Chennai, May 28: The wicket-keeper batsman has turned things around this IPL season, as his match-winning 48-ball 89 helped Kolkata Knight Riders to register their maiden IPL title on Sunday. Since then, the right-handed batsman, Manvinder Sultansingh Bisla has become the star of KKR.
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The wicket-keeper batsman from Hayrana, started off his career as a medium pacer. He played the U-19 World Cup in 2002 as a bowler, his first appearance in India colours. He started playing first-class cricket for Haryana and went on to play for Himachal Pradesh. Later was a part of the Indian-first class set-up.
The 27 year old made his T20 debut in 2007, when he played for Himachal Pradesh against Delhi at New Delhi.
Bisla has been participating in the cash-rich league since 2009, as he played for Deccan Chargers in 2009 and for Kings XI Punjab in 2010. Later he got an opportunity to play for Kolkata Knight Riders in the following edition of IPL.
Limited opportunities in the fourth edition of IPL saw him collect just 72 runs off five outings with a highest score of 27. But his presence in the fifth edition created a huge impact as his match winning knock of 89 off just 48 balls won KKR their maiden IPL title as they had failed to make it to the last four in the previous editions except 2011 as they finished fourth in the table.
As the saying goes make hay while the sun shines, Bisla won accolades for his fantastic performance in the final of IPL 5, wherein he alongwith Jacques Kallis put on 136 runs for the second wicket off just 13.4 overs, to chase a challenging target of 191 with two balls to spare.
"I can't express my happiness. I am just speechless. It was a big occasion and I wanted to prove a point and I am glad my effort has helped the team win their first IPL title," a jubilant Bisla said after the match.
"I got tensed after Gauti got out but I did not lose heart. I was trying to play every ball on its merit but once I started hitting well, my confidence was up. Kallis is a legend. I got immense support from him while batting. He asked me to keep it simple and play my natural game," Bisla added.
Bisla has scored 955 runs off 42 T20 matches, at an average of 23.87 with a strike rate of 111.04. The opening batsman from Haryana has scored 213 runs off 7 matches in IPL 5 with a highest of 89 against Chennai Super Kings in the final of IPL 5. He has scored runs at an average of above 30 and at an amazing strike rate of 133.12 next to Gambhir's 143.55.
Following a memorable stint with KKR, Manvinder Bisla might be the one of the future prospects as a few domestic players can make it to the Indian Cricket Team in the near future following their good show in IPL 5.