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Nothing can bring out emotions the way sport does. It brings out the child in a mature, wise man and causes even the toughest of eyes to shed tears. And once you attach yourself to a sport, it doesn’t matter at which level you’re competing, every single game is played to be won. The grand finale of IPL 2012 presented a classic example of the passion that sport accompanies.
After the Kolkata Knight Ridersromped through to their first IPL title triumph, iplt20.com caught up with their bowling mentor, Wasim Akram. The Sultan of Swing, Akram is widely regarded as the most complete fast bowler of his time. With over 900 international wickets and a World Cup triumph under his belt, there are not many achievements that the legend from Pakistan has missed out on in his cricketing career. Yet, after his KKR “boys” emerged victorious in a nail-biting final, Akram was a bundle of joy.
Ecstatic with the win, Akram likened being a part of the new IPL champions to winning the World Cup for Pakistan in 1992. Here are the snippets from his interview: How does it feel to end the five-year-long wait?
It was incredible. Credit goes to the captain and his team on the way they have fought throughout the tournament. My voice is gone and I am feeling the same when I did after winning the World Cup for Pakistan. It was worth the wait.
What’s the main difference between KKR of the past and the current team?
The leadership, the contribution from senior and the foreign players was the key. We’re a family, not a team. We supported each other through thick and thin, and that helped.
What do you have to say about your bunch of boys – the bowlers?
My bowlers are the best in the world and we can beat any team with this bowling attack. The variety and the wicket-taking ability are incredible. It’s good to be a part of this team.
A word on Sunil Narine.
He has been a revelation. Nobody could read him in this tournament and I don’t think anybody will do it in the next two years. It’s good for KKR.
Is this victory sweeter after all that the team has gone through?
It’s very sweet. It’s incredible especially for SRK [Shah Rukh Khan], Juhi [Chawla] and Jay [Mehta]; they’ve been waiting for it since a long time. Look at SRK, he is like a little kid, and so am I!
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.