On Wednesday, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and KL Rahul only managed to score just 1 run each as India lost to New Zealand by 18 runs in the semi-final of the ongoing ICC World Cup. The two openers, Rohit and Rahul got out after edging away-swinging deliveries while Virat was adjudged LBW off the bowling of Trent Boult.
Even after Kohli took the DRS call, the on-field decision stayed as replays suggested the ball was just clipping the bails. Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar termed Kohli’s dismissal as “unlucky” and a “poor decision”. In a video on his Youtube channel, Shoaib said, “It was a poor batting performance by the top five players. Rohit (Sharma) got a brilliant ball. However, I think Virat Kohli was unlucky as it was a poor decision to give him out. The ball was just clipping the bails and he was given out by the on-field umpire.”
Chasing 240, Indian batsmen were left flabbergasted by Matt Henry’s brilliant opening spell as he returned figures of 3/37. Ravindra Jadeja (77) and MS Dhoni (50) shared a 116-run partnership for the seventh wicket have some hope to the fans. Eventually, it wasn’t enough for a win, especially after Dhoni was run owing to a brilliant direct hit by Martin Guptill.
Talking about the same, Akhtar said, “So close, yet so far for India. It was a brilliant fightback from the lower order after the top-order batsmen gave away their wickets on ordinary deliveries. The other batsmen also did not show much intent until Jadeja came in and played superbly. And so was Dhoni who kept India in the hunt. It was unfortunate that Jadeja got out to a ball that he could have hit for a six. And had Dhoni dived, who knows, he wouldn’t have got run-out and would have taken India across the finishing line.”
Terming Dhoni a legend, Shoaib said that former Indian skipper is a great ambassador for the game as till the time MS was in the middle, the game wasn’t lost for India. However, he was unfortunate and couldn’t take India to the finals.
New Zealand will now play either Australia or England in the final on Sunday at Lord’s.