By CricketCountry Staff
Chennai: May 28, 2012
Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) wicketkeeper Manvinder Bisla, whose 89-run knock ensured Knights their maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) title, thanked owner Shahrukh Khan for extending support and showing confidence in his abilities.
“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,” Bisla said.
Bisla says that he had been working hard in the nets but didn’t get chance as Brendon McCullum was playing well. However, Laxmipathy Balaji’s injury gave him an opportunity to play on Sunday against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the final match of the tournament.
“I was working hard in the nets but I was not getting a chance as Brendon (McCullum) was playing really well. 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,” Bisla was quoted as saying by iplt20.com.
“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.”
On being asked about the team reaching the target without Gautam Gambhir, who has been scoring in every match, Bisla said, “The way Gautam has been hitting, looks very good from outside and he has been batting like a legend.”
“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,” Bisla concluded.