India coach Ravi Shastri said his players are “physically and mentally drained” as the pre-tournament favourites ended their disappointing T20 World Cup campaign with a nine-wicket consolation win over Namibia.
The tournament ended an 11-month standoff for India, which saw a historic Test victory in Australia, eight Tests against England, a World Test Championship final against New Zealand and a white-ball series against England and Sri Lanka.
Their players spent almost six months in the bubbles between September 19 and October 15 before arriving in England in early June before the completion of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the United Arab Emirates. His first World Cup game was on October 24.
Shastri, who will now replace Rahul Dravid after five years in the service, said: “The players need rest now.
“I am mentally dehydrated, but I expect it at my age, but these people are physically and mentally asleep.
“They have spent six months in the bubble and we would like a big difference between the IPL and the World Cup.
“It’s when the big games come and the pressure is on you, you don’t switch as much as you should.
“It’s not an excuse because we lose – we’re not afraid to lose. You’ll lose games if you try to win, but here we didn’t try to win because the X Factor was missing.”
With three Twenty20s and two Tests against New Zealand starting November 17 before the series against South Africa, West Indies and Sri Lanka, there is no prospect of a break anytime soon – including a total of five Tests, six ODIs and There are 10 T20s – before the middle. March
New Zealand’s win over Afghanistan on Sunday ensured their progress in the last four and knocked out India.
India’s first two defeats left them needing to win their remaining three games, which they handled ruthlessly, but they also needed other results to get on their way.
The exit from the group stage comes after reaching the semi-finals of the 2019 50-over World Cup and finishing second in the World Test Championship, meaning India’s last victory in the ICC event was the 2013 Champions Trophy.
Nevertheless, Shastri said that his Indian team would be known as “one of the greatest teams in the history of the game” and that coming out soon would “take nothing away from a great team”.
It was Virat Kohli’s last game as Indian captain in the format, with the 33-year-old hinting that Rohit would take charge during his interview in the toss.
One of Rohit’s first jobs will be to decide that his team’s make-up and staff will have to move forward and Ashwin will be impressed after joining the team after three wins.
Rohit was his best fighter, hitting 56 off 37 balls with seven fours and two sixes, which broke India’s backbone.
KL Rahul, who scored an unbeaten 54, and Surya Kumar Yadav, who scored 25 not out, then shared an unbeaten 50 off 30 balls to take India home.
“It’s a margin game,” he said
India captain Virat Kohli: “The way we have played in the last three matches is a positive one. It’s a margin game. You talk about the intention of two overs in the first two matches and things could have been different.”
“We won’t discuss the toss because you have to do both well, whether you win or lose. We weren’t that brave in the first two matches.”
Namibia captain Gerhard Erasmus: “Immediate change means we have not been able to join the experiment. Only once we return will we realize that we have played at an excellent level of cricket and we have been able to compete. So, if we can continue playing, only cricket can thrive in such a tournament.
“We can take a lot of positive things individually and as a team we will take this experience as a whole. Hopefully this will lay the groundwork for us to take the next step.”