There was no pressure on me: Bisla

KKR’s match-winner also thanks SRK for having confidence in him

By Hoshedar N. Gundevia
Chennai 28 May 2012
Largely unnoticed in the IPL this season, Kolkata Knight Riders’ wicketkeeper, Manvinder Bisla, chose the perfect occasion to stand up and be counted. The right-hander’s 89-run knock gave the Knights a new lease of life after skipper Gautam Gambhir’s early wicket. Bisla shocked the Chennai Super Kings’ bowlers with his grace and attacking intent, which eventually bore fruit in the form of the IPL 2012 title. An opportunity was all that he required, and the 27-year-old delivered with aplomb against the Super Kings.

Bisla’s masterful innings turned out to be the highlight of the final, but the right-hander refused to take all the credit. Instead, he emphasised the importance of Jacques Kallis’ contribution.

Excerpts from Bisla’s chat with

Where did that knock come from?

I was working hard in the nets but I was not getting a chance as Brendon [McCullum] was playing really well. Today, we had to change the team because of Lakshmipathy Balaji’s injury, and I am happy that I got a chance and I did it for the team.

With the required rate so high, did you feel any pressure while batting?

There was no pressure on me and I like hitting. But it got a little tense for us after Gautam got out as he has been scoring so many runs for us. I held my shape and with some help from Jacques [Kallis], I did it.

Reaching the target without Gautam Gambhir says a lot about the team.

The way Gautam has been hitting, looks very good from outside and he has been batting like a legend.

How did Kallis help you in your innings?

Jacques is a legend and it’s a treat to watch him. He does not mistime a single ball, and playing with him is very good.

Shah Rukh Khan has always praised you and you were the guy who made it happen today.

SRK had a lot of faith in me and he always pushed me and gave me confidence to do well. I am thankful to God that we did it today.
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