We need to improve our performance: Jacques Kallis

Jacques Kallis said KKR team is eagerly waiting Gautam Gambhir’s return for the CLT20 main draw AFP

Hyderabad: Sep 21, 2011

Kolkata Knight Riders’ skipper, Jacques Kallis, has urged his team to come up with an improved performance in the main round of Champions League Twenty20 championship.

Despite losing their final qualifier against Somerset by 11 runs, Kolkata Knight Riders still managed to make it to the 10-team main tournament as the third highest ranked side in the six-team qualifying round on better net run rate.

“To be brutally honest, it was a poor performance. We fielded poorly, didn’t bat well. We need to improve our performance,” Kallis said at the post-match presentation ceremony.”

When asked what team owner Shah Rukh Khan as to say on the performance , Kallis said: ” He (Shah Rukh Khan) is very pleased that we have qualified. That was the main objective when we came here to the qualifying round.”

The veteran South African all-rounder picked Holland’s most experienced batsman Ryan ten Doeschate for special praise. Chasing a victory target of 167, Doeschate (46) waged a lone battle to help Kolkata reach their qualification target of 153 runs.

“Ryan played an exceptional innings to get us through.

When we lost a couple of wickets up front, we realised we didn’t need to be heroes,” he said.

Asked about regular skipper Gautam Gambhir’s chances of playing in the main round of Champions League, Kallis said, “It looks like Gautam Gambhir will be ready. He is taking it day by day. We will take a call closer to the [match] day. He’s still got four days to try and recover and get match fit. We are hoping he gets fit in time. He is a world-class player and everyone in the team is waiting for his return.”

Gambhir suffered a concussion during the fourth Test against England last month. It ruled him out of the rest of the tour and also cast a shadow on his participation in the CLT20.

On Yusuf Pathan, who failed to guide the Kolkata based to victory, Kallis said: “You can’t expect a guy to come out and perform every single time. I have no doubts that there is a big innings that he is going to come out and play for us and win us a game. He has done it throughout his career.”

KKR would be blostered by the arrival of Brad Haddin, who will be available for the CLT20 main draw.

“Brad just got here today. So, we have another guy to choose from,” Kallis concluded.

Somerset captain Alfonso Thomas said they would look to replicate the success of qualifiers in the main round of CLT20.

“Guys did a great job for us. We want to replicate the success of qualifiers in the main event. We are waiting on the likes of Jos Butler and Craig Kiewstter to boost our side.”

Man-of-the-match Somerset opener Peter Trego, who contributed both with the bat and the ball, said, “Feeling very proud. Been playing for Somerset for some time but this, one of the proudest nights of my career with them. We had nothing to lose as outsiders, so we can give it our all.”(PTI)