Indian fans hurt by World Cup exit but proud of team

Ross Houston
July 11, 2019

Ravindra Jadeja was playing only his second match in the World Cup 2019 but still managed to make an impact with his all-round performance as he nearly pulled off a miracle for Team India in the first semi-final against New Zealand.

Cricket is like a religion in India, where players can enjoy godlike status when they win but see their effigies burnt and houses pelted with stones when they lose. The ball was just clipping the bails and he was given out by the on-field umpire.

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.

Watch Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar speaking exclusively to India Today on team India's semi-final defeat to New Zealand in Manchester.

Kohli insisted the defeat, which came after India won seven of nine group games, will eventually be dissected to work out what went wrong.

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

"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. "They hit ideal line and length and forced us to make errors". India is out of the World Cup.

Acknowledging the fighting spirit displayed until the last overs despite suffering early setbacks in terms of losing its top batsmen, the Indian cricket team has received a pat on the back for the die-hard spirit shown in the cricket world cup semi-final match against New Zealand.

He admitted afterwards that he had been unable to control his emotions in the moment, but owned up to failing when it mattered most for his team. "You make errors, you make decisions which are not right at that time and you have to accept it". "Each player tried really hard but it was just not our day", Khanna said.

"We are sad but not devastated".

That sentiment was mirrored by many back home too.

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