Virat Kohli reacts to criticism after Indias World Cup exit

Tanya Simon
July 11, 2019

Asked whether IPL-style playoffs should be an option in future, Kohli said, "Who knows in future". Sourav Ganguly, on-air for Star Sports, questioned the decision of holding an experienced batsman like MS Dhoni back when the team was under pressure after losing early wickets.

"Still I have played twice the number of matches you have played and I m still playing". It doesn't matter what you have done before that. It was just unfortunate that the game went into the second day. What can I say about the way in which they played? "It's a different challenge for all the teams to turn up on that day and be absolutely at the top of their game and whoever does that they get the result, as you saw today".

Dhoni (50) and Ravindra Jadeja (77) added 116 runs for the seventh wicket partnership in the nail-biting match but fell short of reaching the target of 240 runs.

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

"Just because India had won all their games so far, maybe they thought they would be able to win this game easily as well", he said.

"All these guys have a lot of pride and passion to play for their country and they are the ones who feel the most disappointed when a mistake happens".

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The dust of India's World Cup exit will take some time to settle but there is no doubt that they need to have a long and hard look about solving their middle-order woes before it comes back to cost them again in an important knockout clash. "They don't sledge, they don't irritate the opposition, they just focus on doing the job and they have a very good sportsman's spirit". "So he was very motivated", he said.

Manjrekar, who drew flak for calling Jadeja a "bits and pieces cricketer", admitted that the all-rounder proved him completely wrong with the bat, ball and his fielding at Old Trafford.

Kohli was also full of praise for the Black Caps, saying he wasn't at all surprised by the way they came out fighting while defending the modest total.

And after what New Zealand media quickly dubbed "The Manchester Miracle", the understated Williamson insisted the 2015 runners-up had every chance of going one better and winning their first World Cup title.

New Zealand picked up where they left off on Wednesday, at 211/5, before then shocking the Indian team by reducing them to five for three.

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