CSK stars express joy on huge win

Dubai: CSK won the IPL title for fourth time last night. They defeated KKR quite comfortably.

A happy Bravo, said, ‘That’s the first thing I’m going to do when I turn on my phone – let Kieron Pollard know this is the 16th (T20 titles he has won). He has some catching up to do. Belief in the squad from management, owners. After last season was really disappointed. Owed it to the franchise, the fans to come up with a better performance. Don’t get nervous (coming into a final). Have had good performance in different phases of the tournament. Faf and Ruturaj stand out for us. To have these two guys scoring over 500 runs together. Experience beats youth any day.’

Robin Uthappa on his part, said, ‘ Extremely grateful, feels amazing to be part of this side especially how last year went for us. It was a very lean season for us last year and so it was important for us to come back and play as well as we could and really grateful that we have been able to. I just want to come in and contribute to the team’s success, today we had a good start and it was important for us to take advantage and we had a set batsmen (Faf) at the other end and I took it on and got a few shots. They create very secure environment within the group and there’s lot of clarity and communication within the support staff and the players and that really helps in building a secure group. I believe it’s your players who are not playing in the eleven that really create the atmosphere within the group and they make sure that they look after the players who are not playing in the eleven and I think that’s one of the biggest takeaways of our success in IPL’.

Ruturaj Gaikwad, said, ‘It is top of the moon feeling to win the orange cap and win the IPL. It is very very satisfying to win the IPL. It feels great. We didn’t have a great season. Coming here, everyone believed and we are here. When you are performing well, you are confident on your lesser risk shots. You need to make sure you are there till the end.’

Ravindra Jadeja stated, ‘ Feeling amazing. We have been working hard and reached the final finally and won. That catch went very high and Moeen was looking at me, so I realized I had to go for that catch. The momentum changed after that and we bowled really well.’

Deepak Chahar, said, ‘We have had many ups and downs. Very happy that we finished well. Happy to be on the winning side in my 4th IPL final. There was dew. But we handled pressure thanks to the experience. We were on the look out for a wicket because we knew their lower order wasn’t performing. We had a bad season last season but we had the confidence to do well this season. We all play for MS as he is the captain of the ship.’

NT Bureau