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

Indian fans hurt by World Cup exit but proud of team

Indian fans hurt by World Cup exit but proud of team

Chasing 240, India suffered from a top-order collapse and never recovered from it until Jadeja and Dhoni gave 1.3 billion Indian fans a glimmer of hope with their stupendous batting display.

Indian cricket fans were feeling pain rather than anger on Thursday as they tried to come to terms with their team's shocking World Cup semi-final defeat to New Zealand.

"Every game throughout the round-robin was worth a couple of points so they were all important", Williamson said.

Kohli insisted it was just a rare bad day at the office for India, who had finished the group stage in first place with seven wins from nine games before their disappointing semi-final exit.

In his post-match news conference, a glum captain Kohli said it was heart-breaking that his team, also the bookies' favourites to lift the trophy on Sunday, had to exit the showpiece due to some ordinary cricket in a 45 minute spell.

"Because many players will not be able to process it". Everything has to be balanced, like we want it to be on the field. While that did not look like a substantial total at the time, a pair of hard-worked half-centuries from Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor had made it clear that the surface was not easy for run-scoring.

"We are not shying away from accepting that we did not stand up to the challenge and we were not good enough under pressure".

On Wednesday, India lost to New Zealand by 18 runs at the Old Trafford to bow out of the competition. "We have to accept that and accept the failure as it shows on the scoreboard".

He even tweeted himself stating that New Zealand is Pakistan's, new love. "You make errors, you make decisions which are not right at that time and you have to accept it".

"In my watching Jadeja for 10 years, me playing with him as well, this is probably his top quality, like best knock according to me because the kind of pressure", Kohli said.

Kohli also quashed any knowledge of Dhoni potentially retiring, saying the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman has not spoken to him about his future plans.

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