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KKR batsman delighted to score championship-winning runs
By Hoshedar N. Gundevia
Chennai 28 May 2012
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 Bislaand Jacques Kallis, but it was a Kolkata lad, who eventually saw KKR home while batting under immense pressure. Manoj Tiwaryensured 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.
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.
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.