Indian cricket team physiotherapist Patrick Farhat wished the team and thanked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for their support on his last day at work, after India's 18-run loss to New Zealand in the semifinal here on Wednesday.
"Whilst my last day with the team did not turn out as I wanted it to, I would like to thank @BCCI for the opportunity to work with the team for the last 4 years. My best wishes to all of the players and support staff for the future," Farhat said in a tweet.
Whilst my last day with the team did not turn out as I wanted it to, I would like to thank @BCCI for the opportunity to work with the team for the last 4 years. My best wishes to all of the players and support staff for the future #TeamIndia— Patrick Farhart (@patrickfarhart) July 10, 2019
The Australian joined the team in 2015 with almost three decades of professional experience.
Tournament favourites India lost to the Kiwis after restricting them to 239/8 in the rain-hit semifinal played over two days.
Indian batters were undone by Matt Henry's brilliant opening spell as he returned figures of 3/37. Ravindra Jadeja (77) and M.S. Dhoni (50) shared a 116-run stand for the seventh wicket, but in the end that proved to be not enough, especially after Dhoni was caught short of crease by a brilliant direct hit from Martin Guptill.
Praising Jadeja’s knock which almost saw India through, skipper Kohli said after the match, ”I don't think any of us had to say anything to Jadeja after what happened over the last one week. He was quite ready to just get on to the park, to be honest. And you saw the passion with which he played and we have seen it in Test cricket a few times, he's played knocks under tremendous pressure and he's got three triple hundreds in first class cricket if I'm not wrong. So obviously the talent has always been there.”
"Watching and playing with Jadeja for 10 years, this is probably his best knock according to me because of the kind of pressure we were in, almost out of the game, and then he produces that knock. He was very motivated.”
Before the semis, India were in rampaging form, winning their seven of the eight group games played with the one against New Zealand washed out. Kohli and Co. only lost to fellow favourites and hosts England en route to the knockouts, finishing top of the ten-team points table.