"Short of achieving our dream" - Virat Kohli pens an emotional note after WC exit
On Thursday, India suffered a humiliating exit from the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022 with a loss against England in the semi-final at the Adelaide Oval. England registered a thumping 10-wicket win, and that ended India's dream of winning the T20 World Cup.
Batting first, India posted a total of 168/6 in their 20 overs. Virat Kohli carried on his form and scored 50 runs off 40 balls. In the end, a brilliant cameo from Hardik Pandya helped India reach this competitive total. He scored 63 off 33 balls, with four fours and five sixes.
In reply, both English openers started playing their shots from the very first over and kept the pressure on the Indian bowlers. Eventually, they chased down the target of 170 runs in just 16 overs without losing any wickets. Jos Buttler made an unbeaten 80* off 49 balls, while Alex Hales was not out on 86 off 47 deliveries.
After the loss, the former Indian captain Virat Kohli also shared an emotional note on Twitter, thanking fans. He tweeted, "We leave Australian shores short of achieving our dream and with disappointment in our hearts but we can take back a lot of memorable moments as a group and aim to get better from here on."
Thank you to all our fans who turned up in huge numbers throughout to support us in the stadiums. Always feel proud to wear this jersey and represent our country 🇮🇳💙— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 11, 2022
Virat is the leading run-scorer in the ongoing tournament. He has 296 runs scored in 6 innings with an average of 98.67 and a strike rate of 136.41. He also scored four half-centuries. However, these numbers are incredible for any individual, but Virat will leave the tournament without the trophy.
Notably, this was fourth semi-final loss for India in the ICC tournaemnts in past 8 years. They lost in the 2016 T20 World Cup and the 2015 and 2019 ODI World Cups as well as in the semi-finals.
India topped the group with four wins in five games and were pre-favorites to win the tournament. While Virat, who was looking out of touch a few months ago, found his rhythm in the Asia Cup 2022 and continued here in Australia. But eventually, it didn't end well, and India fell short of their dream.