KKR middle-order batsman looks forward to challenges
By Anand Subramaniam
Ranchi 12 May 2013
On Sunday afternoon, all roads in Ranchi led to the JSCA stadium. Flags, headbands, coloured wigs, painted faces of the two sides (KKR and RCB) and whistles, were being sold on the streets as the City looked forward to hosting its first ever IPL game with a lot of anticipation. The stage was set for a crucial clash between two power houses, especially after a lot of on-field banter in their previous meeting.
RCB, after having put in to bat, could manage just 115 in 20 overs and KKR in their reply had a dodgy start. Manvinder Bisla was out as early as in the second ball of the chase. Captain Gautam Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan had gone back to the pavilion after cameos. When Manoj Tiwarycame in to bat in the eleventh over of the match, KKR needed another 55 runs withJacques Kallis holding fort at one end. Kallis needed a partner who could take the side through, and in Tiwary he found the perfect one. Kallis and Tiwary stitched together a crucial 35-run partnership to take the team closer to victory.
Tiwary might have ended up with a score of just 24 against his name, but it was a crucial knock, given the circumstances. Not surprisingly, Tiwary was a happy man as he spoke about his knock and the side’s five-wicket win to IPLT20.com.
After an on and off IPL this year, was it a satisfying knock for you?
It was a satisfying knock, but it just got better as we ended up on the winning side. It was more special because we won against RCB after we had lost against them the last time around. It was an important win, and we only hope that we carry on this winning momentum in the remaining games.
How difficult was it to bat on that wicket?
The wicket was two paced. It had bounce and some of the balls were also keeping low. It was challenging to play on the wicket.
After KKR were three down, what was the talk between you and Jacques Kallis?
We had a lot of overs to play with. We knew we were just two or three hits away from getting close to the target comfortably. That is exactly what happened. Kallis brought up two boundaries after the strategic time-out and then even I got a boundary that got us closer to the target. We took it till the end, which we did not want it to go to. But we had to have a cautious approach since it was a low scoring game which could have got much trickier.
Was there pressure on you to perform after an injury lay-off?
It is always difficult to comeback after an injury and it gets more difficult to comeback while playing in the shortest format of the game. You are expected to score at a brisk pace and you cannot take your time to get yourself set. There was a bit of pressure, but I am glad I performed.
What is your role in this KKR batting line-up?
I bat in a position wherein I have to look for singles, rotate the strike and hit the odd boundary when required. Against RCB it was a challenge for me to bat. I had to keep the scoreboard ticking; since every dot ball builds a lot of pressure. I am happy that the team won on Sunday. I have tried my level best to do well in the role that I have been given and my aim in the games ahead will be the same. I am looking forward to many more challenges like these in the future.