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Gautam Gambhir. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Gautam Gambhir. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Gautam Gambhir Praised By Manvinder Bisla And KC Cariappa For Good Captaincy For KKR

Gautam Gambhir was one of the most successful captains in Indian Premier League history.  Gautam Gambhir led Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL titles in his career while playing an important part in their batting department.

Several KKR players have talked about the leadership skills of Gautam Gambhir, who is the only KKR skipper to win IPL, and that too, twice, and how he led from the front to guide youngsters in the team.

Gautam Gambhir has led KKR to two IPL titles
Gautam Gambhir has led KKR to two IPL title

Gautam Gambhir Was Fiercely Protective Of His Players: Manvinder Bisla

One of the players, Manvinder Bisla was an integral part of KKR’s batting department during Gautam Gambhir’s reign as captain. He even top-scored in the final of IPL 2012. Manvinder Bisla hit 89 runs off just 48 balls to help KKR chase down Chennai Super Kings’ total of 190 runs in the final.

Manvinder Bisla played 39 matches in the IPL and hit 798 runs at an average of 21. He narrated how Gautam Gambhir was as a captain and said that the former India opener was fiercely protective of his players.

Manvinder Bisla during his match-winning knock of 89 runs in IPL 2012 final against CSK.
Manvinder Bisla during his match-winning knock of 89 runs in the IPL 2012 final against CSK. (Photo: Twitter/@KKRiders)

“As a captain, Gautam was fiercely protective of his players. He was like an older brother. Win or lose, he needed to just see focus and intensity. Even when I wasn’t converting starts, he was never short of encouraging words if he saw the effort.

“So chats with him at different times during the competition gave me the reinforcement that I was very much valued. Vijay Dahiya, our assistant coach, was also a great motivator. These two made it easy for me to deal with both success and failure,” Bisla said as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.

Gautam Gambhir is a captain who is known to take bold decisions and the fact that Manvinder Bisla was chosen ahead of Brendon McCullum in the IPL 2012 final, is a living testament. Manvinder Bisla was made to open the innings along with skipper Gautam Gambhir.

However, KKR was dealt with a big blow as their marquee batsman Gautam Gambhir departed in the first over itself after a peach of a delivery from Ben Hilfenhaus. Gautam Gambhir was KKR’s leading run-scorer in that tournament and had amassed 590 runs.

Manvinder Bisla and Jacques Kallis steadied KKR’s ship and steered them close to the target. The duo was on song and stitched a magnificent partnership of 136 runs before Manvinder Bisla got dismissed for 89. His power-packed innings was the cornerstone of KKR’s victory as he emerged as the ultimate game-changer. His inning was packed with 8 fours and 5 sixes. Jacques Kallis too scored 69 before departing.

Two Bengali boys in the form of Shakib-Al-Hasan and Manoj Tiwary orchestrated the victory from thereon as KKR successfully chased the target of 191 put up by CSK. In IPL 2014 final, Manish Pandey scored 94 as KKR chased down KXIP’s mammoth total of 199 made possible after KXIP’s Wriddhiman Saha had scored a ton.

Gautam Gambhir Was Strict In Bowling Discipline And Didn’t Compromise Poor Effort On The Field: KC Cariappa

Another find of Gambhir was spinner KC Cariappa who spent two seasons for the franchise – in 2015 and in 2019. In a recent interview, KC Cariappa recalled his experiences of playing under the two-time IPL winning captain Gautam Gambhir in the IPL 2015 season, and described him as a “very good captain”.

“Gambhir was a very good captain. He was a little strict in terms of bowling discipline, and effort on the field was something he wouldn’t compromise,” Cariappa told Sportskeeda.

KC Cariappa. (Photo Source: Twitter)
KC Cariappa. (Photo Source: Twitter)

“Outside the field, he didn’t bother you. On the field, you had to give your 100% and that’s what I loved,” he added.

KC Cariappa has played 11 matches, the last of which came in 2019 and picked 8 scalps. He made his debut with the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2015, and later was a part of the Kings XI Punjab setup where he did not have the best of IPLs picking up just 8 wickets in 10 matches across three seasons(2015-17).

