Team India's run at the World Cup ended after their 18-run loss against New Zealand in semifinal at Old Trafford in Manchester on Wednesday. At the same time, this was also the Men In Blue's second consecutive semi-final loss in the quadrennial event while the Black Caps on the other side qualified for their second straight World Cup final.
Speaking to the media after India's exit from the showpiece event, Captain Virat Kohli said that the team's effort during the run chase was commendable but the first spell, wherein Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and LK Rahul all got out for a combined total of 3 runs, made all the difference as the perfect line and length bowled by the Kiwi bowlers forced them to make mistakes. Kohli also highlighted the tricky situations about the knockout matches.
'Feel bad for the result, everyone goes out to win the match. There's a reason it's called a knockout.'
Meanwhile, Kohli was also asked about the infamous Twitter face-off between Ravindra Jadeja, who led India's fightback as the team came within reach of qualification, and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar.
"I don't think we had to say anything to Jadeja after what happened. He was ready to come on. The talent's always been there. I've played with him for 10 years. This was his best knock as per me, especially given the pressure. He was very motivated. We thought the game could be closed out, but in ODI cricket, one mistake, one instance of lack-of-execution, can cost you," the Skipper said about the all-rounder's 77 run innings and one wicket.
Virat then called Jadeja a very understated but a top cricketer.
Earlier, in response to being called a 'bits-and-pieces' player by Manjrekar, Ravindra Jadeja had tweeted the following:
Kohli also admitted that they were not good enough under pressure while chasing 240.
"Rohit and I got very good balls. Yes, some shot selection could have been better. We thought we could get the score. 240 is comfortable. For first 6-7 overs we didn't get the ball to drive. We're not shying away from accepting failure and that we weren't good enough under pressure."
Here's what the skipper had to say when asked about Rishabh Pant's dismissal at a crucial stage and when he was seen rowing with head coach Ravi Shastri.
"He did well to overcome the situation. In hindsight, he's still young, and even in my youth, I made many errors. In time he'll realise, or maybe even now. The talent is there for everyone to see. A few shots weren't good."