India vs Namibia, 42nd Match, Group 2 (N), Dubai (DSC), Nov 8 2021, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup
Match Result: India won by 9 wickets (with 28 balls remaining)
Player of the Match: Ravindra Jadeja
Match Report: So, Virat Kohli doesn’t get to bat in his last game as T20I captain, but he does get to leave on a high. So does head coach Ravi Shastri for whom this is the last game of his coaching contract. Another clinical show from India – as ruthless as it gets. 132 was way too less on a good batting surface and the openers once again gave a rousing start, Rohit in particular looking high on intent from ball one.
Till he was there, KL was content to play single and doubles even while dishing out some signature strokes of his own. Once Rohit fell after a fine fifty, KL kicked on and along with Surya, ensured that the win was nailed with the best part of five overs left.
Virat Kohli: “Relief firstly (on leaving T20I captaincy). It’s been a honor but things need to be kept at the right perspective. I felt this was the right time to manage my workload. It’s been six or seven years of heavy workload and there is a lot of pressure. The guys have been fantastic, I know we haven’t got the results here but we have played some really good cricket. The guys have really made my work easier.
The way we played the last three games, it’s a game of margins – T20 cricket these days. Two overs of attacking cricket at the top is what we were missing in the first two games. As I said, we weren’t brave enough in those games and in the group we were in, it was tough. A big thank you to all those guys (Ravi Shastri and his support staff). They have done a great job over the years, creating such a wonderful environment for the players.
People loved to get back to the atmosphere. They have done a really great job. That (his aggression) is never going to change. The day it does, I’ll stop playing cricket. Even before I became captain, I have always loved to contribute in some way or the other. Surya didn’t get much game time in this World Cup, so I thought it will be a nice memory to take back. That was the idea (behind not batting himself).”
Gerhard Erasmus | Scotland captain: “We haven’t quite been able to really soak in (the experience) due to the quick turnaround between games. Only once we get back home, we’ll be able to realise that we played awesome levels of cricket and were to compete against some strong teams.
Quite a few highlight performances individually to take home as positives, and also as a team. Good positives and hopefully we can work to get better. Hopefully we have inspired a few people with our performances to take up the sport.”
Ravindra Jadeja | Player of the Match | 4-0-16-3: As a bowler I enjoyed the game, the ball was dry and that is always good for a spinner. Some turned and some didn’t so the batsman had to keep guessing. I’ve been playing with Ashwin for 10 years, he’s played well in the IPL with the white ball, and he’s brought that here.
Virat has been a wonderful captain, and I’ve played with him for 10-12 years. He is always positive and aggressive and that’s what you want as a player. Bharat Arun, Mr. Sridhar, and Shastri bhai were really good to support us, and whoever comes next, we’ll look to continue the momentum.