IPL 2013: We have to take some pressure off Gautam Gambhir, says Manvinder Bisla

Kallis and Morgan, who shared partnerships of 66 and 72 runs with him, respectively, helped Bisla along in his effort. "Kallis is a strong sportsperson. He was desperate to play and contribute. That's why he is one of the legends of the game," said Bisla, the awe in his voice palpable.

updated: April 27, 2013 12:50 IST
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Manvinder Bisla had been fairly quiet in the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013 till Friday (April 26) but his unbeaten 44-ball 51 against Kings XI Punjab, though not quite at par with the 48-ball 89 he scored in the final of the 2012 edition of the Indian Premier League, was a super effort. It anchored the Kolkata innings and, in the end, played a big part in his team ending their run of losses and getting their campaign back on track.

"It's nice to contribute to a win," said Bisla, who had been dropped from the team and returned only because of the injury to Manoj Tiwary. "I was dropped for two matches and I spent the time training a lot, batting a lot in the nets. I guess this was the result of that.

"It's not frustrating at all for someone like me to sit out. It's a great thing that I am playing the IPL at all, sharing dressing rooms with such great players. Someone like Brendon McCullum is not getting a chance - who am I? You just need to wait, work hard and bide your time."

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