IPL 2012: Manvinder Bisla -- The Knight who made the Kings bow

Zeenews Sports Bureau

IPL has had a history of making stars out of the most unlikely of all candidates. Sunday night was no different.

On a stage like IPL and that too in the final, wicketkeeper batsman Manvinder Singh Bisla played the most significant knock of his career so far that handed his team the title for the first time in five years.

In a team boasting of explosive wicketkeeper batsman Brendon McCullum, Biswa’s role was to play a second fiddle to the Kiwi. Before the final he had featured in six matches for KKR and churned out ordinary performances scoring just 124 runs in the 2012 season.

Even after this, he was given preference over McCullum in the IPL final against the defending champions Chennai Super Kings and the decision seemed out of tune. The score his team was chasing could have gotten anyone’s nerves. The 27-year-old from Himachal Pradesh, however, was in a different mood when he caught the opposition unaware and played the innings of a lifetime that landed KKR the crown of IPL champions.

His 89 runs off just 48 deliveries were scored with much aggression and confidence, enough to launch him into the galaxy of stars that the T20 extravaganza has done over its five years of existence.

Bisla had been a part of Deccan Chargers and Kings XI Punjab outfit until 2011 when he was signed by the KKR. He plays for Himachal Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy.

Interestingly, before donning the wicket-keeping gloves, Bisla began his career as a bowler having been a part of India U-19 squad for 2002 World Cup under the same capacity.

He has played 41 first class matches and scored 1827 runs at an average of 29. He has also featured in 42 T20 matches and scored 955 runs.