Trinidad & Tobago player Kevon Cooper said that, it was "a dream come true" after he kept his team's semi-final hopes alive with a knock of 11-ball 25 against the Cape Cobras on Tuesday.
"It's a good feeling. It's difficult to express my feelings right now. After watching the guys play international cricket on TV, and then playing against them, playing a big knock for my team, it is something I dream about. I am happy right now and hope for better things now," Cooper said.
Asked if Tuesday's knock would help him get to the next level just like Kieron Pollard's knock did during the first edition of the tournament, he answered, "Hopefully, but I wasn't thinking about that. I just wanted to get out there and perform for my team and take on the bowlers and deliver for my team tonight."
This was the first time T&T had successfully chased a target in the tournament, but Cooper said there were no specific strategies involved on Tuesday.
"Skipper Darren (Ganga) and the team management had asked us to keep an open mind, regardless of whether we batted first or bowled first. We really wanted to win and I am proud to have played good cricket."
T&T skipper Darren Ganga lauded Cooper's contribution.
"Ever since he was selected for T&T at the age of 16, he has shown promise and talent and it's really great to see him win this match, so congratulations to him and the entire team," Ganga said.
Ganga feels their performance till now has been something they can be proud of.
"If it doesn't happen (provided they don't qualify for semis), we can still hold our heads high. We came here without our three biggest players and people didn't give us a chance. We had a qualifying round.
"I got information that a lot of Trinidadians wanted to make the journey (to India [ Images ]) to support the side but they didn't because they had reservations about us going forward in the tournament. I've said time and time again, this is a team, not individual or about two or three players and we work hard as a team."
A disappointed Cape Cobras captain Justin Kemp, on Tuesday, blamed a below-par bowling performance by his side throughout the tournament for their elimination from the Champions League [ Images ] Twenty20 [ Images ] after losing at the hands of Trinidad and Tobago in Chennai.
"It's disappointing, but to be fair we haven't bowled well at all, really. We've made crucial mistakes which you can't make at this level and unfortunately it caught up with us tonight. You can't be bowling three, four no-balls in one over, (which means) you're struggling. You're chasing a relatively low score, if you bowl a few wides too, it doesn't make it any easier," Kemp said.