He was roped in as one of the replacements for injured KKR pacers Kamlesh Nagarkoti & Shivam Mavi in 2019 and played a solitary game where he went wicketless.

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IPL: One-Season Wonders And Where Are They Now?

Indian Premier League (IPL) is a big platform for players who are looking for the stage to showcase their talent worldwide. The most popular league has given birth to cricketers like Jasprit Bumrah who first started his journey with IPL and then got the call on the national side.

In the past 12 editions, players have broken many records and registered their names in good books. Some were fortunate to get the call to play for their country while some were ignored or faded away with the time.

Here, we have discussed the players who were the star of an IPL season and where are they now.

One-Season Wonders And Where Are They Now?

Paul Valthaty

Paul Valthaty

Mumbai born cricketer Paul Valthaty was like a spark that failed to turn in the fire. In the 2011 season, Kings XI Punjab bagged Paul’s service after one player got injured. He turned out to be an explosive batsman for the franchise.

During the match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK), he played one of the most admirable innings of the 4th edition. Chasing a mammoth 189-run target, he played unbeaten innings of 120 not out in 63 balls and led KXIP to win the match with five balls still spare to bowl.

He continued his run strike as in further matches, he scored 75 of 47 deliveries and 46 off just 31. He ended up as the sixth-highest run-scorer of IPL 2011. His part-time also helped the Punjab based franchise, in one of the matches, he picked four wickets giving 29 runs.

For his prolific performance, KXIP retained him for IPL 2012 and 2013 season but Paul proved expensive because of his degrading form. Following this, he was dropped and faded away from the cricket.

Currently, Paul plays for Air India as their employer.

Former India, CSK Pacer Goes Unsold In BPL Draft; Two Other Indians Unsold Too

None of the three Indian players who entered the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) draft could get a buyer during draft which took place yesterday. Former India and Chennai Super Kings pacer Manpreet Gony, cricketer turned commentator Manvinder Bisla and Kumar Boresa had entered the draft but none of three cricketers features in the final squads.

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The chances of Gony getting picked by a franchise were high but that didn’t happen. He retired from international cricket and Indian cricket in 2019 and went on to play for Toronto Nationals in Global T20 Canada. Apart from CSK, Gony also played for Kings XI Punjab and Gujarat Lions in IPL.

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Bisla couldn’t continue following a super show. Photo Credit: AFP.

Bisla, who has also retired from Indian cricket, now does commentary in domestic matches and has not played an IPL game since 2015. His last first-class appearance for Goa against Assam in 2012/13 season. Bisla is remembered for playing match-winning knock of 89 in the final of IPL 2012 where KKR were chasing 191.

Boresa, the third player who entered the draft, was a part of Rajasthan Royals. Although he did not get a chance to make his debut. The retired players are expected to continue to put their names forward to be part of the leagues around the world.

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Photo: Mumbai Indians

Yuvraj Singh is the biggest name in recent times who retired and went on to play franchise cricket. He played Global T20 Canada and is now playing the T10 league. He will not be part of IPL 2020 as a player has to retire from Indian cricket, including IPL, to obtain an NOC from BCCI to be part of the leagues.

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Bangladesh’s stars Tamim Iqbal and Mashre Mortza will grace BPL 2020 which kicks off on December 11. David Warner and Steven Smith, who were a part of the league last year, did not enter the BPL draft as they will be busy playing international cricket.

Former Pakistan captain and veteran T20 cricketer, Shahid Afridi, will play for Dhaka Platoons.

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Kamran Khan went off the radar. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Five Players Whose Career Dwindle on Being One-Match Wonder in the IPL

From the humdingers to the lop-sided encounters, rags to the riches and stalwarts to the one-match wonders — the Indian Premier League (IPL) has witnessed all since its inception, back in 2008. The familiar stories of exciting prospects have grabbed the headlines before many fell apart while trying hard to make most of the opportunities.

In between, those who hogged the limelight capitalised well before earning a national call-up.

