Namibia may have been well beaten by India in the final Super 12s game of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, but it is the Africans who leave the UAE with their reputation greatly enhanced.
A nine-wicket triumph for India will do little to soften the blow of missing out on the semi-finals after losing their opening two games to Pakistan and New Zealand, the two sides to progress from Group 2.
Virat Kohli’s reign as T20 skipper came to an end with a victory but his opposite number Gerhard Erasmus and his side have come out better from their stint in the Middle East.
Namibia made history by making the Super 12s after beating Ireland in the first round on their first World Cup appearance.
The impressive results did not stop there for the debutants as Scotland – who had blitzed the first round, beating Bangladesh – fell to a four-wicket defeat against them.
Namibia had an off day against Afghanistan but showed some real fighting spirit against Pakistan, the outstanding team of the tournament so far.
The bowlers had worked well to restrict Pakistan to 59 runs from the first 10 overs before an avalanche of late hitting saw them post 189.
In reply, Namibia were always a long shot…