Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib says his side missed out on beating India because the players were “emotional inside”.
After restricting India to 224-8 in Saturday’s clash at The Ageas Bowl, Afghanistan were halfway there to pulling off one of the biggest World Cup shocks ever and securing their first win of the tournament.
However, paceman Shami’s hat-trick in the final over saw the Afghans bowled out for 213 in 49.5 overs as they fell to an agonising 11-run defeat in Southampton.
Speaking after the loss, skipper Naib believes the pure emotion of potentially beating India got to his players. “At one point I thought we might be able to win easily, but in the end we were all emotional inside,” he was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“We’re upset because we had a chance for a victory which would be a big achievement for any team. “We missed the opportunity to beat India. They are my favourite team and I support them when I am watching.
Virat Kohli is my favourite player and it was great to play against him. But we came back strongly from our last game, which was important.”Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.