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Anand Subramaniam in Bengaluru 02 June 2014 - 03:38am IST

Will savour this moment for a long time: Shakib

KKR all-rounder wants to take his time basking in his IPL glory

Rewind the clock to the 2012 IPL Final. Nine required off the last over – Manoj Tiwary and Shakib Al Hasan are in the middle. The Chennai Super Kings are in a long meeting amidst the tension, Tiwary has a blank look on his face, Shakib is on his haunches. Four deliveries later, KKR are crowned champions. Flash forward to 2014 – Shakib sure knows a thing or two when it comes to a steep run-chase in a grand finale, in the final over. The only difference is, this time he was in the dugout and not at the non-striker’s end. As Shakib says, he would have loved to hit the winning runs, but he was more than satisfied that his team was crowned champions for the second time. 

Excerpts from his interview:

You just can’t stop smiling, can you?

(Laughs) An IPL victory – two times in three years – I can’t feel better than this. I wasn’t there last year for the Kolkata Knight Riders; maybe that is the reason we lost (chuckles). There were a lot of ups and down in the tournament this year, but the way we stuck together as a unit was amazing.

A big run-chase in the Final; did it bring back memories of 2012?

I wanted to bat till the end for my team and would have loved to be in the middle when the winning run was hit, just like in 2012. I did not finish the game, but it didn’t matter as long as we won at the end of it. This is a team sport and no matter who contributes, if we are on the winning side, we are more than happy.

Was the team confident of chasing that target of 200?

To be honest, I was very confident of the run-chase. We were scoring briskly from the first over and had a good score at the end of 10 overs. We had scored at a healthy run-rate and we backed ourselves to get the rest of the runs. The only way we could have lost was if we would have lost too many wickets in a hurry. We never got behind the required run-rate and we knew we had enough players in the team who would contribute and win the match for us.

Chasing 191 in 2012 and 200 in 2014 – what is with KKR and these huge run-chases?

(Laughs) We hope we win in 2015 as well, but don’t have to chase such a huge total every time in the Final. We would be more than happy if we have to chase down somewhere close to 160 (chuckles).

And what a day for Manish Pandey to get a big one!

Absolutely! The way Manish Pandey batted and paced his innings was remarkable. There was a talk in the dressing room that he was long due for a big one, and what a day he chose to come to the party.

What has been the highlight of the victories in 2012 and 2014?

If you look at 2012 and 2014, both victories in the Final were a result of consistent performances on the trot. We had a lot of wins in succession in 2012 as well, and this year, we sprung up nine consecutive victories. It is an excellent performance by the entire team. I don’t want to compare the two victories, I just want to enjoy this moment and savour it for a long time.

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