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 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup campaign on a positive note with a victory over Namibia in the team’s final Super 12 match in Dubai on Monday.

On Sunday, New Zealand comprehensively beat Afghanistan under the blazing afternoon sun at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi despite the hopes of many a Indian fan.

The mood in the Indian team camp was evident when BCCI’s official media WhatsApp group had a message for the journalists: “The optional training session in the evening has been cancelled.”

‘Heartbreak for India’, ‘best four teams qualified’: Reactions to NZ reaching T20 World Cup semis

It was understandable dejection as for the first time since the 2012 edition of this event, India had failed to make the knockout stage of an ICC event.

India vs Namibia (across all formats)

Result Margin Event Ground Start Date
India won 181 runs 2003 ODI World Cup Pietermaritzburg 23 Feb 2003

The Indian players, who kept…

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