“[On team composition at auction:] Good balance, good depth but most of all players who can play in different ways. At Ashish we learned that you need versatile guys and we got that in 4th, 5th, 6th place.”
“[On his batting:] Any day I would get the trophy if I hit at 160 or 170 [strike rate]His team is the most important, no matter which team I play for. I’ve always been such an individual. Outside noise doesn’t bother me and if I have to make sacrifices and have a worse season and my team still wins, I accept that.
“Me and Ashu father [Ashish Nehra] are similar in terms of wanting to play against five proper bowlers that you can win all day… Most of the time, as I’ve seen in T20 cricket, it’s a batters game but bowlers win you games.
“[On batting at No. 4:] I’ve always felt like a hitter. Batting is my number one priority, it will always be close to my heart, so it was obvious when we closed the auction that I had to beat the assignment to lead… I’ve been in a situation like this before, so I thought it was the best position for my team [No. 4] That I bat so all the other batsmen can come and express themselves.
“[On team combination:] Me and Ashu father [Ashish Nehra] are similar in terms of wanting to play against five real bowlers that you can play throughout the day. Batters can, of course, step in and make sure batsmen can put their hand up and say, “We’re here,” whatever or whenever we need to. But mostly what I’ve seen in T20 cricket is that it’s a batsman game but bowlers win games.
“[Titans behind the scenes:] Most of the time we won the game, but we always talked about what we missed and how we can do better. A big chunk of credit goes to all of Ashish’s support staff [Nehra] to [spin-bowling coach and scout] Ashish Kapoor, Gary [Kirsten], the physiotherapists to the masseurs, the logistics team; Everyone got involved, they were there to make sure all the players were comfortable, at home.
“[On how this win is different from his previous IPL title wins:] Of course I consider myself lucky. I’ve been to five finals and won five times. It was exciting. This is going to be special because we talked about creating a legacy and making sure that… this is for the generation to come, everyone will remember that this was the team that started this journey and… the first year [for us in the IPL] Winning the championship is something very special.”
“People said we didn’t have enough racquets, we didn’t have enough experience. The franchise has shown confidence in David, me and Hardik. Now we have won, so there is nothing more to say.”
“[On the final:] We settled very quickly with the wicket. We knew it was the type of wicket if they went over 150 it would be difficult but we have to roll in the right area and that’s what happened. Everyone took responsibility, the middle overs were really important and we bowled really well.”
“[On his feelings in the moment:] I don’t know about the party, but when the season started someone asked me, “What are your goals for IPL 2022?” I said my only goal was to win a trophy with my new team. I don’t know about partying, but I’m definitely not going to sleep tonight.
“[On the team:] People said we didn’t have enough rackets, we didn’t have enough experience. The franchise showed confidence in David, me and Hardik. Now we’ve won, so there’s nothing more to say.”
“I think winning an IPL is just as important as winning a World Cup and this is my fifth year and I’m lucky to win this time.”