After a tight game against minnows Hong Kong, even the Men in Blue did not expect such sub-par showing from their arch rivals.
The Indian contingent won 15 gold medals in Jakarta but not before many of their families put their gold, silver and bronze on the line to bring them here.
A sportsman is resilient in the face of adversity, patient in times of chaos, efficient when needed, elegant when expected.
What a befitting end to a quite bewildering month!
Fearless Croatia defeated jittery England, but football was the ultimate winner.