India's star opener Rohit Sharma who broke records like never before in a sensational outing at the World Cup in England and Wales has issued a post on social media - his first since India's exit from the tournament.
Taking to Twitter, the Mumbai Indians captain who has become the first player ever to score five centuries at a single World Cup, has revealed his anguish that the team weren't able to make it to the finals and go all the way in the tournament that they dominated till coming up short against New Zealand in the knockouts.
He has lamented the 30-minute spell during the start of India's pursuit of New Zealand's 239-run total that saw him, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul dismissed for just one run each that so badly hampered India's innings. He says he has a heavy heart, and has issued a message of thanks for the fans:
After India's top order had collapsed and a few middle-order batsmen had also fallen, it had once again come down to MS Dhoni to salvage an unlikely win for India. Ravindra Jadeja, infamously maligned by commentator Sanjay Manjrekar, stepped up and took a lot of the pressure of Dhoni as the pair built a 100-run partnership, though it was not to be as both got out and India's innings eventually wound up with the Kiwis still ahead by 19 runs.
Rohit Sharma had scored 5 centuries before the New Zealand match, plus one half-century, with a strike rate of nearly a run-per-ball. He scored 648 runs in total, considerably more than the next highest, captain Kohli with 443 runs.
England and New Zealand will contest the World Cup final on Sunday, as the Cricketing world readies itself for a first-time champion after 23 years - Sri Lanka's triumph in 1996.