The journey to the ICC World Cup final has come to an end for India as they lost to New Zealand by 18 runs. Although India were in a better position when they restricted New Zealand within 239 in the reserve day after the game was stopped in the scheduled day. However, Virat Kohli shared bad shot selection cost them the game. Matt Henry and Trent Boult dismantled India’s batting line up and left them struggling at 24/4. Though at first, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya and later MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja tried their best, their efforts went in vain with the dismissals of both Jadeja and Dhoni.
“At times, I think our shot selection could have been better. But really proud of the way we competed throughout the tournament,” said disappointed Virat Kohli in the post-match presentation. “The first half, we were very, very good. We got what we needed at that point. We thought we had restricted New Zealand to a chaseable score but the way they come out with the ball was what made the difference,” he added.
Matt Henry bagged three wickets, while Mitchell Santner and Trent Boult picked up two each for the Kiwis. However, the turning point was the direct throw of Martin Guptill which dismissed MS Dhoni and the hope of India’s win, finished there.
“New Zealand deserve it, they put us under more pressure. I think it was the skill level on display (from NZ bowlers) was there for all to see,” Kohli said. “New Zealand were braver than us and deserve to win.”
However, Virat Kohli praised Ravindra Jadeja and shared that Jadeja has been doing pretty well in recent times. He even thanked all the people out there who came to watch the game and support them.
“Jadeja had a really good couple of games and it’s his performances that are a huge positive,” Kohli said. “Thanks to all the fans, thanks for coming out in huge numbers,” he concluded.