Harare, June 14: Zimbabwe's dismal performance against India in the opening two One Day Internationals which resulted in losing the series has left team's interim coach Makhaya Ntini fuming.
Yesterday (June 13), India defeated the home team by 8 wickets to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI rubber. In the opener, the MS Dhoni-led side won by 9 wickets.
In both matches, the hosts' batsmen failed. First, they were bundled out for 168 and then slumped even further, this time for 126 all out in the second game.
"I almost hanged myself. If there was a tomato tree outside I would have hanged myself in that tomato tree," Ntini was quoted as saying by "AFP" news agency after the series loss on Monday (June 13).
"It's no good. We have experienced players with us who can easily read the game. We were in the perfect position," the former South African fast bowler added.
Not only the coach but the Zimbabwean fans were also disappointed with the team's abject surrender in the series.
"We cannot support disaster, calamity and quagmire of epic proportions," read a placard at the Harare Sports Club, venue of the matches.
"We are disappointed," was another placard in the stadium.
Another fan had held this, "Zimbabwe cricket players should be arrested and face treason."
The third and final ODI will be played tomorrow (June 15). This will be followed by 3 Twenty20 Internationals starting on Saturday (June 18).
Bleak days in Harare. The few Zim fans who have turned up are making their feelings known pic.twitter.com/5SQ1dqPAU4— Tristan Holme (@tristanholme) June 13, 2016
The diehard supporters usually occupy Castle Corner, but have abandoned it as part of their protest. Deep stuff pic.twitter.com/p88VIK2zXW— Tristan Holme (@tristanholme) June 13, 2016