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‘Was under a lot of pressure’

Calcutta: Manan Vohra showed absolutely no signs of nerves, racing to a 20-ball 47 in his very first appearance for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) this season.

Apart from Wriddhiman Saha’s 26-ball 54 and Glenn Maxwell’s breezy 43, Vohra’s knock too was equally important for KXIP to chase down a daunting 206 against the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday. However, he revealed that he was under a lot of pressure.

“To be honest, there was a lot of pressure. But I took it as an opportunity. I knew if I do well from hereon after being retained, my graph then can go really high,” Vohra told the IPL’s official website.

“I was just waiting for one chance to go out in the middle and play. It was a bit frustrating to be out of action and watch the team perform from the sidelines.

“It is a great opportunity for young boys like me to come out and do well here. I was waiting for this day badly and I am glad I got the chance,” the 20-year-old added.

Vohra admitted that he was initially in awe of the Sunrisers bowling spearhead Dale Steyn. “The first ball that I faced against Steyn, I could not move my feetů I was afraid of himů I told myself that there was no point getting scared and I had to play him.

“I had practised playing a lot of short stuff in the nets, and when he kept it short, I decided that I would back myself and go for my shots. It worked,” he said.

Asked how much of a motivation it was for a youngster to play alongside the likes of Virender Sehwag, Maxwell and David Miller, Vohra commented: “By being alongside players like them, the job for youngsters becomes a lot easier.

“There is no pressure on us to perform since we know they will cover up and score at a brisk pace. We have just been asked to go and enjoy ourselves on a given day, which helps us to do well.”

Talking about Maxwell, Vohra said: “He is too good a player and very aggressive as well. The way he approaches the game is brilliant. He backs himself every single time and that is something I want to learn from him.

“He has only one style of playing, and we all know what that is.”