From Virat Kohli to Hardik Pandya...How top Indian players reacted to the loss as they come home with a grave fiasco!

The Indian cricket team turned its route towards home when millions believed that it would go towards the Melbourne Cricket Ground to play the finals against Pakistan in the ongoing T20 world cup in Australia, as the flawed performance in Thursday's semi-finals drove the team to a detour. India lost the must-win battle to England by ten wickets and conveniently let the latter enter the finals. 

India, despite delivering hailing performances in the league, fell to the Hales- Buttler combo that put out a terrific partnership in the semi-finals to award a humiliating defeat to the men-in-blue. It was in fact a frustrating fiasco that shocked the Indian fans across and beyond the arena with Indian skipper Rohit Sharma breaking down into tears shortly after the debacle. 

Now, with that disappointment, the Indian team is all set to leave Australia and come home and the sense of distraught was ostensibly visible with the players as they packed up from the dressing room by leaving the title behind. In midst of letting the English players record a historical chase of 170 runs without losing wickets, the Indian players are being solaced by the fans and former players and there were words of a breather from senior players of the team. 

India's batsman Virat Kohli, who was a vital force behind the team's victories in the league and behind putting a defendable score in the semi-finals on Thursday, expressed his mind that the team is leaving Australia without achieving the dream. Taking to Twitter, Kohli wrote, "We leave Australian shores short of achieving our dream and with disappointment in our hearts but we can take back a lot of memorable moments as a group and aim to get better from here on." 

"Thank you to all our fans who turned up in huge numbers throughout to support us in the stadiums. Always feel proud to wear this jersey and represent our country", he added. All-rounder Hardik Pandya, who delivered a brilliant knock in Thursday's match, divulged how he is distressed over the defeat. He shared some pictures on social media and extended his gratitude to the support staff and fans and said that the team will keep fighting. 

Pandya wrote, "Devastated, gutted, hurt. Tough to take, for all of us. To my teammates, I’ve enjoyed the bond that we built - we fought for each other every step of the way. Thank you to our support staff for their endless dedication and hard work for months on end. To our fans who backed us everywhere we went, we’re forever grateful. It wasn’t meant to be but we’ll reflect and keep fighting." 

Suryakumar Yadav, the batsman who glittered in the past few matches through his ace batting, said that the team will come back stronger. Taking to Twitter, he wrote, "Hurtful loss. Hurtful loss. Forever grateful to our fans who create an electrifying atmosphere, no matter where we play. Thankful for the undying support for each other, and proud of the hard work put in by this team & support staff. Proud to play for my country. We will reflect & come back stronger." 

Embracing the defeat, Indian captain Rohit Sharma divulged where the team has failed to show up against the fiery English batsmen. Speaking at the post-match presentation on Thursday, Rohit Sharma said, "Pretty disappointed how it turned out today. We batted well at the back end to get that score." "We were not up to the mark with the ball. It was definitely not a wicket where a team can come and chase it down in 16 overs. With the ball, we couldn't turn up today. The way we started with the ball was not ideal. We were a little nervous", he added.