Manoj Tiwary canít recall the last time two boundaries off his bat brought him so much adulation and gave his fans as much joy.
ďUnbelievable!Ē the Kolkata Knight Ridersí last-over hero on Sunday night said the evening after, clutching a cellphone that was choking on messages he hadnít opened yet.
The watch showed 6.55pm and the count of unread texts in his inbox numbered 200. Add to that 121 more on BlackBerry Messenger and Manoj would have been wondering whether facing Dwayne Bravo all over again was a better proposition!
Manoj takes Metro through the last three balls he faced on Sunday night.
I did try to play an aggressive shot, but it yielded just one run. Even as I ran towards the non-strikerís end, I kept thinking about the boundary we needed to turn the asking rate into a run a ball.
Shakib played the previous one for a single, so I was back on strike. I knew I had to hit this ball for a four, no less. I spotted Bravoís slower one at the right moment and chipped the ball over square leg. It was a calculated stroke that I was confident of pulling off.
A boundary was again the only thing on my mind. With the kind of field that he (Bravo) had set, I was confident of hitting another four. Bravo was also under pressure, so I knew if I picked my area the ball could be hit for a four. After that shot, I did go blank for a while. The faces of my parents flashed in front of me. Then when it registered that we had won, I started to sprint. I did not know how to celebrate actually! I raised my hands in the air and kept running, straight into the arms of my friends who were there to hug me.