The Indian men’s cricket team’s run to the current 2021 T20 World Cup came to an end when New Zealand dominated Afghanistan in Sunday’s meeting.
The men in blue depended on the disappointing Afghanistan’s Kane Williamson team but it was not to be. This is the first time India has failed to advance to the semi-finals of an ICC event in the past nine years.
India has done short work of Namibia to lift the curtain on the Kohli-Shastri era in the T20s. From the atmosphere of the stadium to the body language of the players, it was a farewell to India. The match started in front of a practically empty grandstands and ended with a participation of around 5,000 people. For India, it was a matter of going through the stages. After limiting Namibia to 132/8, an easy nine-wicket victory was achieved with 28 balls to spare.
Indian cricketers have taken to Twitter to express their disappointments.
It’s not the ideal World Cup for us, but we are learning and growing.
Thank you to all of our fans for their love and support.
Thank you to our coaches for helping us grow as cricketers. Big thumbs up to @imVkohli for being a leader and setting an example and for all that you have done for us. ?? pic.twitter.com/oejHdUvCZ8
– KL Rahul (@ klrahul11) November 9, 2021
Together, we set ourselves the goal of achieving our goal. Unfortunately we did not succeed and no one is more disappointed than us as a team. The support from all of you has been fantastic and we appreciate it. We will try to come back stronger and do our best. I Hindð®ð³ð pic.twitter.com/UMUQgInHrV
– Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 8, 2021
This was not how we wanted our World Cup campaign to go. We failed but we will work twice as hard to reward the faith and support our fans have shown us. Thank you to everyone who encouraged us in the stadiums and to everyone at home ð®ð³ pic.twitter.com/n8ZnHhEm6H
– hardik pandya (@ hardikpandya7) November 9, 2021
Former international cricketers have also been put off by India’s untimely exit from the World Cup.
– RP Singh à¤ªà¥à¤°à¤¤à¤¾à¤ª à¤¸à¤¿à¤à¤¹ (@rpsingh) November 7, 2021
– parthiv patel (@ parthiv9) November 7, 2021
– Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) November 7, 2021
In the process, Rohit Sharma marked his second half-century of the tournament and became the second Indian to surpass 3,000 T20I races after Virat Kohli. The outgoing captain and the designated captain are the batting royalty of India. But both would like to forget this T20 World Cup.