Former South Africa speedster Dale Steyn expressed his solidarity in India’s loss against New Zealand on Sunday.
On Sunday, India suffered their second loss in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 after they went down to New Zealand by eight wickets at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
New Zealand thump India by eight wickets
On a day where it was a must-win for the Men in Blues to stay alive in the tournament, nothing seemed to go right their way.
Firstly, they lost a crucial toss (which is never in anyone’s control) and were asked to bat first once again.
The revelation of Ishan Kishan ahead of Rohit Sharma as India’s opener didn’t paid well as the southpaw went for four in the early stage.
Rohit, coming to bat at No.3, couldn’t do much and got out to a mistimed shot of Ish Sodhi’s bowling.
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s big shots, that too came late in the innings, pushed India to a paltry score of 110/7.
From not picking a single wicket against Pakistan, India found a couple of them with pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah striking on both occasions.
But the Indian bowlers didn’t had much to defend on their path as New Zealand sealed their first win of the tournament with skipper Kane Williamson remained unbeaten on 33.
Virat Kohli will be gutted: Dale Steyn
Steyn sympathised Kohli, who is captaining India for the last time in the shortest format and will give up the T20I captaincy once tournament is over.
“Virat Kohli will be gutted, losing a game they just had to win tonight whereas New Zealand will be jubilant. I feel bad for India,” Steyn told Star Sports.
India have their remaining three games left against Scotland, Afghanistan and Namibia and even winning all of them won’t guarantee them a spot in the semi-final with subject to net run rate.