Team India faced their second successive defeat in the Super 12 stage of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. While Indian fans were hoping that the Men in Blue will bounce back in some style after facing a defeat against Pakistan in their opening game, it was not to be as Kohli & Co faced an 8-wicket thrashing from the Kiwis.
Cricketer Dinesh Karthik has come out to say that the players will be dealing with their inner demons once they go to the dressing room and asked the Indian team fans to be kind and show some empathy towards the players.
DK highlighted that India's campaign has been a long ride since the time they left the Indian shores back in May. He said that they have been part of pressure situations throughout these months and it could be a tough defeat to swallow for the cricketers themselves.
Indian players will be dealing with a lot of inner demons: Karthik
"When you go back to a room, you’re all by yourself and you know you’ll be asking a lot of questions to yourself and you’ll be dealing with a lot of inner demons. I just wish all the supporters of India understand and are in many ways kind to the Indian team," Karthik said on a Cricbuzz show.
"Because when they left the Indian shores, it was on May 19th and as we sit here and speak today it is closing in on November, and every day has been pressure-filled. I do hope that you know people cut them some slack and have some empathy," he added.
There is positivity in the Indian dressing room: DK
However, he was convinced that there will be some positivity around the Indian team as there are the likes of Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni in the dugout along with Ravi Shastri.
"We have one of the most charismatic cricketers (Virat Kohli) and one of the greatest leaders (MS Dhoni) there, so you don’t need any better help than him. Apart from that, you have Ravi Shastri who’s pretty positive and has good things to say constantly about Indian cricket and the Indian cricketers so you know you have positivity there," Karthik said.
Meanwhile, all that India can do from here is win big in their remaining league matches against Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia. However, that would not be sufficient to secure a place in the semifinals as they would have to depend on other results.