Published: Thu, July 11, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Indian Cricket Fans Burn Posters in Reaction to World Cup Loss

Indian Cricket Fans Burn Posters in Reaction to World Cup Loss

Pre-tournament favourites India had topped the group table to book the semi-final clash with fourth-placed underdogs New Zealand.

Even as thousands of fans continue to blame MS Dhoni's slow innings for playing a role in India's semifinal defeat against New Zealand in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, Kiwis' skipper Kane Williamson's verdict on the Indian veteran reveals why he is still one of the biggest legends of the sport.

In his post-match interview, current India captain Virat Kohli announced that Dhoni had not informed his teammates of any decision he had taken regarding his future career. India is close to my heart and a large part of me will share the pain of the players and the millions of supporters.

In what was dubbed a "moment of brilliance", Guptill collected the ball from infield and instinctively launched the ball towards the stumps, bypassing the onrushing Colin de Grandhomme anticipating the throw at the wicket.

"The other batsmen also did not show much intent until Jadeja came in and played superbly".

"It was unfortunate that Jadeja got out to a ball that he could have hit for a six". Jadeja (77) and Dhoni's (50) seventh-wicket partnership put India back in the game but ultimately it was Boult and Henry's new ball brilliance that proved decisive in the end.

He also termed 37-year-old Dhoni as legend.

Kohli rated Jadeja' rear-guard knock as one of the best he has ever seen of the left-hander, which raised visions of an improbable win for India.

"But whatever happens it's going to be a great occasion, and the Black Caps can go into that game with a lot of confidence behind them". "However, he was unfortunate and couldn't take India to the finals".

New Zealand will now play either Australia or England in the finals to be played on Sunday at Lord's.

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