Ishant Sharma of the Kolkata Knight Riders celebrates during a game.
The Kolkata Knight Riders recorded their first ever Indian Premier League cricket title as they defeated defending champions, Chennai Super Kings. KKR won by five wickets, after CSK had posted a daunting score of 190 runs in the first innings.
Bangladeshi Shakib Al Hassan tossed 3 overs for Kolkata, giving up 25 runs, and bagging 1 wicket. Iqbal Abdulla bowled 1 over, giving up only 9 runs. Yusuf Pathan also bowled 1 over for KKR, giving up 17 runs.
Pakistani Wasim Akram is the bowling coach for KKR, and he was quite proud of his bowling staff. â€œMy bowlers are the best in the world and we can beat any team with this bowling attack. The variety and the wicket-taking ability are incredible. Itâ€™s good to be a part of this team,â€ he was quoted as saying by iplt20.com.
Akram makes no bones talking about the fact that the change in leadership has resulted in change of fortunes for the team. â€œThe leadership, the contribution from senior and the foreign players was the key. Weâ€™re a family, not a team. We supported each other through thick and thin, and that helped.â€
â€œIt was incredible. Credit goes to the captain and his team on the way they have fought throughout the tournament. My voice is gone and I am feeling the same when I did after winning the World Cup for Pakistan. It was worth the wait,â€ Akram concluded.