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IPL 2024: 'KKR played like invincibles'

May 27, 2024 01:18 IST

IMAGE: KKR's players celebrate with the IPL Trophy after beating Sunrisers Hyderabad in the final on Sunday. Photograph: BCCI

After guiding Kolkata Knight Riders to their third IPL title on Sunday, captain Shreyas Iyer said his side 'played like Invincibles' the whole season.


KKR lorded over Sunrisers Hyderabad in Sunday's IPL final, winning the lopsided title clash by eight wickets at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

"Absolutely comprehensive (the win). We played like invincibles throughout the season. There's so much to cherish right now. This is what we demanded from the team and every individual," Shreyas said during the post-match presentation.

"They stood up to the right occasion and the feeling is hard to express. It is pleasing, the performance has been flawless throughout. I am running out of words right now," he added.

"All we demanded from ourselves was to back each other whatever the situation is. Looking forward to play more competitive cricket," he said.

The elegant right-hander reserved a special word of praise for Mitchell Starc, whose two wickets in the Power Play denied SRH early momentum.

"That's when all the big players stand up, right! It was a high-pressure game and he's been so good off the field. He's never shown any complacency in his work ethics. He stepped up to the right occasion," he noted.

IMAGE: Venkatesh Iyer and Shreyas Iyer celebrate winning the final. Photograph: BCCI

The Mumbai man also heaped accolades on all-rounder Andre Russell, who produced a three-wicket burst in the final.

"He's got that magic wand. He's looking forward to pick wickets. All the guys stepped up at the right time and that's made it easier. It has been a flawless season."

SRH skipper Pat Cummins said his side was outplayed by the Knight Riders on the night.

"I thought they bowled fantastically. We were outplayed. They didn't give us anything. It was a tricky wicket and didn't feel like a 200-plus wicket. 160 would have given us a chance."

Cummins also thanked his players for a fantastic IPL campaign and the crowd for supporting SRH.

"I had not worked with many of the guys before but it was great working with them. A really great squad and the staff.

"We play a lot in India but in front of a sea of blue. So, it was good to have crowd on our side at times," he added.

IMAGE: Mitchell Starc celebrates the wicket of Abhishek Sharma. Photograph: BCCI

Starc said the heavy price tag of Rs 24.75 crore never really bogged him down, and, in fact, he enjoyed leading the KKR bowling unit in IPL 2024.

Starc produced a fine spell upfront taking 2/14, helping KKR to beat Sunrisers by eight wickets in the title round.

"A lot has been made of the money. I am older and experienced now. So, that helped to deal with all that and leading the attack.

"It was a lot of fun for me personally and we have got an exciting attack," said the left-arm pacer.

Starc lauded the KKR bowlers for lifting their game.

"We didn't know what to expect but the bowling unit showed all the skills they have and the wicket-taking balls. It will be great to see how they go," he added.

Starc said it felt great to stand on the podium after an "awkward journey".

"It was a great night for KKR. What a season. It was an awkward journey. I think we had a fantastic squad.

"We remained such a consistent side with contributions from everyone. That was a big part of our success," said the Aussie.

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