Shahrukh Khan. 9Source: Twitter)

Tamil Nadu lifted the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy after beating Karnataka by 4 wickets in the final. Shahrukh Khan hit a maximum on the final ball after his side needed 5 runs in one ball while chasing 152 in 20 overs.

WHO SAID WHAT?
Vijay Shankar | Tamil Nadu captain: We played fantastic cricket throughout. Everyone fought hard and it’s the best game I’ve been part of. This innings was due from SRK, he was hitting it well in the nets. We believed in SRK, Mohammed and Sanjay, these three are capable of the big ones. In the middle, Cariappa bowled well, so we couldn’t accelerate. Karnataka and TN always have a rivalry and we are happy to end up on the winning side. There was a five-for (by Saravana Kumar) in the last game, we had to drop him for this game. So this is a win for the support staff and the entire squad.

Shahrukh Khan | Player of the Match: There were a lot of things in my mind, but I tried to keep it simple. The ball was rough and the wicket was slow, so I wanted to connect it off the middle. I was waiting to hit it over long-on, and I got the room to get it over square leg. We played a bit slow in the middle, but that’s the trend of our team – the roles are well-defined, and the top order had trust in me and Mohammed. He (Mohammed) has been a special talent so thanks to him. It has been a special thing to hit a last-ball six. I’ll remember this for a long time.

Manish Pandey | Losing captain: It is a bittersweet feeling. The boys have put up their hands every time we have needed someone. We deserved to come to the final. We can’t take it away from them, they were better at the crunch moment. We were expecting more from our top order, but someone had to put up their hands, and the middle order and spinners did just that. We’d love to bounce back strongly.

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