India captain Rahul Dravid was in disconsolate mood after his team's 69-run defeat against Sri Lanka all but sealed their World Cup exit.
Dravid saw his star batsmen dismissed cheaply
Dravid made a determined 60, batting with a runner towards the end of his knock, but was the only India batsman to pass fifty in a dismal 185 all out.
"I have played in three World Cup tournaments and this is definitely my worst," a terse Indian skipper said.
"We had our fate in our own hands and could not live up to expectations."
Dravid was at a loss to explain why a team featuring Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Mahendra Dhoni and himself could not score more than 185.
"Batting is our strength and there was nothing in the wicket to stop us from getting 255," he said.
"It was gettable but we failed to put together a substantial partnership and kept losing wickets regularly.
"That put us under pressure. But they played very well."