Among the congratulatory phone calls the Bislas received on Sunday night was one which confirmed that their 27-year-old son had arrived on the big stage. The voice on the line of this particular call was that of Shah Rukh Khan,the Bollywood superstar and Kolkata Knight Riders owner.
SS Bisla,a retired professor of Haryana Agriculture University in Hissar,and his home-maker wife Daya Bisla,are now preparing to host the actor. Khan was so overwhelmed with joy after Manvinder batted like a champion that he has promised to call on the Bislas.
SRK rang us up after the match and said that you should be proud of your son and that he too was happy and proud of what Manvinder had achieved. I salute you and his father. SRK also said that the next time he is in Delhi he will visit us, Daya said.
While Manvinder was en route to his 89 off 48 balls,which helped Kolkata Knight Riders win their maiden IPL title on Sunday,his father and mother had some nervy moments as they caught the action on television at their home in Sector 23A,Gurgaon.
They perhaps would have joined their daughter-in-law in watching the final live at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai,but didnt make the trip because it looked unlikely that their son would be included in the playing XI.
But Bisla not only opened the innings but played the knock of his life and earned recognition,something that eluded him as he shifted base from Haryana to Himachal Pradesh to Jammu and Kashmir and back to Himachal Pradesh.
In spite of the struggles he underwent to establish himself,senior Bisla said there was one aspect related to his cricket that remained unchanged his passion for the game.
On one occasion he had to head for practice at 6 am. He reached the venue much earlier but as none of the others were around he decided to return home. However,beat police constables stopped him and questioned him because they found it suspicious that a young boy was walking around even before dawn with seemingly no purpose, the senior Bisla said.
The minor brush with the law upset Bisla but he was back again before dawn for practice the next day.
Manvinder made steady progress in his cricketing career but had never been able to perform outstandingly before Sunday night. Now,the family is dreaming big.
He started playing cricket since class IV. My only dream now is that my boy plays for India. He got an opportunity in the IPL and proved his worth, said the senior Bisla.
Didnt expect the onslaught
Chennai: Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming said while his teams strategy to target Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir worked,Manvinder Bislas outstanding knock came as a surprise and snatched the game away from the home team. I dont know if we can over-analyse how wrong we got it,but admire what they did. Bisla,I thought was outstanding,they needed someone to stand up.
We got a great early wicket with Gambhir,which we had targeted,but we didnt expect the onslaught from Bisla,maybe a quick 30,40 would have been fine,but he took it quite deep and with (Jacques) Kallis, said Fleming.
This partnership (Bisla and Kallis) gave them the belief. Going in to last over with 15 runs is a different story. We did not fire our way through. It is probably a very fitting finale and it is a great IPL in terms of the cricket that has been played, the New Zealander added.