Kolkata: Describing Kolkata Knight Riders as "deserving winners" of the Indian Premier League season five, former India captain Sourav Ganguly praised Manvinder Bisla for his cracker of an innings that set the tone for the team's triumph in the final against Chennai Super Kings on Sunday.
"After the first six overs in the KKR innings, I thought 191 was gettable. I thought KKR was destined to win. Bisla batted superbly. It was clean hitting. He played out of his skin. He never allowed the pressure to choke him. He and [Jacques] Kallis never allowed the required run rate to go out of control," Ganguly told Bengali news channel Star Ananda.
Replying to the Kings' 190/3, KKR lost skipper Gautam Gambhir early, but Bisla plundered 89 and added 136 with Kallis for the second wicket. "Kolkata Knight Riders are deserving winners. Chennai Super Kings never seemed as consistently good as them," he said.
However, Ganguly rated MS Dhoni as a better captain than Gambhir. "Overall Dhoni is the best T20 captain now. Dhoni's record in this format is fantastic. He has led the country to the world T20 title. He has made Chennai Super Kings champions twice as captain. And Gambhir is only captain of this year's IPL winning team [Kolkata Knight Riders]. So I feel the time has not come to compare Gambhir with Dhoni as far as captaincy is concerned.
"I don't think his [Gautam Gambhir] captaincy today was as good as in other games. He seemed under pressure as captain and when he went out to bat. I did not like his body language."