It was mayhem inside the dressing room: Former KKR player recalls 2012 IPL win
Kolkata Knight Riders have won the IPL title twice but are yet to win in the last 7 years. The franchise’s wins in 2012 and 2014 were celebrated in great style and the atmosphere was electric after winning.
After CSK’s back to back IPL wins in 2010 & 2011, the team in yellow was poised to make it 3 in a row in 2012.
Batting first CSK amassed 190/3 with Hussey and Raina hitting belligerent half-centuries. It looked a formidable total even for the KKR side and sure enough, Gambhir’s early dismissal was a massive blow. However, Manvinder Bisla, who was opening in that match after an inconsistent run in earlier games were joined by the ever-reliable Jacques Kallis and together they added 137 runs for 2nd wicket.
Bisla was in brilliant touch throughout the innings playing spanking shots. He hit some glorious drives and cuts through the offside followed by big lofted shots down the ground to raise hopes of a grand fightback. He was finally out for 89 off 48 balls. Kallis (69 off 49) made powerful hits at the backend and after a mini flutter. It was Manoj Tiwari’s back to back 4s that won the match and the tournament for KKR. It was mayhem inside the dressing room.
Recalling those great moments post the win, Bisla who played till IPL 2015, was overwhelm after the win. He said that he was still sitting with his pads on after his dismissal and the next 30 minutes were agonising for him as the match was on a thin edge. He further said that after the win. The team was in the dressing room and celebrated for nearly 3 hours; Shahrukh Khan was so overjoy that he was dancing in the stands.
Bisla further added that SRK even spoke with his parents heaped praised on him while he was on a call with them.
The player from Haryana was the man of the match in the final for his match-winning show. That moment remained the best and most treasured in his brief cricket career.