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KKR co-owner lauds skipper Gambhir’s ability to get the best out of his players
By Hoshedar N. Gundevia
Chennai 28 May 2012
After four years of disappointments, Kolkata Knight Riders’ co-owner Shah Rukh Khan finally tasted the sweet taste of victory. His team clinched the title against the Chennai Super Kings under thrilling circumstances and ensured that the franchise’s trophy cabinet got a noteworthy centrepiece. The Bollywood icon was at his motivating best in the stands; and once Manoj Tiwaryhit the winning runs, there was delirium in the KKR camp. The joy of winning the IPL is unparalleled and King Khan experienced the feeling that he’d been craving for a while.
During a brief chat after the match, SRK revealed to iplt20.com that he considers Gautam Gambhir the best captain in the world.
How does it feel to be the owner of the IPL champions?
I don’t feel like the owner. We were the promoters who started this team and I always wanted our city, Kolkata, to feel that they are the owners and we are the employees of the city. I am really sorry to say that Juhi [Chawla], Jay [Mehta], Gauri [Khan] and I end up being the owners of KKR. From tonight, KKR is owned by Kolkata. So, please look after it and give it a lot of love because we have nurtured it with a lot of care and happiness. What were you going through in the end stages?
I prayed to Allah and all the farishteys of Allah. I said, “Please make this happen as it’s been a long time.” I understand that it’s a sport, but I need to do this for my children and all the people who love me and for all of them who believed in KKR. We have had some good times, some bad times and controversies; we have been able to rise above all that. We had to prove it to the world and to us actually and to our children mainly, my son Aryan, my daughter Suhana, Jhanvi and Arjun. If you are resilient and if you believe and if you have a dream, it will come true. Your faith in youngsters has finally borne fruit through Manvinder Bisla
The team is completely run by Gautam and Trevor [Bayliss]. These guys know cricket, and we guys come and pray and give them a lot of love. I don’t know much about cricket, so we just go by the decisions they make. We have never participated in the cricket part of it, be it in a positive or a negative way. Gautam runs the cricket and we just hope that the youngsters do well. Is Gautam Gabmhir the perfect captain for KKR?
I am not questioning any of the captains in the IPL, I love [MS] Dhoni, Harbhajan [Singh] and Sachin [Tendulkar], and they all are friends and they love me. But as I have seen Gautam so up close and I have been in a profession which requires quick decisions and toughness, I really do believe that Gautam is the finest captain I have seen in recent times.
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 iplt20.com:
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.