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He bowled a beauty to bowl Dwayne Smith out in his very first over of the IPL. Pat Cummins had kick started his IPL career in grand fashion, and though he did not get any other chance in the games to follow, it is a wonderful IPL memory that the Australian pacer takes back home. On Sunday night, he cheered for every run his side scored in a dramatic run-chase. And by the end of it, he laid his hands on the coveted IPL trophy. Though he may have just one game under his belt, there is a lot that Cummins takes back from his first IPL experience.
Excerpts from his interview:
Your first IPL season and you are a part of a champion side!
(Smiles) This is an unreal moment for me and it feels special to be crowned champions in my very first year with KKR. The team has been in unbelievable form throughout the tournament. The bowlers have been outstanding and the batsmen have been phenomenal. It has been a great journey for me to be a part of the team, and I take away a lot from it.
What do you take back from this IPL experience?
Being my first IPL experience, I wasn’t really quite sure what to expect from the tournament. For me, KKR is a big family and that is what I take back home. Everyone in the team was there together from day-one, which prevailed right till the end of the tournament. Everyone enjoyed each others’ success and everyone chipped in when they had to.
How nervous were you when the team required 15 off the last two overs?
I was really nervous when the game got that close; I was biting my nails and I can assure you I have none left on my fingers now (laughs). We knew in the dugout that we needed one big shot, and Piyush Chawla pulled that out of nowhere. It was an unbelievable moment, and as soon as the shot went for a six, there was a sigh of relief.
What has been the highlight for you this season?
There are quite a lot, but I would rate this run-chase right at the top. To chase 200 in the final has to top it off. Also, to win nine in a row is special; you cannot top that with anything else.
The Pepsi Indian Premier League 2014 Final between the Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab had the spectators on the edge of their seats as the two teams fought tooth and nail in the high-scoring grand finale. The nerve-racking game ended with the Gautam Gambhir-led side emerging winners with three balls to spare. Piyush Chawla, who came in to bat with 21 required off 18 balls with six wickets down, held his nerves as he helped his team successfully chase down the 200-run target.
He pulled Mitchell Johnson for a six off the last ball of the 19th over to take the team within five runs of the target. He then encouraged Sunil Narine to take a single in the last over and then struck Parvinder Awana over point for four to claim a sensational win.
With the magnitude of his feat still to sink in amid all the celebrations and congratulations, he spoke to IPLT20.com about the crucial moments at the end of the big game. Excerpts from his interview:
Congratulations! You have won the game with the ball earlier in the tournament and this time with the bat. It has been an all-rounder’s performance from you.
Well, you can say that because I always believed in my batting and even in domestic cricket if someone has scored 4000-plus runs, means he can bat. I just wanted to come in and consolidate here.
How difficult was it to bat towards the end?
Obviously, it was difficult because the situation was such. We lost wickets regularly from the other end. I just wanted to stay calm and knew the victory was one hit away.
Tell us a bit more about that one hit – the six off Mitchell Johnson to take the team within sniffing distance of the win.
I was prepared for the short ball because he had bowled a couple of balls, which came up to me. I was prepared and thought that he might bowl a bouncer to get a dot-ball. So, I was prepared for the pull shot and knew that even if I hit the ball in the gap, with this kind of outfield, I will get a four. But luckily, I middled the ball so well, it went for a six.
What did you tell Sunil Narine when he was to face the last over with five runs required off it?
I just told him put the bat to the ball and take one and rotate the strike.
Although 200 is a chaseable target, what was the feeling in the dugout going into the chase?
Definitely, on this wicket anything is chaseable and we have seen that many times. Earlier, when I was playing for KXIP, we had once chased a 200-plus total. So, I knew on this ground, anything is possible.
How would you sum up KKR’s campaign and today’s win?
It means a lot. We won nine games on the trot and beat all the big sides, so that’s a big thing. I have no words to express it right now. It has been almost 20 minutes since the game got over, but I have still not recovered my breath.
A word on Manish Pandey’s innings.
Amazing! He was due for a big knock for some time because he played well and was getting the starts. But in this game, he showed what adds to the team.