Virat Kohli ended his stint as India’s 20-overs captain on a winning note after his side beat Namibia by nine wickets in a Twenty20 World Cup dead rubber.
Kohli’s bid to lead the inaugural champions to their second T20 World Cup title was effectively over after comprehensive defeats by Pakistan and New Zealand, both of whom reached the last four from group two.
The pre-tournament favourites won their last three matches but still crashed out of Kohli’s final tournament as India’s 20-overs captain.
Spin duo Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin split six wickets to restrict debutants Namibia to 132-8 at the Dubai International Stadium on Monday (Tuesday AEDT). Rohit Sharma (56) and KL Rahul (54 not out) smashed brisk 50s as India prevailed in the 16th over.
“It’s been an honour, but things have to be seen in the right perspective,” Kohli, who is also the Test and ODI captain, said.
“I thought this was the right time for me to manage my workload. It’s been six-seven years of intense cricket. Every time you take the field, it takes a lot out of you.
“We were not brave enough in the first two games, we suffered because of that. We knew that afterwards it would be complicated for us to go through.”
While India are yet to name who will succeed Kohli as T20 captain, the 33-year-old suggested it would be his deputy Rohit.
“I think it’s time for the next lot to take this team forward. Obviously, Rohit is here and he’s overlooking things for a while now,” Kohli said.
It was also the last match for head coach Ravi Shastri, who will be succeeded by former Test stalwart Rahul Dravid.
New Zealand will clash with reigning 50-overs world champions England in the first semi-final on Wednesday and Pakistan will meet Australia in the other last-four contest on Thursday.
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