Gautam Gambhir enjoyed the win more than all. In a noble gesture the Bollywood superstar said, "I want to apologise to the kids for my misbehaviour at MCA. I apologise to all who saw me differently.” It was the reaching of the pinnacle at last. The KKR lost the toss. Their first wicket went down in the first over of their innings. But all is well that ends well. In the grand finale of cricket extravaganza, the KKR boys finally achieved their 191-run target. The Chennai Super Kings got their runs as projected from the beginning of the match. Mahendra Singh Dhoni never expected even in the last over that their Super Kings will be beaten by the Knights .
Manoj Tiwary hit Dwayne Bravo to the square leg boundary for the second successive boundary, and the nearly frenzied KKR players were all into the ground as their principal owner Shah Rukh getting engrossed in delirious celebrations. Had not there been the unknown Manvinder Bisla, the late induction to get the 89 golden runs off 48 balls, the story of the IPL Final 2012 might have been scripted in a different way after the fall of Kallis.
The beginning for Kolkata Knight Riders was not good as the team suffered a big blow in the last ball of the first over when they lost their skipper Gautam Gambhir. Gambhir was bowled out by Ben Hilfenhaus at the score of two runs. The jittery position was repaired to some extent by experienced Jacques Kallis and Manvinder Bisla whose huge 136- run partnership placed the team in a commanding position. The whole family of Shah Rukh simply shivered in excitement along with the huge followers inside and outside the Chepauk stadium when Laxmiratan Shukla's wicket fell down. But Shakib al Hasan and Manoj Tiwary steered Kolkata to their maiden IPL title. Credit also goes to the bowlers who successfully restrained the CSK batsmen.
What is most important about the team is that the Kolkata Knight Riders are not just a franchise in the hugely popular IPL, they are the epitome of passion where competitiveness and camaraderie run deep. Jay Bhattacharjee wrote on the Facebook, “Finally… the Finals. An amazing journey that started on a rainy day in Kolkata on the 5th of April will now end in Chennai on the 27th.” . Yes it ended not with a whimper but with a Big Bang, indeed more gloriously because the opponent whom they clashed and defeated by five wickets were none other than the CSK led by ever lucky skipper, M.S.Dhoni, the winning captain of the Indian team itself and the former IPL winner for two times.
“Behind every successful team is a group of unsung heroes," wrote Jay Bhattacharjee in one of his Facebook posts. One such unsung hero is A.R Srikkanth, who combines a sharp and incisive mind with complete dedication to KKR. Srikkanth passed many sleepless nights for showing the players all their individual videos and helped the coaches analyse opponent strengths and weaknesses. Motivation has been created so that each individual player can fully commit himself to the team work. Dedication, Discipline, and Determination paid off at last."We tried hard" cried out an overjoyed Shah Rukh inside the stadium after the historic maiden win in the IPL. “We have been resilient and we believed" . There was a reason in Shah Rukh's madness. After four years of long waiting the dream slogan comes true: "Korbo, Lorbo, Jitbo Re".