Published: Thu, July 11, 2019
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India's Kohli says fans should be 'measured' after World Cup woe

India's Kohli says fans should be 'measured' after World Cup woe

Reeling at 3 for five and then four for 24 in pursuit of 240, Jadeja played a fine counter-attacking 77 off 56 balls to raise hopes of an improbable India win, his performance also acting as a response to Manjrekar's critical remark.

Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar said the target was straightforward but India had been too reliant on the top three in the batting order - Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and captain Virat Kohli - who each only scored one run. Even in the Champions Trophy final in 2017, he made just 5. "So there are many things that we can take back as positives". The Virat Kohli-led India were one of the pre-tournament favourites and did justice to their reputation barring the semi-finals where one bad day in the office ended their dreams.

"I have to apologise to him (Ravindra Jadeja), he was looking for me but I wasn't there".

New Zealand stunned favorites India by 18 runs, after they defended their low score of 239/8, bowling India out for just 221 runs in 49.3 overs.

India topped the league stage winning seven of their nine matches with one being washed out.

"A semi-final adds so much pressure, so when you're able to deliver under that type of strain, it's something else. they bowled impeccably. and that pressure tells on the batsmen, so they really earned the wickets".

"India needed experience at that stage".

The unexpected loss left a largely Indian-dominated crowd at Old Trafford disappointed, while a billion fans back home tried to come to terms with the heartbreaking end of the team's bid for a third World Cup crown.


The Black Caps celebrate Jimmy Neesham's brilliant catch in their World Cup semifinal.

They do not play with the same razzmatazz as they did four years ago.

It was Ambati Rayudu who had been persisted with the most in that position but he was dropped for Vijay Shankar just months before the World Cup.

The situation on Wednesday was tailor-made for MS Dhoni to compose a rescue act but the veteran wicketkeeper bafflingly walked in to bat at No7 instead of being promoted.

Videos and images soon went viral of the people of Srinagar setting off firecrackers and chanting pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans.

And former greats Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman said that Dhoni's experience meant he should have batted higher in the order.

"The one criticism (for selectors) is that they fiddled around the middle order". Pant come out with a fearless approach and kept releasing the pressure from time to time with eye-catching shots until the moment he got out.

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