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Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya expressed his disappointment on India’s exit from T20 World Cup. Team India won’t progress in the T20 World Cup after New Zealand defeated Afghanistan by eight wickets on Sunday.

Afghanistan’s loss not only meant their run in the tournament would end, but also India exited along with them.

India’s T20 World Cup 2021 hope ends:

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India lost their first two fixtures against Pakistan and New Zealand because of dismal performance with the bat, especially the top-order.

However, India won their remaining three matches against Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia, but that was too late for Virat Kohli & co.

Indian team and their fans were hoping for Afghanistan to win against the Black Caps so that the former could qualify in the semis on a superior net run rate.

But that wasn’t the case for the Indians, and they will have to be satisfied with their position in Group 2.

We fell short, but we will work twice as hard: Hardik Pandya

Pandya, who scored 69 runs in three innings, said that this wasn’t the way the team wanted the tournament to end and thanked all the supporters of the Indian team for backing them constantly.

This wasn’t how we wanted our World Cup campaign to go. We fell short, but we will work twice as hard to repay the faith and support shown to us by our fans. Thank you to everyone who cheered us on at the stadiums and everyone back home,” Hardik tweeted.

On Monday, India defeated Namibia by nine wickets in Dubai, and it was the last time Virat Kohli captained India in the T20I format.

It was not only Kohli’s last game as T20I skipper but also Indian head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar’s contracts coming to end.

This Wasn’t How We Wanted Our World Cup Campaign To Go: Hardik Pandya
Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli and R Sridhar. (Credits: Twitter)

Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid is appointed as India’s new head coach, and he will take the charge in the upcoming bilateral series against New Zealand at home.

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