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Pity we didn’t start like this: Kallis

KKR stalwart rues lost semi-finals spot; glad to go out on winning note

Coming with the tag of the IPL Champions, the Kolkata Knight Riders failed to live up to the mighty expectations off them. With two losses and a washed-out game, KKR had lost all hopes of making it to the semi-finals. However when they took field against the Titans, Gautam Gambhir’s men were out to salvage some lost pride. And with a massive 99-run win, they bid adieu to CLT20 2012 on a happy note.

After the match, clt20.com caught up with KKR’s stalwart, Jacques Kallis, who tried to reason his team’s indifferent performance in the first two matches. While ruing the fact that the team underperformed, the South African legend was happy to get one over the Titans in his own country.

Excerpts from his interview:

A good way to end the tournament?

It is. This was almost a perfect game for us. We came out and batted really well and paced the innings nicely. There were some fantastic individual knocks and then we bowled with the intensity we needed to bowl with. This was a nice way to end this campaign. The guys now go away to different parts of the globe and will play for different teams. Hopefully, they gain form again in time for the IPL.

It’s a pity we didn’t start of the tournament like this. I felt that we started playing some good cricket in Durban (against the Perth Scorchers) but unfortunately the weather stopped us from getting through to the next round. That was disappointing.

What went wrong in the first two games?

It was probably rustiness or the fact that we’re slow starters. You need a bit of luck in this game and perhaps the rub of the green didn’t quite go our way. But in our last two games we’ve played some really good cricket and that’s how we won the tournament in India. Hopefully, we can start off well again next year in the IPL.

Do you think KKR’s bowling attack is put together to suit the Indian conditions?

No, I think we’re a nicely balanced side. Today, on a wicket that had a bit of carry, we showed that we can succeed on all types of wickets. Yes, we’re used to playing in Kolkata where the scores are pretty low and the ball turns a bit. That’s where we’re probably most comfortable but I think we’re pretty decent outside of our home as well. You don’t win the IPL by only winning home games.

Are there any positives the team will take from this tournament?

The way the guys finished off was of the standard we should be playing with. Going into the next IPL we know that we’ve got a trophy behind us. There are a lot of positives and there’s no reason why we cannot win it again.

Which young batsman from KKR has impressed you?

Manoj Tiwary is a fantastic talent. Now he’s also been working on his bowling, which can only add to his strengths and give the captain an extra option or two. He’s come along as a player and is a fine striker of the ball. I expect big things from him.

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