Manoj Tiwary: My first IPL triumph with KKR in 2012

India international and seasoned IPL campaigner Manoj Tiwary recalls the moment when he hit the winning runs for KKR against CSK in Chennai in 2012.

Manoj Tiwary

Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Manoj Tiwary in action against Delhi Daredevils during the 2011 IPL. (File Photo)   -  S. Subramanium

One memory would obviously be the boundary that I hit in the final of 2012 against Chennai Super Kings at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium against Dwayne Bravo.

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That was a special moment because Kolkata Knight Riders won the trophy for the first time. There were so many expectations from KKR, not just from the fan point of view but overall. We all know how difficult it was for KKR from the initial days till that particular year.

And you must have seen the celebrations at the Eden Gardens. There was a victory rally organised by the honourable chief minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee.

It was crazy. I had played a number of years in the Ranji Trophy by then but I had not seen so much of a crowd. We were dancing like anything and Shah Rukh Khan [co-owner of KKR] was on stage. For a young player like me and others as well, to see Shah Rukh in the team was special.

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And then, him dancing on the same stage with me was very special. Since I hit the winning boundary, he gave me a bit of special attention too (laughs).


(As told to Shayan Acharya & Wriddhaayan Bhattacharyya on Sportstar Extras IPL special series)



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