It is a difficult pill to swallow. India is out of the World Cup. Virat Kohli‘s men were knocked out of the tournament following a bad phase of 30 minutes. And that half-an-hour was good enough for the exit of the team. However, it doesn’t change the fact that India has been superb in the last two years. The Men in Blue have ticked the right boxes as they have been a force to reckon with. Ravi Shastri has put his weight behind his team after their World Cup exit.

India had topped the points table with 15 points under their belt. The Virat Kohli’s led team had won seven out of the nine league matches with one match ending in no result. They had lost a solitary match against England in the league stages.

Ravi Shastri
Ravi Shastri. Credit: Getty Images

Meanwhile, New Zealand was right on the money in the first ten overs and they were able to get into India’s middle order early. India was left reeling at 5-3 and they were always behind in the game.

On the other hand, India’s head coach Ravi Shastri is proud of his boys. Shastri gave credit to his team for playing quality cricket in the last two years and said they can walk with their head held high.

“Walk out with your heads held high. Be proud. Those 30 minutes can’t erase the fact that you guys have been the best team in the last couple of years. You guys know it. One tournament, one series and that, too, 30 minutes of play can’t decide that. You guys have earned that respect. Of course, we are all hurt and disappointed but, in the end, be proud of what you have done for the last two years,” Ravi Shastri said while talking to Indian Express.

India was able to tick the right boxes with both bat and ball. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were able to deliver the goods with the bat. Rohit Sharma is still the leading run-getter of the tournament with 648 runs. Bumrah has been superb with the ball as the gun pacer took 18 wickets in the World Cup.

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“Look at how we bowled. The way the batsmen batted. A couple of youngsters might come in the middle and make this even stronger. It’s a team on the right path they know it.

“When you have played good and tough cricket for the last 30 months, this loss in the semi-final would hurt. It’s a tough pill to swallow and we are all gutted, but this is a sport. That’s why we play it,” Shastri added.

India will now tour West Indies for three One Day Internationals, as many T20Is and two Test matches.