Indian fans hurt by World Cup exit but proud of team

New Zealand's Mitchell Santner celebrates with team mates after taking the wicket of India's Hardik Pandya in World Cup semi-final on July 10. — Reuters

Never before did the first three batsmen of a team got out for one run each in a match.

His comments have been severely criticised by cricket fans from all over the world on the social media platform as the former Indian captain is respected by people for his contribution to the game of cricket.

Ravindra Jadeja's brilliant 77-run knock against New Zealand went in vain as India lost their World Cup semi-final affair by a meagre 18-run margin at the Old Trafford. No one wants to lose a game.

"Every game throughout the round-robin was worth a couple of points so they were all important", Williamson said.

Pre-tournament favourites India had topped the group table to book the semi-final clash with fourth-placed underdogs New Zealand.

The victory sent 2015 runners-up New Zealand to their second consecutive World Cup final and Vettori said they would be full of confidence. Till the time he was there, it looked like he would win the game for India. "If there is a low total, we knew there's probably only one or two sides in world cricket that will put seven fielders in the ring and one was going to be New Zealand".

Daniel Vettori takes a wicket for New Zealand.

"Today we were not good enough".

He admitted afterwards that he had been unable to control his emotions in the moment, but owned up to failing when it mattered most for his team. However, I think Virat Kohli was unlucky as it was a poor decision to give him out. "We have to accept that and accept the failure as it shows on the scoreboard".

"But in time we will have to sit down and analyse things that we could have done right in this game".

Jadeja and MS Dhoni put on 116 runs for the seventh wicket to fix the damage, but their wickets spelt the end for the pre-tournament favourites. India Today YouTube channel offers latest news videos on Politics, Business, Cricket, Bollywood, Lifestyle, Auto, Technology, Travel, Entertainment and a lot more.

He also termed 37-year-old Dhoni as legend.

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