IPL title as sweet as winning World Cup: Akram

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Published: Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 14:04 [IST]
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IPL victory was worth its wait: Akram

Chennai, May 30: Former Pakistan skipper and Kolkata Knight Riders' bowling coach Wasim Akram heaped praise on Sunil Narine and said he was a revelation in the fifth season of the Indian Premier League and also termed winning their maiden IPL title was as sweet as winning the World Cup.

Narine, the mystery spinner who played a vital role in Kolkata Knight Riders' maiden IPL win, was adjudged the man of the series for his impressive bowling performance in the fifth edition of IPL as he claimed 24 wickets off 15 matches with an economy rate of 5.47 and the best being 5/19 in IPL 5.

"He (Narine) has been a revelation. Nobody could read him in this tournament and I don’t think anybody will do it in the next two years. It’s good for KKR."

He also added that he was pleased to be associated with Kolkata Knight Riders and lauded the bowlers, for their contribution which helped the team win its first IPL title.

"My bowlers are the best in the world and we can beat any team with this bowling attack. The variety and the wicket-taking ability are incredible. It’s good to be a part of this team," he was quoted as saying by iplt20.com

Coupled with good leadership, inputs from senior members and foreign recruits, the team won its maiden IPL trophy in the fifth edition of the cash-rich league.

"The leadership, the contribution from senior and the foreign players was the key. We’re a family, not a team. We supported each other through thick and thin, and that helped."

Akram credited the win to the captain, Gautam Gambhir and his team as they fought throughout the tournament and felt the worth was wait it, as he felt it was similar to the moments after winning the World Cup for Pakistan in 1992.

"It was incredible. Credit goes to the captain and his team on the way they have fought throughout the tournament. My voice is gone and I am feeling the same when I did after winning the World Cup for Pakistan. It was worth the wait," Akram concluded.


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