Chennai: Until Sunday night, Manvinder Bisla was no more than a journeyman cricketer, a wicketkeeper-batsman without a first-class team after being left out of the Himachal Pradesh side and wondering what the future held for him. Not anymore.
With a nerveless exhibition of exhilarating strokeplay on a massive stage, the 27-year-old has all but made himself a household name whose stock is bound to skyrocket in the days to come.
Opportunity has a funny way of coming calling. It can either break you, like it did the unheralded Sunny Gupta in Qualifier 2 of IPL V. Or it can make you, like it did the remarkably composed and self-assured Bisla in the final of the competition, against the defending champions in front of a full house unashamedly rooting for the opposition.