New Delhi: There was a resigned look on Sourav Ganguly's face when he was asked about his side's chances to make it to the semis before the Mumbai game. Though he smiled, you could not miss the pain behind it.
Now that they have ended their campaign on a happy note, perhaps they will introspect on their journey calmly. On a positive side, this was way better than their last show in South Africa, though they won't be boasting about it.
This time Ganguly's men were just one win short of qualifying for the semi-finals; something that has been far from their reach in the previous two seasons.
You have to admire Shah Rukh Khan and Ganguly for doing everything to turn it around for the Knight Riders. After last year's debacle, the Kolkata co-owner handed the reigns back to Ganguly, fired John Buchanan, conducted intensive interviews to appoint a new coach and then brought Dav Whatmore and Wasim Akram on board. However, disappointment keeps appearing on Kolkata's menu.
Perhaps, the Knight Riders will look to bolster their on-field support next year as Dada looked a lone man on most occasions. The fact that he lacked support from his team will be an understatement.
Ganguly tried his level best as a skipper and a player, albeit a few baffling decisions, but it was not to be with Kolkata floundering chances too often and hence, had to be content_cn with the sixth position on the points table.
But for all Kolkata fans, they were spared the humiliation this time. Their team came with some credible performances this year and they will take back quite a few fond memories. Chris Gayle's towering sixes at Eden, Murali Kartik's brilliant bowling, some solid knocks by the captain and perhaps, the best one will be Dada diving around in the field taking some blinders.
Even the staunchest of critics will agree this one from the Knight Riders wasn't bad.