Virat Kohli reacts to criticism after Indias World Cup exit

Florence Fletcher
July 12, 2019

This was after India crashed out of the World Cup after an 18 run defeat at the hands of New Zealand this morning.

A poor first innings total from New Zealand of 239-8 left India as heavy favorites to book themselves a spot at this year's final at Lords.

By the third over of the second innings, New Zealand had India on the ropes at 5-3, with Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, and star captain Virat Kohli all falling for one run apiece.

"I completely appreciate the way he played in the whole tournament. They hit flawless line and length and forced us to make errors".

Unfortunately for the Men in Blue and Kohli, that "one out of 10" probability has occurred on the worst possible occasions of the 2017 Champions Trophy final and the last two World Cup semi-finals in a row.

"It was an outstanding way to try and kick things off and try and get into a position of strength and I thought the way the bowlers and the fielders operated throughout, on a big field, was a great effort". "But the way they bowled in that first half an hour was the difference in the game", he said. "And had Dhoni dived, who knows, he wouldn't have got run-out and would have taken India across the finishing line", he added.

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"To bowl as outstandingly as they did in a high-pressure game makes victory over India one of New Zealand's best ever one-day performances", Vettori wrote in his column for the International Cricket Council.

For those into risk analysis and birds, New Zealand was always going to be a tough customer as a harbinger of a "black swan", or an event that comes as a surprise - and as this editorial amply provides an example of - an event that is rationalised in hindsight.

Dhoni (50) and Ravindra Jadeja (77) added 116 runs for the seventh wicket partnership in the nail-biting match but fell short of reaching the target of 240 runs. The Virat Kohli-led India were one of the pre-tournament favourites and did justice to their reputation barring the semi-finals where one bad day in the office ended their dreams.

"We are sad, but we are not, you know, devastated because of the kind of cricket that we played in this tournament".

"We are not shying away from accepting that we did not stand up to the challenge and we were not good enough under pressure". No one wants to lose a game.

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