Difficult to Come to Terms With the Loss: Kohli After WC Exit
A visibly dejected Indian skipper Virat Kohli blamed 45 minutes of bad cricket in the Indian innings for the ouster of his side from the ICC World Cup on Wednesday, 10 July.
India lost to New Zealand by 18 runs in a two-day semi-final of the 2019 ICC World Cup in Manchester.
Speaking about the delay in MS Dhoni’s arrival at the crease, Virat shed light on the plan behind the move.
Dhoni eventually came out to bat at number six after Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya. The former captain put up a 116-run stand with Ravindra Jadeja before he was dismissed for 50 off 72 balls.
Kohli praised the New Zealand bowlers for sticking to their plans and getting their side the desired result.
The skipper had nothing but word of praise for Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni, whose 116-run stand for the seventh wicket kept India in contention till the last few overs.
“At times, I think our shot-selection could have been better. Otherwise, we played a really good brand of cricket. Really proud of the way we competed throughout the tournament,” added Kohli.
Kohli felt that the Kiwis deserved to be in the final for showing more composure.
New Zealand will be in their second successive World Cup final and will face the winner of the second semi-final, which will be played between Australia and England on Thursday, 11 July in Birmingham.
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