Virat Kohli’s heartfelt message to fans after final match as India T20I Captain

Virat Kohli turned to social media after India's withdrawal from the 2017 T20 World Cup to thank supporters for their support and to express that the team is "disappointed" with their recent performances. The Men in Blue conquered Namibia in their final Super 12 match in Dubai on Monday but were unable to advance to the semi-finals when the Kiwis thrashed Afghanistan on Sunday.

After bringing India to win in his last game as T20I captain, Virat Kohli sent a heartfelt text with supporters on Twitter. Sharing photos from the event on the platform, the 33-year-old said they set out to accomplish their goal together but regrettably, they “fell short” and are “disappointed”. He continued by thanking everyone for their support, he added it’s been wonderful and they are very thankful for it. He added that they hope to “come back stronger” and put in their best effort in the future.

Kohli's final match as India's T20I captain was likewise a win over Namibia. He will continue to lead the side in ODIs and Tests. Kohli mentioned his deputy Rohit Sharma when claiming that India will be in "good hands" after he steps down as the format's captain.

In Group 2, India came in third behind Pakistan and New Zealand. Pakistan, New Zealand, England, and Australia are the sides that have advanced to the semi-finals.

India crushed Namibia by nine wickets on Monday. India raced to 136 for one in 15.2 overs, chasing a target of 133 runs, with KL Rahul hitting an incredible 54 runs off 36 balls. Rohit Sharma, the opener, too achieved a half-century with a 56-ball 56.

Namibia had earlier scored a total of 132 for eight in 20 overs, with David Wiese leading with 26 off 25 deliveries. Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin were both outstanding for India, each claiming three wickets.

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli and his teammates will depart from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the coming days, with a home series against New Zealand kicking off their cricketing calendar. Between November 2021 and July 2022, the squad will play six Tests, nine ODIs, and 21 T20Is in six series — four at home and two abroad.

The squad will welcome New Zealand, then the West Indies, Sri Lanka, and South Africa. Their overseas matches will be with South Africa and England. All Tests will be part of the World Test Championship (WTC) second cycle, while ODIs will be part of the ICC ODI Super League. Aside from the trips, the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 is also set to take place in April and May.