Kolkata, May 29: A day after Kolkata Knight Riders' Manoj Tiwary hit the boundary to guide his team to its first ever IPL title, the middle-order batsman feels Gautam Gambhir's XI are now eyeing at emerging victorious in the most prestigious Champions League T20 which is scheduled to be played in October this year.
Tiwary, who was a part of the winning XI also played a vital role in KKR's success, as the Bengal player collected 260 runs off 16 outings, with 59 being his highest score at an average of 26.
After playing consistently in the cash-rich league to meerge champions, Tiwary now feels his team can be considered as favourites to win Champions League T20.
"Of course, we are favourites in the Champions League. Now that we have won the IPL, we will enter the competition as the favourites and everybody will expect us to win the title," Tiwary told mediapersons in Kolkata today.
He further added saying during the last two editions, though Sourav Ganguly's leadership helped us, everything did not fall in place which saw an early exit from the league in the previous editions.
"In the first two seasons, Dada (Sourav Ganguly) tried hard to lead from the front but somewhere down the line the chemistry was missing and things did not fall in place for us. I think we had few new recruits coming in last year. The likes of Kallis (Jacques), Yusuf (Pathan), who had played so well for their previous franchises and of course Sunil Narine this year."
With new players coming into the team, Gambhir being named as captain, chemistry worked wonders for Kolkata Knight Riders this season and said that was the key for emerging victorious.
"All these coupled with the team chemistry this year was brilliant. We gelled really well as a unit and that for me personally was the key for our success," Tiwary said.
Talking about his association with Bangladesh cricketer Shakib Al Hasan, he said they both conversed with each other in Bengali and both believed in playing their natural game in order to guide KKR to a historic win in IPL.
"We (Manoj and Shakib) were talking in Bengali, true. Especially, Shakib was telling me to that "we can win this just have to stick to our job and play the shots. We decided not to panic and just focus on winning the match for KKR."