As a result of India’s elimination from the T20 World Cup semi-finals, Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli, who have elected to step down as captain in the shorter format, will now face the Super 12 against Namibia on Monday. With a victory, the final league can call it a season.
New Zealand beat Afghanistan in the World Cup quarterfinals at 6.30 pm IST, disappointing Indian fans who thought their country had a chance to advance.
“The optional practise session for the evening has been cancelled,” a message was sent to the Indian Cricket Board’s official media WhatsApp group for journalists.
This is the first time since 2012 that India has failed to make it to the knockout stages of an ICC competition, which explains the team’s dissatisfaction.
The Indian players watched the Afghanistan-New Zealand match, but they learned of their impending return to India only after the first innings had begun. This is a long-overdue opportunity for them to escape the bio-bubble.
Against Namibia, the Indian squad will do everything in its power to win big. Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, and other players may be given a shot in this encounter.
When India is required to play a formal match in ICC competition, this is a rare occurrence. While playing against South Africa after being eliminated from World Cup contention back in 1992, the team was presented with a similar predicament.
It’s not the first time the Indian team has failed to make it past the quarterfinals of a major international competition, but this is the most demoralizing failure yet. After India suffered its first World Cup (T20 and ODI) defeat at the hands of Pakistan, New Zealand made the correct call.
Shastri and his coaching staff will play their final game together on Sunday. It is possible that Kohli would lose the ODI captaincy in the coming days as well.
There were no semi-finals for the Indian squad during the 2013 Champions Trophy tournament. In 2013, India won the Champions Trophy in the 50-over format. After that, he finished second in the T20 World Cup in 2014, and the squad made it to the semi-finals in the 2015 ODI World Cup.
Despite losing the 2017 Champions Trophy final to Pakistan, India made it to the 2016 T20 World Cup semi-finals. After this, the ODI World Cup finished in the semi-finals in 2019, while the World Test Championship ended in second place.
After defeating Scotland, Namibia will be hoping to make a mark against a formidable opponent like India.
The teams are as follows:
India: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Rahul Chahar, Varun Chakraborty, Shardul Thakur
Namibia: Gerhard Erasmus (captain), Stefan Bard, Karl Birkenstock, Michou du Preez, Jan Freelink, Zayn Greene, Nicole Lofi-Eaton, Bernard Scholtz, Ben Shikongo, JJ Smit, Ruben Trumpelmann, Michael van Lingen, David Wiese, Craig Williams And Pikki or France.
The match will start at 7.30 pm.