legacy with KKR?

That’s right. This tournament has been all about teamwork for us. All the credit goes to each and every guy in the team.

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