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Ryan ten Doeschate spent most of the first three years of his IPL journey cheering for his team, Kolkata Knight Riders, in the dugout. But this year was different. He played 10 matches in Pepsi IPL 2014 and was also part of the playing XI that won the Final, against Kings XI Punjab.
After his second IPL title, the Dutch all-rounder spoke to IPLT20.com about KKR’s stupendous turnaround after the disappointment of the UAE leg.
Here are excerpts from his interview:
Second IPL triumph!
It doesn’t feel that along ago that we won our last IPL. And it is a real privilege to be here to get over the line in such a good final. To chase 200 was a great effort, and to do that in a final was even more remarkable.
What was the secret behind KKR’s tremendous turnaround this season?
Essentially, it’s about skills. The batsmen started to score runs when we came back to India, something we didn’t do in the UAE. There were other factors as well – the team spirit was there, the management took care of the players and there was no panic at any stage. We tried to figure things out and gave ourselves a chance to get back on the radar.
Another very big factor was Robin Uthappa.
Oh, I think 10 scores of 40-plus in the T20 format is incredible. He put his hand up and said he will open. And almost singlehandedly he turned things around for us. He has been a very big part of this win – the essential cog around which the rest of the batting line-up revolved.
Did things also change for the better once the captain started scoring some runs?
You need your batsmen to score runs and the captain has that much extra pressure to perform. When he is feeling the heat and not scoring runs, it doesn’t reverberate too well on the team. But you know that a class player will always find a way to get back among runs. That’s what Gautam did.
Satisfied with your personal performance?
It’s been difficult for me to bat at No.6 and make solid contributions. It’s a role of a utility player that I have been given. Obviously, I’d love to do more, but the team has won, so all is good.
Not often does Sunil Narine have a bad day at the office, but it didn’t really matter on Sunday as his team romped home to a second IPL title. It was a double whammy for the spinner who already knew how it felt to be crowned champions, having tasted victory in IPL 2012. Under the fireworks that lit up M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, even the man who seldom shows his emotions was beaming and basking in his IPL moment. Even as his team was going gung-ho beside him, Narine shared a minute for a chat with IPLT20.com.
Excerpts from that chat:
Champions in 2012 and now champions again! Which one was better?
Without a doubt 2014! This year was even better since we scripted a win chasing 200, which is no easy task. The guys have worked hard for this win and we totally deserve this moment. We did not have the best of starts this year, but we ended up with nine straight wins, which is phenomenal.
How does it feel to be a two-time IPL champion?
Winning it once is good, but to win it twice is a massive achievement and a tremendous feeling. Let us hope we can continue doing it ever after year. (Smiles) It is a great feeling to be a part of KKR and more importantly perform for the team. This year, it was a total team effort and credit to the whole team to show such character till the end of the tournament.
A word on Manish Pandey’s innings. He set up the chase perfectly, didn’t he?
Manish Pandey was brilliant. Chasing down a total of 200 requires a very strong mind and Manish showed that today. He generated momentum throughout the innings and built on it till the end.
It did get close in the end; were you nervous watching Piyush Chawal bat at the other end?
To be honest with you, I was never nervous and I was confident the way Piyush Chawla was batting. He was batting well at the other end and I knew he would finish it for us if he got the strike.
The people of Kolkata would sure be ecstatic at the moment.
This is for all the fans in Kolkata who have supported us, come what may. It has been a pleasure to play at Eden Gardens this year as well, and hopefully, we can come back next year and retain the title.