Notably, there have been some names apart from the heavyweights. They’ve had failed to continue following their heroics in a single game.

Meanwhile, here we at Sportzwiki bring you a list of those five players who appeared as the one-match wonder in the cash-rich domestic professional league.

Yusuf Abdulla – Kings XI Punjab (2009)

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Yusuf Abdulla couldn’t raise the bar. Photo Credit: Bennett/Backpagepix 2009

The left-arm pacer from South Africa Yusuf Abdulla has made an entry in the second edition of the IPL, in 2009. The Proteas cricketer has featured at home when IPL was shifted to South Africa. Back then, India was hosting General Elections.

Coming to the particular game, during a game against Mumbai Indians (MI), the seam bowler bowled his heart out when King XI was defending a low total of 120. Even though, the resistance from Jean-Paul Duminy (59) and Dwayne Bravo, Abdulla’s heroics have won the game for his side. While defending a relatively low total, Abdulla conceded 19 runs to bag two wickets.

Overall, in games, Abdulla has snared 14 scalps in outings.

Kamran Khan – Rajasthan Royals (2009)

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Kamran missed the trick. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Kamran Khan, who represented Rajasthan Royals has made a strong case for himself in the very second season of the IPL. The former pacer was seen as the exciting prospect who too sooner went off the radar. Back in 2009, in a group stage fixture, Kamran bowling brilliantly to eke out three wickets while giving away 18 runs in his quota of four overs.

During the Cape Town fixture, Kamran who bowled splendidly well against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) saw the game ending on a tie.

Interestingly, he bowled the super over, but he went on to concede 15 off his over. In response, Yusuf Pathan’s pyrotechnics saw Royals home with three balls to spare. Subsequently, Kamran was adjudged Man of the Match for his sensational stuff with the ball.

The youngster bagged six scalps in five outing in that particular season.

Kevon Cooper – Rajasthan Royals – (IPL 2012)

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Cooper couldn’t capitalise. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

In 2012, Windies all-rounder Kevon Cooper has emerged at the scene with his belligerent hitting. He has fetched the contract to represent Rajasthan Royals in the fifth edition of IPL leg.

While facing Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Jaipur. The all-round performance from Kevon has helped Royals to win the game convincingly by 31 runs.

Overall, he scored 11 off three balls after bagging four wickets to give away 26 runs. In between, he has affected a run-out to steal the show.

Quite often, Windies recruits have lifted the spirit of many by producing outstanding results in distinct editions of the professional league, and, that too, far and wide in the cricketing nursery.

In 25 IPL matches, Cooper has accumulated 116 runs and bagged 25 wickets.

Manvinder Bisla – Kolkata Knight Riders  (IPL 2012)

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Bisla couldn’t continue following a super show. Photo Credit: AFP.

In the grand-finale against Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Manvinder Bisla stole the show. In 2012, Bisla took MS Dhoni-led side to the cleaners. The right-handed batsman made a massive difference with his hard-hitting prowess. During a run-chase of 191, Bisla has slammed 89 during his knock. It was attributed to eight fours and five maximums.

In overall, 30 matches, Bisla has accumulated 798 runs. After starring in the finale, Bisla has carved out a niche by emerging as a standout performer in the cash-rich league.

Paul Valthaty – Kings XI Punjab (2011)

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Paul Valhathy where he’s any guesses? Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

If we’re trudging forward for climbing a summit but the road has too many obstacles which often make us ponder over and over again. In such a contrast, Paul Valthaty is a player who is one of those examples of being a one-match wonder player by going off the radar too soon.

Valthaty has slammed his maiden hundred while representing Kings XI Punjab against Chennai Super Kings (CSK). During the IPL 2011 at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium in Mohali, Valthaty remained unbeaten on 120 off just 63 deliveries.

He struck 19 fours and two sixes. Valthaty has played one of the significant knocks of his cricketing career. But, he has failed to live up to the expectations.

Meanwhile, Kings XI has crossed over the line with six wickets in hand by chasing the target of 189.

Overall, in 23 games he accumulated just 505 runs.