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Hoshedar N. Gundevia in Chennai 28 May 2012 - 03:50am IST

I knew we’d be champs this year: Yusuf

KKR all-rounder cites calmness as main reason behind success in IPL 2012 final

This wasn’t Yusuf Pathan’s season; 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.

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