‘These guys are physically and mentally drained’: Outgoing India coach Ravi Shastri admits his players need a rest after the pre-tournament favourites bow out of T20 World Cup with a win
- Pre-tournament favourites India bowed out of the T20 World Cup with a win
- India took a nine-wicket victory over Namibia after a disappointing tournament
- Outgoing coach Ravi Shastri admitted his players need a rest and are ‘drained’
India coach Ravi Shastri admitted his players are ‘physically and mentally drained’ as the pre-tournament favourites ended their T20 World Cup campaign with a nine-wicket win over Namibia.
India chased 133 with Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul making half-centuries.
Ravindra Jadeja took three for 16 and Ravichandran Ashwin recorded three for 20 in Namibia’s 132 for eight. Shastri said: ‘The players need rest now.
Tournament favourites India bowed out of the T20 World Cup with a victory over Namibia
Coach Ravi Shastri admitted his side were ‘mentally and physically drained’ after their win
‘I am mentally drained, but I expect that at my age, but these guys are physically and mentally drained,’ Shastri, 59, said.
‘They have spent six months in the bubble and we would have ideally liked a bigger gap between the IPL and the World Cup.
‘It is when the big games come and the pressure hits you, you are not as switched on as you should be.
‘It is not an excuse because we take defeat – we’re not scared of losing. In trying to win you will lose games, but here we didn’t try to win because the x-factor was missing.’
The match against Namibia was Shastri’s final game as coach, with ex-India batsman Rahul Dravid named as his successor last week.
India chased 133 in their final game, with Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul making half-centuries
Ex-India batsman Rahul Dravid (above) was named as the successor to Shastri last week
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