Chennai: Explosive batsman Yusuf Pathan, pacer Laxmipathy Balaji and wicketkeeper/batsman Manvinder Singh Bisla joined an elite club of players who have been a part of two teams that have won the IPL title, after Kolkata Knight Riders outplayed Chennai Super Kings on Sunday.
Pathan was part of the Rajasthan Royals squad which won the inaugural IPL in 2008, while Balaji was part of the Chennai Super Kings in 2010. Whereas Bisla, who played the match-winning knock of 89 off 48 balls, was a part of the Deccan Chargers, who won the title in 2009.
Yusuf attributed Knight Riders' success in IPL 5 to Gautam Gambhir's captaincy and compared it with the leadership skills of Shane Warne, his captain at Rajasthan Royals.
"The way Gautam has captained in the last two years, it is comparable to Shane Warne (at Rajasthan). He has supported the players a lot. We have played as a team. We have enjoyed each others' success," said Pathan after Knight Riders beat Super Kings by five wickets here at Chepauk.
Pathan had hit a crucial 40 against Delhi Daredevils in the first play-off in Pune.
"I got to play the role in the semi-final, today Bisla (Manvinder) and Kallis (Jacques Kallis) did it. The way Bisla was in and out of the team, he did very well to score those runs," said Pathan referring to Bisla's match-winning knock of 89 and Kallis' 69.
Apart from these three, Scott Styris is also part of the club - he was part of the Deccan team in 2009 while in 2011 he played for Chennai.