Sydney, Mar 26: Team India's journey at the ICC World Cup 2015 finally came to an end as Australia applied a brake to their winning streak in the crucial semi final game at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Thursday.
What's more saddening for billions of supporters, back home, is that despite staying in the Australian sub continent for almost 120 days (4 months) Men in Blue did not manage to beat Australians even on a single occasion.
India's poor show against a formidable Australia which began with the start of its bilateral series which started from November, last year, continued today as well.
From the very start of the long and important Australian tour, former cricketers and experts backed Team India to win matches - both Tests and ODIs, but in the end it has been a forgettable one.
The tour also had its share of controversy when MS Dhoni retired from the five-day game midway through the 4-Test series, which the team lost 0-2. Dhoni quit Tests after the third match of the rubber in Melbourne.[Another low: India end Australia tour winless, first time in 47 years]
In the tri-series that followed after the Tests, India lost twice to England and once to Australia while the other game against the hosts was washed out. India were expected to do much better in the tri-series but disappointed.
It turned out to be India's worst tour Down Under since 1967-68. For the first time since that trip, India did not manage to win a single game - Practice, Test or ODI.
Leaving its poor show and controversies behind, the defending champions started afresh in the World Cup tournament. With their clinical performances against teams like Pakistan, South Africa and West Indies, Dhoni & Co emerged as the top contender for the title.
Entering knock out stage after winning all group matches further cemented the hopes that the defending champions will comfortably defend their World Cup title.
Finally, Men in Blue's a dream come true journey came to an abrupt end against formidable Australians, which had 100 per cent winning record against them in this summer.
Team India just failed to perform as a team against Australia which managed to build pressure over former and went on posting a mammoth target of 329 runs to chase.
Indian bowlers who had bowled every side out in all the games they played couldn't repeat the same.
Eventually, the target proved daunting for the Indian side and Men in Blue were bundled out at 233 and Australia won the match comfortably.