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KKR all-rounder cites calmness as main reason behind success in IPL 2012 final
By Hoshedar N. Gundevia
Chennai 28 May 2012
This wasn’t Yusuf Pathan’sseason; he failed with the bat and was unconvincing with the ball. But despite his failures the 29-year-old finds himself holding the coveted IPL trophy. A champion performer no doubt, Pathan struggled to find his touch, only shining in patches.
No longer a one-man team, the Kolkata Knight Riders fought their way back from a perilous position in the final. Yusuf failed to fire once again, but the Knights battled hard for the victory. Despite chasing a mammoth 191 for the win, Yusuf maintains that KKR were never really daunted by the target. Citing calmness as the key to the final victory, Yusuf revealed that he knew from the very beginning that KKR were destined for glory this season. Excerpts from the brief chat with Yusuf Pathan:
How does it feel to be called an IPL Champion?
It feels very good. Last year also we played some good cricket, and this year as well. It feels good that we ended it well. Was the team feeling the pressure at the beginning of the chase?
From the day one our dressing room has been very calm. We preferred to take our decisions on the right time, and today also our dressing room was very calm. We weren’t thinking that we are chasing such a huge total; we just wanted to play good cricket and the wicket was very good for batting. I think they were short by 20 runs, and we played really good cricket. How would you describe Manvinder Bisla’s innings?
He has played some good cricket, and last year in the Champions League also he had done well. It’s just that he has not been a permanent member in the XI because we have [Brendon] McCullum and [Brad] Haddin, who is not playing this season. It gets very difficult to pick one for the support staff, but we support each other a lot and that is why we get the results.
Did you imagine being an IPL champion for KKR in your second season with the team?
We have a very good team and last year also I was thinking that we are going to be the champions, but unfortunately, we couldn’t reach there. This year, I was confident that we are going to be the champions and I had told this to Gautam [Gambhir] some three months in advance.
Jacques Kallis, the greatest all-rounder in the world today, has seen many moments of glory during his still sparkling 17-year-long international career. When he can’t stop gushing over a victory, it means it is something special to him. The man with over 23,000 runs and 500 wickets in international cricket was basking in the glory of the Kolkata Knight Riders’ IPL final win over the Chennai Super Kings.
Kallis, who has been KKR’s strongest pillar in both bowling and batting, spoke to iplt20.com after the final in Chennai. He explained how the 2011 season set the base on which the team thrived in IPL 2012. He also spoke about the change in his own role in the team as compared to last season.
The wait finally ends.
It’s a fantastic feeling and well-deserved. I think the whole season, we have played some really good cricket. Everybody has put up their hands to win us games. Different guys have put their hands up at different times and that is what you need in a big tournament like this. Today, the way [Manvinder] Bisla played was unbelievable. How was the pressure ahead of the big finale?
On final day, anything can happen. We just need to hang in there and stick to our basics. You need to absorb a little bit of pressure and try and exert it on the opposition, which I thought, we did really well. Chasing down 190 was not an easy task, but we never panicked. We just kept playing and kept believing in our plan and that’s what worked in the end.
What was the talk in the dressing room after conceding 190?
They had already scored above par, but we knew that if we get partnerships going, somebody to bat through and guys play aggressively around him, we could really chase it down. We didn’t lose wickets and it was a perfect chase for us.
Your thoughts on Sunil Narine.
What a fantastic talent he is! He was brilliant for us by taking wickets and keeping the runs down. He has had an unbelievable season. The way batsmen have played on some tough wickets, especially at home, they stuck in there and we have won some crucial games. It’s been a good fighting effort all season. What was the main difference within the team in this season and the last one?
I think we got a nice base last season. Last year the guys started believing and we played some good cricket, but unfortunately, we fell short. This season guys really pulled it through, and again, it was just a combination of the guys putting their hands up at different times and fighting all the way.
Your role in the team has been a bit different this time around.
I played a different role this season; I batted a little lower in the order, which means I was not going to get as many runs. I am happy the way I have contributed with the bat and even more pleased with the way I contributed with the ball. I am very proud of what I have achieved and even prouder of what KKR has achieved.