IND vs NAM Highlights: India beat Namibia by nine wickets
Even a win felt like a defeat as India are ruled out of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021. In the last game of Virat Kohli as the T20I captain for India, the 'men in blue' piped Namibia by nine wickets to clinch an easy win.
Virat Kohli: Relief firstly (on leaving T20I captaincy). It's been a honor but things need to be kept at the right perspective. I felt this was the right time to manage my workload. It's been six or seven years of heavy workload and there is a lot of pressure. The guys have been fantastic, I know we haven't got the results here but we have played some really good cricket. The guys have really made my work easier. The way we played the last three games, it's a game of margins - T20 cricket these days. Two overs of attacking cricket at the top is what we were missing in the first two games. As I said, we weren't brave enough in those games and in the group we were in, it was tough. A big thank you to all those guys (Ravi Shastri and his support staff). They have done a great job over the years, creating such a wonderful environment for the players. People loved to get back to the atmosphere. They have done a really great job. That (his aggression) is never going to change. The day it does, I'll stop playing cricket. Even before I became captain, I have always loved to contribute in some way or the other. Surya didn't get much game time in this World Cup, so I thought it will be a nice memory to take back. That was the idea (behind not batting himself).
Gerhard Erasmus: We haven't quite been able to really soak in (the experience) due to the quick turnaround between games. Only once we get back home, we'll be able to realise that we played awesome levels of cricket and were to compete against some strong teams. Quite a few highlight performances individually to take home as positives, and also as a team. Good positives and hopefully we can work to get better. Hopefully we have inspired a few people with our performances to take up the sport.
Ravindra Jadeja | Player of the Match | 4-0-16-3: As a bowler I enjoyed the game, the ball was dry and that is always good for a spinner. Some turned and some didn't so the batsman had to keep guessing. I've been playing with Ashwin for 10 years, he's played well in the IPL with the white ball, and he's brought that here. Virat has been a wonderful captain, and I've played with him for 10-12 years. He is always positive and aggressive and that's what you want as a player. Bharat Arun, Mr. Sridhar, and Shastri bhai were really good to support us, and whoever comes next, we'll look to continue the momentum.
7:20 PM: Kohli says 'it's an honour to be Indian captain, gave my best'
Standing for a toss as India's T20 captain, Kohli said: It's been an honour to captain India and I've done my best. The shortest format has to give way for the longer formats. I've been grateful for the opportunity. It's time for the next lot to take the team forward. Rohit has been looking on anyway, and Indian cricket is in good hands."
7:09 PM India makes a change in playing XI, Rahul Chahar makes World Cup debut as Varun Chakravarthy sits out.
Namibia Stephan Baard, Michael van Lingen, Craig Williams, Gerhard Erasmus(c), Zane Green(w), David Wiese, Jan Frylinck, JJ Smit, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Ruben Trumpelmann, Bernard Scholtz
7:04 PM The Indian captain has won the toss and has invited Namibia to bat first.
7:02 PM Pitch Report (Shane Watson): The wicket is beautiful, nice and dry and compact, so the ball will go through beautifully. Not much of an advantage batting first or second. The only advantage batting second will be the dew, so it will be harder to hold the ball, but the wicket is beautiful to bat and bowl on.
6:49 PM INJURY UPDATES
Jan Frylinck missed Namibia's noon game against New Zealand on Friday due to dehydration. He should be fit and ready to return.
Outgoing head coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli, who will lead the country for one last time in the shortest format, would aim to finish India's underwhelming T20 World Cup campaign on a positive note with a victory over Namibia in the team's final Super 12 match on Monday. Around 6:30 pm, New Zealand hit the winning runs against Afghanistan much to the disappointment of the Indian fans, who were hoping against hope that a miracle will happen under the blazing afternoon sun at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
India Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (VC), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rahul Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy, Ravichandran Ashwin
Namibia Craig Williams, Michael van Lingen, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Gerhard Erasmus (c), Zane Green, David Wiese, JJ Smit, Jan Frylinck, Pikky Ya France, Ruben Trumpelmann, Bernard Scholtz, Stephan Baard, Michau du Preez, Karl Birkenstock, Ben Shikongo