Rohit Sharma pens down an emotional tweet after India's World Cup exit

Tanya Simon
July 12, 2019

Former football captain Bhaichung Bhutia lauded India's performance in the ICC Cricket World Cup following the team's heartbreaking loss to New Zealand in the first semifinal, saying sometimes the best side doesn't win.

New Zealand left-arm seamer Trent Boult has revealed that his side gained "inspiration" from watching Pakistan beat India in the Champions Trophy final in 2017.

The seventh wicket partnership between Dhoni and Jadeja brought India back into the game from a near-impossible situation, only for the Kiwis to later outclass the Asians by 18 runs.

The India national cricket might have lost the semifinal against New Zealand at Old Trafford, Manchester but received a hefty amount from the International Cricket Council.

Two balls later, Dhoni had run himself out, thanks to a brilliant direct hit by Martin Guptill. "A dive would have changed it. India, you were so close.yet so far". Rohit (Sharma) got a brilliant ball. However, I think Virat Kohli was unlucky as it was a poor decision to give him out. Dhoni.you are an absolute legend.

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Coming in from deep fine leg, Guptill picked the ball up in one hand, before throwing down the stumps to catch Dhoni just centimetres out of his ground.

James Neesham took the final wicket of Yuzvendra Chahal as India were bowled out, with the Kiwis claiming a dramatic victory. Though experienced all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja then held the helms and helped his team to cross at least 200-mark by smashing four jaw-dropping sixes. He is a great ambassador for the game.

It has been learnt that it was batting coach Sanjay Bangar, who decided on Dhoni's slot and it will be questioned why the assistant coach was not vetoed by the chief coach? "And had Dhoni dived, who knows, he wouldn't have got run-out and would have taken India across the finishing line".

The CoA members led by chairman Vinod Rai, Diana Edulji and Lt Gen (Retd) Ravi Thodge will also have discussions with chairman of selectors MSK Prasad on a roadmap for India for next year's T20 World Cup in Australia.

"One thing about this side is it's got a lot of character in it, they keep fighting, we find ways to win when people write us off".

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