Indian team eyes a consolation victory to honor Kohli and Shastri’s efforts

India’s fate was sealed on Sunday when New Zealand defeated Afghanistan to become the second team to qualify for the Semi-finals. Pakistan is the first team from Group 2.

Virat Kohli and Team India are all set to play their final game of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. Their fate was sealed on Sunday when New Zealand defeated Afghanistan to qualify for the Semi-finals. With Pakistan already qualified, it automatically meant that the rest of the teams were officially out of the race, and India was one of them. Along with the end of this campaign comes the end to India’s hope of winning a title under the able leadership of Virat Kohli and the coaching of Ravi Shastri.

The men in blue must be ruing those two matches they lost at the commencement of the tournament. It started with Pakistan winning the first encounter against India in a relatively comfortable fashion. This loss rattled India’s preparations, and they made too many changes in the next match against New Zealand to overcompensate. As a result, they lost that match too. Immediately they returned to their original plan in the third game and smashed 210 runs, but the ship had sailed by then. Both Pakistan and New Zealand refused to drop points, which led to India’s exit from the tournament.

On Monday, India will take the field against Namibia in their final game of the tournament. Since it will also be the last game of Virat Kohli as the captain and Ravi Shastri as the coach, they will try their level best to make sure that they end the campaign on a high note. Nothing can diminish the sorrow of bowing out of a tournament for which you were considered as hot favorites. Considering all the good things Kohli’s captaincy and Shastri as a coach has bought for India, they deserve to end their tenure with a victory, albeit a consolation one.

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