I knew I could do it – Dwayne Smith – Cricket News Roundup – May 7, 2012 – Part 1
Following his impressive last-over heroics which undid Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians’ newest overseas recruit, Dwayne Smith, claimed that he was confident off scoring the required 14 runs of the final three deliveries.
Smith powered his way to an unbeaten 24 off 9, including three boundaries off Ben Hilfenhaus, to help the Mumbai Indians chase down 174 posted by the defending champions.
It was the player’s first appearance for the Mumbai franchise after replacing the injured Australian seamer Mitchell Johnson. "I just backed myself. I know as long as I can watch the ball I can do it. I told him to give me the three balls that were left
as I knew I could do it from there," Smith said.
Royal Challengers man of the moment, AB de Villiers, said that his gambles paid off well during his match winning knock in the Indian Premier League match against Deccan Chargers.
The overseas Proteas’ star smashed 47 off just 17 balls, which included a game changing 23 runs off fellow countryman Dale Steyn. He then scored three consecutive boundaries in the 19th overs, which eventually sealed his side’s passage to victory
with 7 balls still to spare.
"I enjoyed the situation tonight, I came in [with] 80 [to get] off 40-odd balls. I knew what was required and played to that kind of game plan and, like I said before, my game plan paid off tonight,” said de Villiers.
Bollywood’s mega star, Shah Rukh Khan, hailed Kolkata Knight Riders current captain, Gautam Gambhir, by describing him as a genuine gentleman.
The left-hander has been instrumental since joining the franchise last year, and is currently the team’s leading run scorer in the ongoing season – 421 runs, averaging 46.77 along with an impressive strike rate of 145.17.
“I think he is the most awesome captain.Apart from that he is a gentleman -- a really genuine gentleman. I very seldom get impressed by leaders, but I am very impressed by Gautam Gambhir," Shah Rukh said. The owner also praised his team’s former skipper
Sourav Ganguly, describing him as a true legend of the game.