Cape Town: Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir on Sunday admitted that it was indeed 'very disappointing' not to have qualified for the semi-finals of the Champions League Twenty20.
"It is very disappointing not to have qualified for the semi-finals but this is not the end of the world. We will definitely come back stronger in the next edition of Indian Premier League," Gambhir said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
The skipper was however happy that his team produced a solid performance to defeat the Nashua Titans. "I still feel we are a quality side, we put this performance on the field today. When you get 180 in these conditions, you know you have the bowling to defend."
The skipper was all praise for Manvinder Bisla who started the onslaught and Debabrata Das who finished it with a flourish. "Credit to Das for the way finished the innings while Bisla batted brilliantly at the top of the order." Bengal boy Debabrata who won the man-of-the-match award said, "I was just told to go out there and play my game. My game is to see the ball and hit it."
Titans skipper Martin van Jaarsveld said that once KKR scored 188 for five, it was always going to be a catch-up game. "The moment they got first four through inside edge, we knew that it wasn't our day. They were like a runaway train today. We have a big match against Delhi on Tuesday, and we need to be up for it," he lamented.