New Delhi:He took 17 wickets from 16 matches in the inaugural Indian Premier League season. He belongs to the team that missed the IPL crown by a whisker last year. Tall, strongly-built and a match-winner, he's none other than Chennai Super Kings' Manpreet Gony.
The cash-rich Twenty20 tournament gave him a platform to prove his mettle and he finally made his debut for Team India in the tri-nation series in Bangladesh last year.
In an exclusive interview with CricketNDTV.com, the medium-pacer talks about Chennai's chances of winning the title this season and what he thinks of Andrew Flintoff's arrival in the side.
Were you satisfied with your performance in the opening match though Chennai lost it?
Yes, I am quite satisfied and I am feeling good about my performance. Winning and losing is just part of the game.
Last year your team was runner-up. What do you think are your prospects this season?
We will win the title this time.
Does the inclusion of Andrew Flintoff makes any difference to the side?
Definitely. He helps the boys in the fielding and bowling department. And especially, he gives me tips to improve my bowling.
If given a chance, what is that one thing you would want to change in the team so that it could fetch you the 2008 title?
Nothing really, it wasn't really in our destiny I guess but we will win it this time.
Do you think IPL can facilitate your selection for the Twenty20 World Cup squad?
Yes, certainly. I am working very hard for it.
What is team's greatest strength?
Our all-round performance.