The veteran Indian opener, Rohit Sharma, who broke the record for most centuries in a single edition of the World Cup by scoring five centuries, reflected on India’s semi-final loss against New Zealand from the tournament with a “heavy heart” on Friday.
Under the leadership of Virat Kohli, India’s World Cup campaign ended in the semi-final, which was played over two days, as they lost by 18 runs to New Zealand in Manchester. Sharma, who had scored a record five centuries for India in the league stages, was dismissed just for one run in the second over of the chase.
Describing the same on Twitter, Sharma said, “We failed to deliver as a team when it mattered, 30 minutes of poor cricket yesterday and that snatched away our chance for the cup. My heart is heavy as I’m sure yours is too. The support away from home was incredible. Thank you all for painting most of UK blue wherever we played”.
We failed to deliver as a team when it mattered, 30 minutes of poor cricket yesterday & that snatched away our chance for the cup. My heart is heavy as I’m sure yours is too.The support away from home was incredible.Thank you all for painting most of uk blue wherever we played 🇮🇳
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) July 11, 2019
With the help of the disciplined bowling attack led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/43), Team India managed to restrict New Zealand to a gettable total of 239 for eight. However, India’s much-celebrated top-order, comprising Rohit, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli was back to the hut under 4 overs during the chase. India’s scoreboard read 5/3 in 3.1 overs.
Dinesh Karthik also didn’t take long to join the top-3 batsmen back in the pavilion after losing his wicket for six, leaving India reeling at 24/4 in 10 overs. It was all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who had no intention of giving up and stitched a century stand with wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni for the seventh-wicket to keep India’s hope alive for some time.
Jadeja top-scored for India with 77 runs, while Dhoni was run out just after completing his half-century in the penultimate over of the game. India was bowled out for 221 in 49.3 overs, in the chase of 240 in Manchester.