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World Cup | '45 Minutes Of Bad Cricket Put Us Out,' Says Virat Kohli As Spirited India Fightback Falls Short Against New Zealand

Written By Ankit Prasad | Mumbai | Published:


  • India has been knocked out of the World Cup, with New Zealand winning the semifinal at Old Trafford by 18 runs
  • Team India skipper Virat Kohli has praised his opponents for their bowling and composure, and said that they deserved to win on the day
  • Kohli had lamented the Indian batsmen's shot selection and opined that a 45-minute spell during which the team's top-order collapsed had cost them a place in the final

Team India fell narrowly short on Wednesday as the second day of the World Cup semifinal at Manchester's Old Trafford against New Zealand witnessed the Kiwis come out on top by 18 runs. They had resumed batting at 211/5 in 46.1 overs after rain had interrupted them on Tuesday and set India a target of 240 to win. India were bowled out for 221 with 3 balls to play.

Virat Kohli who had led his side in the tournament so well had an off day in the knockout game. He spoke to media at the end of the Men In Blue's campaign and said that it was disappointing that a short spell of bad Cricket had undone all the good work that had come before.

"First half we were good with ball on the field. We got what we wanted," the skipper said, adding, 'I thought we had restricted New Zealand to a total that was gettable. Then they balled very well in the first half hour.'

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He proceeded to praise the Kiwi bowlers, 'Credit has to go to New Zealand bowlers, their skill level was on display, they got the swing.'

Coming to India's unlikely but spirited fightback, Kohli was asked whether he thought that MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja could have won the match for India, to which he said, 'For sure. Jaddu haad an outstanding couple of games, it was a great show of his skill set. The partnership with Dhoni was outstanding to see.'

'It was a game of margins,' the captain observed, adding that he was disappointed that '45 minutes of bad cricket put us out after so much good cricket' speaking about the collapse of the top-order.

'Shot selection could have been better,' he said when speaking about Team India's batting performance, though he, nonetheless, added that he was 'proud of how we competed and played a good standard of Cricket.' Ever the sportsperson, he reserved his last word for his triumphant opponents, saying 'New Zealand showed more composure than us. They deserved to win'

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