India captain Virat Kohli admitted his side had paid the price for “45 minutes of bad cricket” as he looked back on the wreckage of his side’s stunning World Cup exit.
Kohli’s team crashed to an unexpected 18-run defeat against New Zealand in the semi-finals at Old Trafford.
.Needing just 240 to reach Sunday’s final, two-time champions India were undone by a dismal start to their run chase.
Unable to cope with the pace bowling of Matt Henry and Trent Boult, India were reduced to 5-3, 24-4 and 92-6 before their Ravindra Jadeja-inspired late revival set up a tense finale that ultimately fell short.
Kohli, the world’s leading batsman, was one of the India stars to flop as he was dismissed for one alongside Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, who also only managed a single each.
“It’s tough, 45 minutes of bad cricket put you out of the tournament. It’s hard to come to terms with but New Zealand deserve it, they put us under pressure and came through in the key moments,” Kohli told Sky Sports.
“Our shot selection could’ve been better but otherwise we played a good brand of cricket and I’m proud of the way we played.
Kohli felt India had taken a huge step towards the final when they restricted New Zealand to 239-8 at the conclusion of the NZ’ rain-interrupted 50 overs — with the match carried over from Tuesday due to the bad weather.
Twitter reacted to the dismissal of Former Skipper MS Dhoni, who was spotted with teary eyes on return to the Pavilion.
Kohli in a tweet said the team is gutted and share the same emotion with their fans.
The India captain further expressed his gratitude to all the supporters who came out in huge numbers for the team.