KL Rahul started the tournament as the answer to India’s number four problem. However, that all changed after Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of the World Cup because of being injured during the group stage match against Australia.
Dhawan's injury was a shocker for the Men in Blue and its fans as Shikhar Dhawan has a great record in ICC tournaments. India was left with a big question, "Who will open with Rohit?" became a debate. To India's relief, KL Rahul adapted to the opening position and was phenomenal. KL Rahul scored 360 runs in the World Cup with his highest being 110 which was also his maiden World Cup century.
After the shocking defeat, KL Rahul took to Twitter to talk about the World Cup campaign. He is heartbroken that India didn’t end up on the winning side. He believes that the Men In Blue have stood strong through the past six weeks and with them, the fans.
Read the tweet here:
The semifinal match was a ‘tale of two days’ as it was scheduled to be played on Tuesday but was washed off by rain. Thanks to a reserve day the match started from where it had ended on Tuesday. The Kiwis skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bat first. New Zealand scored 211/5 in 46.1 overs before the match was suspended for the day and added 28 runs on Wednesday, setting a target of 240 for the Men In Blue to chase.
India's run chase of 240 against New Zealand started off on a disastrous note as they were reduced to 5/3 in the fourth over, riding on some brilliant spells from the Kiwi pacers Trent Boult and Matt Henry. Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant got good starts but couldn’t capitalise. Ravindra Jadeja came to the crease and along with MS Dhoni put up a sensational partnership that almost brought India to the finish line.