We can't think of the semi-finals now: Ganguly

Updated: 16 May 2008 16:41 IST

Ganguly is relieved with his Kolkata Knight Riders team getting back to the winning mode but the left-handed batsman was not thinking about the semis now.

Hyderabad:

Sourav Ganguly is relieved with his Kolkata Knight Riders team getting back to the winning mode but the left-handed batsman was not thinking about the semi-finals as yet.

"We have to wait and see. You can't think of the semi-finals now," Ganguly said.

Asserting that his team was the "worst" affected after three of his players left for national duty, Ganguly said today's win was significant for the team.

"It was an important game for us. we lost a couple of matches in a row earlier. In terms of losing players we are the worst effected. This game was very crucial and we had to win it," said the former India skipper.

When asked if Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar will play the next game, which is against the Delhi Daredevils on Tuesday in Kolkata, Ganguly said it was still not sure.

"If he is fit he will play the next match," he said.

Adam Gilchrist, Deccan Chargers stand-in captain, did not hide his disappointment at the lose.

"It is very disappointing, we can't change anything, we can look forward to what we can do to improve as how we can salvage from rest of the tournament. Obviously, we will try to look at the bigger picture, its not going to be easy, what we can do for salvage," Gilchrist said.

Gilchrist though praised Venugopal Rao for his blistering innings of 71.

"There are a couple of positives there, you have Venugopal Rao, he played a brilliant innings. Obviously the reality is that we are not in form and we know that we have to take responsibility for that," said the leg-spinner.

Topics : Cricket
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